Country support 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, which can take a number of forms – workshops or ‘writeshops,’ briefings, technical support to develop proposals to access to international climate funds or national climate policies, for example.
Since the implementation of the mechanism in 2017, IMPACT has responded to more than 20 requests, ranging from assessing the environmental damage, waste problems and immediate actions after cyclone Gita hit the Pacific region in February 2018, to long term strategic planning such reviewing the scientific background of Belize’s National Climate Change Policy, Strategy and Action Plan to Address Climate Change (NCCPSAP). Another important area of support is improving the access to international climate finance: currently, five Pacific SIDS are at different steps in the process of applying for GCF funds, supported by our experts.