Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Centre

Programmes & engagement

Our largest single programmatic involvement is the Netherlands Partners for Resilience (PfR) – the biggest project for local climate-smart disaster risk reduction (DRR) focusing on ecosystem management anywhere in the world and now entering its second phase.

In partnership with the German Red Cross (GRC) and National Societies worldwide, we are piloting and now operating ‘forecast-based financing’ humanitarian distributions supported by the German government.

The multi-agency Building Resilience and Adapting to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme is helping people become more resilient to climate extremes in 13 countries in the Sahel, East Africa and Asia. As part of a group working on knowledge management, the Climate Centre facilitates learning and uptake, ensuring evidence of what works finds its way into policy and practice.

Within our overall humanitarian diplomacy agenda, and building on efforts by National Societies, the IFRC and external partners, the Climate Centre has made good progress in helping to integrate DRR and climate adaptation into humanitarian decision-making.

The 13th annual Development & Climate Days in 2015, alongside the historic UN climate talks in Paris, centred on the theme Zero Poverty, Zero Emissions: Tough talk on poverty and climate, and was jointly organized by the Climate Centre and our partners.

Working with the IFRC and the Danish Red Cross, we are engaged in the National Adaptation Plan project aimed at ensuring that the adaptation needs of communities are at the centre of development planning.

The World Weather Attribution partnership we’re part of has now carried out analyses of the 2015 European summer heatwave, the first exercise of its kind, the severe drought in south-east Brazil, Storm Desmond that caused some deaths and large-scale damage and disruption in the UK late last year, and the spring 2016 floods in Europe focusing on France and Germany.

We have joined several initiatives in the UK-supported Future Climate for Africa programme that aims to generate new climate science focused on Africa, while our work on community resilience in Ethiopia focuses on the PfR methodology of integrating DRR, adaptation and ecosystem management.

The Climate Centre is supporting the IFRC in a consortium led by the World Meteorological Organization for a Norwegian-funded programme to implement the Global Framework for Climate Services in Tanzania and Malawi.

With support from the UK-based Climate and Development Knowledge Network, the Climate Centre and its partners in Indonesia and the Philippines were able to translate outcomes from PfR work into evidence-based policy dialogue.

And our academic engagement through working papers, scientific publications and internships helps foster evidence-based knowledge for decision-making in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement globally.

(Last updated 7 July 2016)