The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has been a partner of India for more than fifty years. SDC started supporting mitigation and adaptation activities under the umbrella of the Global Programme Climate Change and Environment (GPCCE) in 2008. Since then, it has been working to find solutions that address India`s climate change concerns while meeting its development needs.
The adaptation domain has been built by capitalizing on SDC’s longstanding experience in India of working with communities on poverty alleviation, rural development and natural resources management. The projects under this domain focus on building resilience to climate change impacts through science and research, actions on the ground and policy dialogue.
The roots of the mitigation domain can be traced to the initiation of SDC’s Global Environment Programme (GEP) in 1991. Based on the experience of promoting energy efficiency in small-scale industries, SDC’s work on mitigation focuses primarily on energy, promoting energy efficiency in buildings and Small and Medium Enterprises and access to and use of renewable energy levels.