Country request mechanism

One of the unique features that allows IMPACT to deliver tailored policy, technical and scientific support in the focus regions is the ‘country support request mechanism,’ developed with partner countries during the inception phase of the project.

This is how the mechanism works: the requesting body – which can be a regional organisation or a national government department, for example – contacts one of our regional partners (SPREP in the Pacific, CCCCC in the Caribbean and Climate Analytics Lomé in West Africa), specifying its climate-related needs. Our regional scientists then work with the requesting body and regional partners to develop the best approach to deliver this support. Since the implementation of the mechanism in 2017, IMPACT has responded to more than 20 requests. Details

Contacts
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Caribbean Region –
West Africa –

 

About IMPACT

IMPACT is a cross-cutting, multi-faceted project that is implemented by a wide range of institutions in three regions – the Pacific, West Africa and the Caribbean. It aims to strengthen capacities in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to co-develop scientific outputs and knowledge products and to support relevant actors to make use of them in the development and implementation of transformational climate adaptation and mitigation strategies. Our approach also aims to enhance access to international climate finance and better equip SIDS and LDCs in engaging in UNFCCC negotiations.

IMPACT is funded by the German Ministry of Environment as part of its International Climate Initiative.

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Project updates

Climate tools webinars

Climate Analytics is hosting three webinars to give participants hands-on experience with the climate tools developed under IMPACT. The webinars will cover the same material but will take place at different times to accommodate participants in the three IMPACT regions. Two will be in English (for Caribbean and West Africa; Pacific) and a third will be in French, to accommodate francophone West African participants.

You can register for the different webinars at the following links:
16 September (Caribbean and West Africa), 10am Eastern Standard Time, 2pm Greenwich Mean Time
18 September (Pacific), 10am West Samoa Time
18 September (West Africa), 2pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

The tools covered by the webinar include: RegioCrop; Local Sea Level Rise; RegioClim (developed under PAS-PNA project); Costs of Inaction; Adaptation Map

The webinar in the Pacific will include a presentation on a new guide on how to develop a Theory of Change.

 

New climate tools

Climate Analytics has produced new climate tools as part of the IMPACT project. These include a map providing an overview of adaptation actions that have been taken by 11 countries in West Africa and the Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) since 2010; and another showing the additional economic damages – the costs of inaction – that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) face in a 3°C world compared with 1.5°C, the limit set out in the Paris Agreement.

Adaptation Map for West Africa and Caribbean
Costs of Inaction

Other tools developed under IMPACT and other Climate Analytics project:

RegioCrop
Local Sea Level Rise (Local SLR)
RegioClim (developed under the PAS-PNA project)

The full list of Climate Analytics tools can be found here.

 

IMPACT IPCC special report workshops

The IMPACT project co-organised a series of workshops on IPCC reports, one in Burkina Faso on the special report on Land (SR Land), and two on the special report on oceans and the cryosphere (SROCC), in Samoa and Belize. At the Burkina Faso workshop, co-organised with WASCAL, delegates from the organisations CILSS/AGHRYMET, UEMOA and ECOWAS as well as IPCC and UNFCCC focal points and key scientists from ten West African countries discussed important issues for the region arising from SR Land and ways of strengthening regional scientific cooperation. At the Samoa workshop, co-organised with the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, much of the focus was on how to strengthen SCROCC from a small island developing states (SIDS) perspective. In Belize, participants at the workshop co-organised with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and Charles Associates discussed pertinent SCROCC issues for the region and stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation amongst Caribbean countries on IPCC matters.

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Climate diplomacy

Beyond offsets? Market mechanisms under the Paris agreement

For many years, small islands have called for the market mechanisms to go beyond offsetting to deliver measurable, net mitigation that the atmosphere actually sees: a real reduction in emissions.

Market mechanisms, or more broadly emission trading schemes, have been around for a long time, including, for example the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the Kyoto Protocol. Ongoing negotiations on the rules for markets under the Paris Agreement provide an important moment to reflect on what we want markets to deliver, and to design a system that goes beyond simple offsetting.

The submission by the Alliance of Small Islands States lays out how market mechanisms should be designed.

 

International Climate Finance

One of the key aspects of our climate diplomacy work under IMPACT is to support negotiators, government ministries and delegates of a number of LDCs and SIDS in navigating and shaping the rules guiding of UNFCCC Funds, including the Green Climate Fund.

Since the establishment of the GCF in 2010, we have been supporting SIDS and LDC board members to sustain their active engagement and to enable them to participate equitably in the work of the board, including its technical panels and committees.

BLOG: The role of finance and investment in meeting the 1.5°C goal

Five key messages from the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C on the role of investments and finance for mitigation and adaptation, in particular for the most vulnerable countries.

 

Where action on climate change, sustainable development and oceans intersects - Belize's vision for AOSIS

If we stand still we are at risk of losing our coasts, our reefs, our land and our food. This is as much a reality for Small Island Developing States as it is for the world,” said Ambassador Lois M. Young, launching Belize’s two-year term leading the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). The Caribbean nation’s vision for the Alliance, which turns 30 this year, focuses on ambitious action on climate change, sustainable development and oceans.

 

Publications

Blogs

Troubled land: a call for sustainable land use and rapid climate action
The IPCC’s latest report explores the complex interactions between climate change, land degradation and food security. It provides a stark reminder that climate change places the life support systems that land provides at risk.

The building blocks for vital climate adaptation in small islands
Improving access to climate finance and increasing absorption of funding opportunities are integral to speeding up Small Island Developing States’ (SIDS) efforts to enhance adaptation and build long-term resilience to climate change.

Glacial melt spells more trouble in the Himalayan LDCs
The recent landmark report on glacial melt in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region paints a drastic picture, indicating that the glaciers will melt by one third even if the global temperature rise is limited to 1.5°C. However, the picture becomes even bleaker for the region’s Least Developed Countries.

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Peer-reviewed

More peer-reviewed publications

 

Workshops

In collaboration with partner organisations, IMPACT organises regular workshops for stakeholders in the three regions – Pacific, Caribbean and West Africa, and holds regular meetings of its Advisory Committee during UNFCCC sessions. You can find more information, photos and reports from these workshops here.

 

Events

We organise and support public events to share the latest scientific information about how climate change affects vulnerable countries to amplify their call for urgent and ambitious climate action. You can find more information, photos and presentations from events organised through the IMPACT project here.

 

IMPACT and the NDC Partnership

Climate Analytics is part of the NDC Support Cluster, established by the German Ministry of Environment as part of its International Climate Initiative (ICI), which aims to promote coordinated consultations and maximise synergies in the partner countries. Organisations connected with implementing agencies from all regions exchange and cooperate to deliver timely and tailored support to developing countries in the implementation of their NDCs.

In an analysis prepared for the NDC Partnership our experts looked into the recent developments in terms of NDCs submission and renewables deployment. They also outlined a number of instruments that can be utilised to decrease the gap between current emissions trends and the Paris Agreement compatible emissions pathways.

 

Partner Organisations

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC)

 

Le Comité Permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS)

 

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

 

West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL)

 

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research

 

Charles & Associates Inc (Grenada)