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Environmentally friendly cement for countries experiencing a construction boom

An Indian worker builds a wall with LC3 blocks.

01.01.2013 - 31.05.2017

The SDC is promoting the development of an environmentally friendly type of cement. It is supporting a team of people from Switzerland, India and Cuba who are researching the characteristics of the cement, known as LC3, and producing it on a trial basis. LC3 is made to a different recipe than conventional cement, as a result of which CO2 emissions in production are up to 30% lower.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
India
Environment
Mitigation of the effects of climate change

01.01.2013 - 31.05.2017


CHF 4'092'000



Construction assistance in India: Improving energy efficiency in buildings

Residential buildings in India

15.12.2012 - 30.09.2017

The SDC is supporting the Indian government in its efforts to reduce energy consumption in new buildings. The project helps develop the skills of architects, project managers, engineers and research institutes in the field of energy efficiency.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
India
Environment
Mitigation of the effects of climate change

15.12.2012 - 30.09.2017


CHF 4'965'000



Project completed

Getting the largest possible number of people to adopt the practice of washing their hands with soap

Colored markers make it possible to verify how effectively schoolchildren have washed their hands

01.04.2012 - 30.06.2014

In developing countries, diarrhea and acute respiratory infections are responsible for two-thirds of infant mortality, i.e., five times more than malaria and thirteen times more than VIH/AIDS. And yet, simply giving your hands a good washing with soap constitutes a very effective way to counter these infectious diseases. In India, the SDC is active in promoting this practice by means of a large-scale awareness-raising campaign involving the social media, famous cricket players, and Bollywood stars.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Africa
India
Drinking water and basic sanitation (WASH - Water for people)
Communicable diseases

01.04.2012 - 30.06.2014


CHF 1'200'000



Planned project

Capacity building project for low carbon and climate resilient city development in India (CapaCITIES)

01.08.2019 - 30.09.2021

India is facing the challenges of rapid urbanisation, growing urban poverty and risks posed by climate change. Integrating climate change strategies in urban planning and governance through a combination of measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to cope with the effects of a changing climate have been identified as a key approach for sustainable cities in India. SDC aims to support this approach by building up capacities of national and city authorities, transferring expertise and best practices in selected sectors, and facilitating learning among cities.


Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Watershed Management (ICCA-WM)

01.10.2017 - 30.09.2023

Watershed management provides a practical framework for increasing the agricultural productivity in rainfed areas, while addressing the challenges of climate variability and change. Following the interest of the National Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) in SDC India’s experience of integrating climate change adaptation into classic watershed management approaches, the project aims to integrate climate change adaptation into the watershed component of the largest National programme.



Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme

01.01.2016 - 31.12.2019

The sensitivity of the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) to changes in global climate has been recognised and given priority by the Government of India. However, knowledge and scientific information on climate change impacts on the IHR is still limited and capacities to adapt are weak. The Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) aims at bridging the knowledge gap on climate change impacts and response measures by supporting collaborative research, capacity building and knowledge exchange and dissemination.


Capacity Building for Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development in India (CapaCITIES)

01.10.2014 - 31.05.2019

India is rapidly urbanising. The growing Indian cities are increasingly affected by climate change. At the same time, they are becoming important sources of greenhouse gas emissions. of the project CapaCITIES aims at enabling climate responsive urban planning in four partner cities, supporting sectoral measures for adapting to the effects of climate change and for reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as fostering knowledge exchange and dissemination.


Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Actions (3SCA)

01.01.2014 - 30.06.2019

India recently approved State level Actions Plans to address Climate Change (SAPCCs). However, institutional capacities for implementing these plans are weak. Through this project, the Global Programme Climate Change (GPCC) will support the operationalisation of SAPCCs in three states in India (Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Madhya Pradesh) by strengthening capacities in planning and implementing relevant climate actions across select sectors including water, disaster management, forest and energy.


Project completed

Food security knowledge platform and policy dialogue India

01.08.2013 - 31.12.2016

India, a potent emerging economy of 1.3 billion people, has an endemic food insecurity affecting hundreds of millions of people today and is home of half of the world’s malnourished children. Complex societal structures and political deficiencies are part of the challenge. The present project aims at increasing the policy coherence for effective action to improve food and nutrition security. It will do so by bringing new evidence on the fundamental problems to be tackled, and by stimulating the dialogue between people and institutions engaged in poverty reduction, agricultural production, food distribution and economic development in the States of Gujarat, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh. Their joint engagement for better policies should help reduce food insecurity sustainably.


Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology (ISCB)

01.01.2013 - 31.10.2017

In the context of increasing global challenges, rapid demographic changes, degradation of natural resources and impact of climate change, the Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology develops innovative products with the aim to improve food security, sustainable and climate resilient agriculture. Swiss and Indian research institutions join forces in a partnership to develop products that are oriented towards market integration. Based on a long-standing partnership the new phase will particularly endeavour to focus research on farmers’ needs and to better integrate innovations in a value-chain approach.


Project completed

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