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 climate protection

Switzerland incorporates climate change in its development policy and provides expertise, technical solutions and financial resources for climate protection.

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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In Nicaragua, reducing the risks of disasters is paying off

A man standing next to a stone wall less than one metre high built in a cultivated field.

01.10.2013 - 31.03.2017

An experimental project on minimising damage linked to climate change has been conducted over a period of a little more than three years in Nicaragua. It has enabled thousands of smallholder farmers to become aware of the problem and to try out new techniques. And it has increased their harvests.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Nicaragua
Climate change and environment
Environmental policy
Disaster risk reduction DRR

01.10.2013 - 31.03.2017


CHF 4'000'000



Greater food security in Chad thanks to a stable seed sector

Three women stand around a plant inspecting its seeds.

01.03.2013 - 30.04.2018

The grain harvest is doubly important in Chad: farming is people's main livelihood and grain their staple foodstuff. This SDC project is helping Chad establish a reliable seed production sector to ensure that farmers can source affordable, high-quality seed.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Chad
Agriculture & food security
Climate change and environment
Agricultural development
Agricultural research
Environmental policy

01.03.2013 - 30.04.2018


CHF 6'400'000



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
Climate change and environment
Biosphere protection

01.01.2013 - 31.05.2017


CHF 4'092'000



Using stones and plants to reduce risks associated with natural hazards

People living in the Chail valley building stone walls on the steep slopes to protect themselves from landslides.

01.01.2013 - 31.10.2014

Swiss engineers help people living in the Chail valley put up protection measures to reduce natural hazards. Switzerland provides specialists from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit while the World Food Programme makes it possible for the workers to be paid – which contributes to their means of subsistence.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Pakistan
Climate change and environment
Disaster risk reduction DRR

01.01.2013 - 31.10.2014


CHF 325'000



Natural Disasters: better equipping disadvantaged population groups to cope

01.01.2013 - 31.05.2014

Floods, droughts, hailstorms, frost, landslides and earthquakes are among the natural hazards to which Bolivia is exposed. All of these natural disasters are exacerbated by climate change and severely affect Bolivia’s population. The Disaster Risk Reduction Programme in Bolivia improves the country’s ability to reduce the impact of natural disasters and climate change on people’s lives, on the country’s economy and on its infrastructure.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Bolivia
Climate change and environment
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Governance
Biosphere protection
Material relief assistance
Public sector policy

01.01.2013 - 31.05.2014


CHF 1'750'000



Construction assistance in India: Improving energy efficiency in buildings

Residential buildings in India

15.12.2012 - 30.11.2017

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
Climate change and environment
Biosphere protection

15.12.2012 - 30.11.2017


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
Climate change and environment
Employment & economic development
Biosphere protection
Employment creation

01.11.2012 - 31.12.2017


CHF 9'000'000



Volunteer neighbourhood rescue teams in Morocco

A group of volunteer relief workers distributes information and materials in a street

01.08.2012 - 31.12.2015

In a country like Morocco, where the natural elements can cause serious events to occur, swift intervention is crucial in order to save lives. To better manage such situations, some Moroccan towns rely on their own residents to back up the emergency services.  The SDC supports this initiative and is helping to train volunteer "neighbourhood rescue teams".

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Morocco
Climate change and environment
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Disaster risk reduction DRR
Material relief assistance

01.08.2012 - 31.12.2015


CHF 950'000



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
Agriculture & food security
Employment & economic development
Climate change and environment
Agricultural policy
Employment creation
Environmental policy

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 - 30.09.2017

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
Climate change and environment
Agriculture & food security
Biosphere protection
Renewable energy generation
Agricultural development
Agriculture value-chain development (til 2016)

01.04.2012 - 30.09.2017


CHF 5'715'000



Restoration of the Prespa Lake Ecosystem

The countryside around Lake Prespa.

01.12.2011 - 31.12.2018

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
Climate change and environment
Water
Environmental policy
Water resources conservation
Water sector policy

01.12.2011 - 31.12.2018


CHF 6'682'000



Studying glacier retreat to meet its challenges

01.11.2011 - 31.12.2015

The retreat of Andean glaciers has accelerated in recent years. Supported by the SDC, Swiss and Peruvian experts are working together to document the phenomenon. At the end of the chain, the rural people of Peru are seeing their daily lives disrupted by the glacier retreat. It is, then, essential that they be included in discussions about the risks.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Peru
Climate change and environment
Environmental policy

01.11.2011 - 31.12.2015


CHF 4'962'000


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