Between 1998 and 2004, the Climate Change Knowledge Network (CCKN) brought together expertise, experience and perspectives from research institutes in developing and developed countries active in the area of climate change. It provided a forum for rigorous research on the issues within the international climate change regime and a means for furthering dialogue between countries working to address climate change.
Together, the members of the CCKN undertook research and worked collaboratively to influence the international climate change process, as well as processes within their respective countries. By sharing research, experience and knowledge among network members, the CCKN sought to advance climate change policy issues more quickly and share ideas more broadly.
The Climate Change Knowledge Network undertook research and implemented projects related to the following topics while active:
Development of the cyber-briefer: Climate Compendium
The CCKN established the Climate Compendium to provide a thorough overview of key topics and actors as well as the state of the climate negotiations. It covers issues up until COP-8 (2002).
Building the capacity of developing country negotiators
To provide negotiators from developing countries with the tools and skills to participate effectively alongside larger negotiating teams and contribute to an equitable negotiating process, CCKN partners held two successful capacity building workshops in July 2000 and published the book, On Behalf of My Delegation,... A Survival Guide for Developing Country Climate Negotiators that was released in November 2000. This book was subsequently translated into Spanish and French.
Vulnerability and adaptation to climate change
Recognizing that developing and least developed countries are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, the CCKN undertook a project that explored the implications of the simultaneous impacts of economic changes and climate change for India’s agricultural sector.
Decentralized renewable energy
CCKN developed a multi-phase work program to assess the role of decentralized renewable energy (DRE) in sustainable development, poverty alleviation and greenhouse gas mitigation. A series of short scoping studies—that assessed the national state of DRE in China, India, Senegal, Zimbabwe and Chile—was completed in early 2002. The CCKN also examined the links between DRE systems, sustainable development, and climate change mitigation and adaptation, which led to the publishing of the book, Seeing the Light: Adapting to climate change with decentralized renewable energy in developing countries in 2004.
The Kyoto mechanisms
To better understand the steps involved with the establishment of the National Authorities offices that enable developing countries to participate as host countries in the Clean Development Mechanism, CCKN partners published the book, Establishing National Authorities for the Clean Development Mechanism. The book identifies the specific steps needed to establish national programs, presents various Latin American experiences and encourages other countries to adapt the lessons learned to their local needs.
The CCKN and its activities were supported by: