Climate change and the environment

Climate change around the world is creating new challenges for those involved in international development. © CCO

The impact of climate change has no geographical boundaries. It affects everyone, all over the world, and is particularly hard on those whose livelihoods depend directly on the natural environment. Climate change is one cause of poverty, hunger and natural disasters.

Climate change around the world is creating new challenges for those involved in international development, since poor countries and population groups are much harder hit than prosperous ones. Climate change hampers development and jeopardises the progress that has already been achieved. For this reason, climate change mitigation and management are increasingly important elements of development cooperation. The SDC's Global Programme Climate Change, in particular, takes account of this trend.

Sustainable forestry

Action on forest management and land use has the potential to offset many times the current annual global greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy supply

Modern energy services and the efficient use of energy are crucial to optimised production processes and improved living conditions for people.

Funding the fight against climate change

The SDC includes combating climate change in its poverty reduction strategy.

Climate change adaptation

With its Global Programme Climate Change, the SDC is helping especially vulnerable population groups on several continents to adapt to climate change.

Mountainous regions

Mountains are home to one-fifth of the world's population and a source of water for half of humanity. As a mountainous country, Switzerland supports sustainable development of mountain regions.

Documents

Current projects

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IFAD: International Fund for Agricultural Development – Core Contribution

01.01.2016 - 31.12.2018

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialised agency of the United Nations mandated to enable poor rural women and men to improve their food security and nutrition, raise their incomes and strengthen their resilience. Its mandate therefore dovetails with the priorities of Switzerland's development policy.

Topic Period Budget
Environment
Agricultural production (incl. management of natural resources)
Agriculture value-chain development
Adaptation to the effects of climate change

01.01.2016 - 31.12.2018


CHF 45'087'000



Forging a common ‘Nile culture’ through music and academic training

Nile Project musicians on a boat.

01.05.2015 - 31.07.2017

To make the Nile Basin a common ground and shared ecosystem for the inhabitants of the eleven countries through which the Nile River flows, the SDC supports the innovative musical and educational Nile Project. The project brings together artists, students and concerned citizens. A series of acclaimed concerts has taken place since 2013; at the same time, students are developing initiatives to foster a better use of water resources.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Egypt
Economy and Employment
Education
Migration
Environment
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Economy and Employment
Culture
Disaster Risk Reduction – Preparedness
Education policy
Environment protection
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development
Mitigation of the effects of climate change
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Migration generally (development aspects and partnerships)

01.05.2015 - 31.07.2017


CHF 750'000



UN CC:Learn – Integrating climate change in school curricula

Three girls and a boy sitting in a classroom.

01.03.2014 - 31.08.2017

UN CC:Learn is a partnership of 33 multilateral organisations which supports member states in designing and implementing results-oriented and sustainable learning to address climate change. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is provided by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). UN CC:Learn supports countries in developing national strategies to strengthen human resources and skills to advance green, low emission and climate resilient development (also referred to as climate change learning strategies).

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Global
Environment
Adaptation to the effects of climate change
Mitigation of the effects of climate change
Disaster Risk Reduction – Prevention

01.03.2014 - 31.08.2017


CHF 3'000'000



Building a better future with cleaner bricks

Workers packing the fired bricks

01.11.2013 - 31.10.2017

Clay brick production in South Africa produces large emissions of greenhouse gases due to the use of old, energy-inefficient clamp firing systems. To solve this problem SDC is supporting the South-South technology transfer of the Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln. This energy-efficient technology considerably reduces coal consumption and cuts CO2 emissions by half. The first pilot plant was inaugurated in September 2011 in Jeffrey’s Bay, Eastern Cape.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
South Africa
Economy and Employment
Environment
Mitigation of the effects of climate change
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development

01.11.2013 - 31.10.2017


CHF 4'150'000



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



Energising Development

Three children sitting on the floor doing their homework

01.11.2012 - 31.12.2017

Approximately 18% of the world's population does not have access to electricity even though this is essential for sustainable development and reducing poverty. The SDC supports the "Energising Development" project (EnDev) that aims to ensure sustainable access to energy for some 15 million people in developing countries by 2018.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Global
Economy and Employment
Environment
Mitigation of the effects of climate change
Labor market development

01.11.2012 - 31.12.2017


CHF 9'000'000



Accompagnement des initiatives des organisations paysannes pour la sécurité alimentaire, la gestion des ressources naturelles et la promotion des exploitations familiales

01.05.2012 - 31.05.2017

La productivité des exploitations agricoles au Mali reste faible. Pour l’augmenter et pour assurer la sécurité alimentaire des populations concernées, les organisations paysannes réalisent un appui technique aux exploitations agricoles familiales et introduisent des innovations appropriées. Elles renforcent aussi les capacités d’approvisionnement, de gestion de stocks, de transformation et de commercialisation des produits agro pastoraux. Ces activités se réalisent dans les régions de concentration de la DDC au Mali, à Sikasso, à Mopti et à Tombouctou.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Mali
Economy and Employment
Environment
Agricultural policy and regulatory frameworks (incl. trade)
Labor market development
Environment protection

01.05.2012 - 31.05.2017


CHF 4'000'000



Using biofuels to combat the energy crisis

Farmer Fernando in front of a fermenter tank for making biogas from slurry (district of Calimete, province of Matanzas)

01.04.2012 - 31.05.2017

The use of biofuels does not necessarily have a negative impact on food production and thus on food security. The two goals can be combined, as is shown in an SDC project in Cuba. In July 2012 in Guantánamo a plant started work which transforms jatropha seeds into biofuel. Thanks to the Swiss biomass project, six Cuban communes now benefit from cheaper, renewable and reliable energy.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Cuba
Agriculture and Food Security
Environment
Mitigation of the effects of climate change
Agriculture value-chain development

01.04.2012 - 31.05.2017


CHF 5'715'000



Restoration of the Prespa Lake Ecosystem

The countryside around Lake Prespa. © UNDP

01.12.2011 - 30.06.2018

Lake Prespa is situated in the three-country border area of Albania, Macedonia, and Greece. Thanks to its biodiversity, the local ecosystem is of global significance. The widespread, improper disposal of waste is polluting both surface and ground water. The SDC is helping to decontaminate these waterways and to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Macedonia
Water
Environment
Environment protection
Integrated water resource management (watershed)
Water resources policy and advocacy
Integrated water resource management (watershed)
Water resources policy and advocacy

01.12.2011 - 30.06.2018


CHF 6'682'000



Exchanging knowledge and experience to protect Andean forest ecosystems

Part of the Andean forest covered in mist.

01.11.2011 - 31.10.2018

The forests of the Andes are valuable in a variety of ways: they store and purify water, provide protection against natural hazards, and absorb environmentally harmful greenhouse gases. With the ANFOR project, the SDC is contributing to the long-term protection of Andean forests.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Andean Region
Environment
Adaptation to the effects of climate change
Forestry
Adaptation to the effects of climate change
Mitigation of the effects of climate change
Biodiversity
Mitigation of the effects of climate change

01.11.2011 - 31.10.2018


CHF 6'272'000



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.

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