Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Actions (3SCA)

Project completed

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.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Climate change and environment
Environmental policy
Disaster risk reduction DRR
Biosphere protection
01.01.2014 - 31.10.2020
CHF  4’700’000

With 2.3% of the world’s land surface, 18% of the world’s population and low human development indices, India will be additionally challenged by climate change. To address this, the Government of India has encouraged all the states to develop their own action plans on climate change (SAPCC). These plans are intended to identify and prioritise the relevant climate strategies across key sectors. GPCC India intends to engage with three states and support them not just in implementation but also in institutionalising approaches and methodologies.


Climate change actions are integrated in sub-national planning, benefitting local communities in India.

Target groups

Direct beneficiaries of the project will be the officials and the technical personnel of the state departments whose capacities to address climate change will be strengthened. The indirect beneficiaries will be vulnerable communities who will benefit from the implemented climate actions.

Medium-term outcomes
  • Capacities of state authorities to plan and implement SAPCCs are enhanced in the three states.
  • SAPCCs are operationalised and communities benefit from climate actions in the three states.
  • Approach and experiences of the project gain national and international visibility.

Expected results:  

  • Capacity of nodal agencies and sectoral departments to address climate change in planning increased
  • Strategies to address climate vulnerability of the selected sectors implemented in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim
  • Process and approaches adopted by the project are documented and shared across states
  • Project experiences are disseminated within the International community.

Results from previous phases:  

In the opening phase, working relations with the three state governments have been established, appreciation of existing institutional capacities were made and general awareness of departmental priorities were achieved.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Foreign private sector South/East
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India

Other partners

Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEFCC), State nodal agencies, Sectoral departments (water, disaster management, energy, forests), national and international experts.

Coordination with other projects and actors

IHCAP, PACC, ACCC, GLACIARES+, SDC Networks, other donors’ engagement in SAPCC (e.g. GIZ, DFID), ASEAN+.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    4’700’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    4’552’064
Project phases Phase 2 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2025   (Current phase)

Phase 1 01.01.2014 - 31.10.2020   (Completed)