Contribution to the Sixth Assessment Cycle of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


The Intergovemental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides governments with scientific evidence to inform climate policies and international climate change negotiations. The project will strengthen evidence and representation of mountain regions from developing countries in the next IPCC report, strengthen the IPCC science-policy dialogue in Switzerland on these matters, establish science-policy dialogues in 5 dev. countries and launch a mentoring programme for young climate scientists.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Global
Climate change and environment
Environmental policy
01.03.2019 - 30.06.2022
CHF  620’000
Background The objective of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is to provide governments at all levels with scientific information that they can use to develop climate policies. IPCC reports are also a key input into international climate change negotiations. Several SDC partners are strongly engaged as lead authors in the current IPPC assessment report, notably on mountain chapters and chapters related to climate resilient development pathways. These partners will receive institutional support for additional human resources (specifically in form of chapter scientists from developing countries), strengthen the IPCC science-policy dialogue in Switzerland, establish science-policy dialogues in 5 developing countries and launch a mentoring programme for young climate scientists.
Objectives Evidence about climate change impacts and adaptation strategies in mountain areas and climate resilient development pathways is strengthened in the IPCC Sixth Assessment (AR6) process. The project will contribute to increase evidence, regional representation and capacity-building of developing countries in the IPCC process, whilst ensuring its relevance and legitimacy through participatory processes and dialogues for sustainable development-focused policy making.
Target groups Young climate scientists from developing countries, climate scientists and development practitioners in Switzerland and at ICIMOD, national IPCC stakeholders in 5 developing countries.
Medium-term outcomes
  • Outcome 1: Strengthening evidence and representation of mountain regions from developing countries in the IPCC AR6 Working Group II report.
  • Outcome 2: Strengthen Science-Policy exchange in Switzerland related to mountain regions in the IPCC AR6 for sharing development relevant issues.
  • Outcome 3: Increase awareness and utilisation of IPCC AR6 outcomes in selected developing countries to enhance application of climate science in shaping climate and sustainable development policies
  • Outcome 4: IPCC AR6 is conducted through an inclusive process based on strengthened capacities in developing countries
Results

Expected results:  

  • Solid evidence from developing countries informs cross-chapter on mountains
  • Additional chapter scientists recruited from developing countries
  • Meetings and briefing material for Swiss IPCC science-policy dialogues
  • IPCC related science-policy workshops in 5 development countries (regions) conducted
  • Mentoring programme for climate scientists from developing countries launched and cohort of 6 scientist selected


Results from previous phases:   (Not applicable)


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Swiss Academic and Research Institution
  • Other Swiss academic and research institutions


Other partners

FOEN as lead partner in the IPCC negotiations
ProClim, as dialogue partners in the Swiss science-policy platforms.

SDC offices in Delhi, Lima and Tbilissi (and potentially Bangladesh and Kenya/Ethiopia.

Coordination with other projects and actors

The organisations receiving support are engaged in several SDC projects on mountains, notably IHCAP, 3SCA, GLACIARES+, PACC, CICADA and will feed projects findings into the IPCC process.

A new GPCCE programme on Climate Change Adaptation in mountains will be launched in 2019 and provides another opportunity to including findings of the IPCC reports in national and regional processes.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    620’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    560’000 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF   620’000
Project phases Phase 1 01.03.2019 - 30.06.2022   (Current phase)