The German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik, DIE) and its partners are making the national climate action plans submitted under the Paris Climate Change Agreement more comparable with the help of an interactive tool on climate action and policy, the so-called “NDC Explorer“.
Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), every member state has agreed to formulate its concrete national contribution to address climate change, the so-called (I)NDCs, which stand for “(Intended) Nationally Determined Contributions”.
“The (I)NDCs are a cornerstone for implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement”, says Pieter Pauw who led the development of the NDC Explorer at DIE. “But apart from countries’ general mitigation targets, the content of (intended) Nationally Determined Contributions has long been unclear.”
Claudio Forner of the UNFCCC secretariat said: “Understanding NDCs and navigating the information that is communicated in NDCs is critical for their implementation and will help to enhance the ambition of global efforts over time.”
Together with partners from the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), in cooperation with the UNFCCC secretariat, and supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), DIE analysed all aspects of the 163 submitted (I)NDCs. This data is now accessible in the new NDC Explorer to enable researchers, policy makers, development agencies and civil society organisations to explore and compare all submitted national climate action plans.
“The NDC Explorer contributes to the goal of the NDC Partnership to provide open-access knowledge tools that support the global efforts for effective and ambitious NDC implementation”, Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Director General Global issues – sector policies and programmes at the BMZ, said. Christoph Bals, Policy Director at Germanwatch, added: “(It) makes our job easier of holding governments to account, so they implement and improve their NDCs.”
The online tool can be accessed here, as well as further information on the DIE website.
The new NDC Explorer can:
- Explore an analysis of all (I)NDCs on 60 different categories like mitigation, adaption and finance
- Visualise the data on an interactive world map
- Visualise the data in interactive bar graphs
- Compare (I)NDCs by region and by income
- Compare full country profiles of up to three countries
- Share what you see in social media or via email.
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