Climate policy gained significant relevance in India. However, despite the development of a National Action Plan on Climate Change (2008), the Indian Environmental and Climate Ministry (MoEFCC) is not yet equipped with sufficient capacities in order to pool and refine relevant climate expertise for corroborating its climate policy.
Superordinate cooperation or the exchange of climate information is missing so far on national level. In early 2014, the Indian government thus decided the initiation of the National Institute for Climate Change Studies and Actions (NICCSA) as an authority under the MoEFCC in order to provide expertise to Indian climate policy making.
The project aims at supporting NICCSA with the successful implementation of its mandate as assigned by the Indian government and establishing the institute as an entity nationally as well as internationally well respected. NICCSA shall be enabled to process the accumulated knowledge related to climate policy and provide a basis for policy design. The project will support the development of NICCSA through capacity development measures, it will link NICCSA to national and international research institutes and it will furthermore assist the partners with the preparation of climate related studies. In addition, a publicly available knowledge platform on climate issues will be set up and broadly communicated by a campaign. The project will support the development of NICCSA through capacity development-measures; it will introduce NICCSA into the international network of research institutes and provide assistance for the preparation of climate related studies. Furthermore, a publicly available knowledge platform on the issue of climate will be established and communicated via a campaign.
The trained employees of NICCSA will distribute their knowledge to various scientific and governmental institutions on subnational level. NICCSA will be able to act as a coordinator in the field of climate sciences and will hence actively contribute to an efficient knowledge management. It is furthermore expected that NICCSA will take part in the development and implementation of adaptation and mitigation measures and thus will help to increase the certainty for economic and political planning.