Global climate governance and local vulnerability

Global climate change and international climate change politics have changed the framework conditions for national politics in developing countries in the past 20 years and confront these with the challenge of embarking on climate resilient and low carbon development pathways. Research and advisory work of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) therefore concentrates on analysing the influence of international climate change and climate change politics on both political decisions, institutions and governance structures in developing countries as well as on the livelihoods and vulnerability of local people in the context of multiple stressors.

Current focal areas at the DIE are:

  • International and national adaptation politics and –finance (e.g. the Adaptation Fund) at the interface of climate change and development politics
  • Agriculture and forests in international climate change politics
  • Vulnerability of small-scale farmers to climate variability and change and to large scale investments in land (land grabbing)
  • Multifunctional agriculture and forestry (i.a. REDD +) and combating desertification
  • Migration as an adaptation strategy
  • Payments for ecosystem services (PES) in the context of adaptation to climate change.

Special Migration and Sustainable Development

Migration is increasingly gaining importance and profile in international development policy. The discussions on the nexus between migration and development strongly focus on the relevance and potential of financial remittances from migrants to emerging and developing countries.

International climate change politics and local vulnerability

Global climate change and international climate change politics have changed the framework conditions for national politics in developing countries in the past 20 years and confront these with the challenge of embarking on climate resilient and low carbon development pathways.

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Sustainability in the water-energy-food nexus
Bhaduri, A. / C. Ringler / I. Dombrowsky / R. Mohtar / W. Scheumann (eds.),  Water International (Special Issue), 40 (5-6), 723-732

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Cover: Climatic Change

Private finance for adaptation: do private realities meet public ambitions?
Pauw, Pieter, Richard Klein, Pier Vellinga, Frank Biermann (2015)
Climatic Change, pp 1-15

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Biodiversity – A vital foundation for sustainable development
G7 Elmau Progress Report
(long version in English)