Advisory Board Meetings


Third Meeting with the German Advisory Board held online, 3rd and 4th of December 2020

The German Advisory Board of the EPICC project met for the third time since the start of the project in 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent travel restrictions did not permit an in-person exchange, therefore the 2020 meeting was the first held in an online format.  During the two-day meeting, the participants discussed the effects of COVID-19 outbreak on the partner countries, Tanzania, Peru and India as well as on the internal work of the project. Furthermore, project members presented disastrous weather extremes hitting EPICC partner countries in 2020 and highlighted their link to the anthropogenic climate change along with the need to adapt the vulnerable population to its devastating effects on the ground.

The topic of the COVID-19 pandemic took a special place in the discussion of the advancements of the EPICC project in 2020 with respect to research, stakeholder outreach and achievement of project indicators. Despite the challenging situation, researchers from EPICC’s five Work Packages, i.e. Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer, Visualization, Climate, Hydrology and Water Resources, Agriculture and Migration, achieved remarkable results in research and outreach in 2020, as has been pointed out by the Advisory Board members. Research addressing the effects of climate change on the most marginalized populations in the southern hemisphere was particularly appreciated as it sheds light on their situation and supports finding adaptation measures to climate change oriented at their particular needs.

Moreover, the Advisory Board members pointed out the vast experience of EPICC in communicating scientific results to stakeholders and importance to share the knowledge on these aspects. EPICC is further encouraged to contribute to the discussion on the uptake of scientific evidence by policy makers to make sure the research results are translated into actual policies.

We highly appreciate the contribution of EPICC German Advisory Board in form of continuous dialogue, feedback and advice. We are looking forward to fruitful cooperation in the future.

Second Meeting with the Peruvian Advisory Board held online, 11th of November 2020

During these difficult times of global pandemic coupled with economic and political uncertainties, Peru continues to develop strategic responses to the biggest threat of the 21st century – climate change. The country seeks to develop policies and formulate decisions for effective climate change adaptation, based on the best available scientific evidence. Under this agenda, the Second Meeting the Peruvian Advisory Board and scientists of the East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities Project (EPICC) took place on the 11th of November, 2020. The meeting gathered over 20 participants from leading national organizations involved in planning and management of climate adaptation in Peru, such as the Ministry of Environment (MINAM), National Service for Meteorology and Hydrology in Peru (SENAMHI) and National Water Authority (ANA), as well as international organizations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM), German Development Agency (GIZ), CARE and MeteoSwiss.

The objective of the meeting was to put into practice EPICC’s latest research results guided by the Advisory Board and other experts from Peru and furthermore to continue the collaborative work in times of the pandemic and beyond, i.e. climate and climate impact research as well as climate services for the relevant Peruvian institutions. These objectives encompass all the five EPICC Work packages (Capacity Development & Knowledge Transfer, incl. Data Visualization, Climate, Hydrology, Agriculture and Migration) and the respective stakeholders in various institutions on the ground.

EPICC researchers presented the data and information that has been generated since 2018 together with Peruvian scientists and operational users from governmental and non-governmental organizations, across the different fields of specialization such as climate, agriculture, hydrology, migration, visualization and capacity development.

Based on the insights and recommendations derived from the meeting, EPICC will continue to develop and exchange relevant and evidence-based knowledge jointly between international and national scientists and local institutions and ministries in Peru, for further improved climate change adaptation policies, strategies and plans at the national and regional level.

Online Meeting with the Tanzanian Advisory Board, 7th of September 2020

Despite the ongoing travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EPICC project aims to stick to its timeline and organized its 2020 meeting with the Tanzanian Advisory Board Members online. The meeting was divided in two sessions: In the first session, EPICC researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the German Meteorological Service (DWD) presented the results of all work packages in the Tanzanian context, namely Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer, Visualization, Climate, Hydrology and Water Resources, Agriculture and Migration, and received direct feedback with regard to their research and possible applications of their results. In the second session, EPICC received valuable advice and recommendations from its Advisory Board members, in particular with regards to possible cooperation modes in times of the global pandemic, scientific cooperation, strengthening science-policy networks and bridging, as well as potential entry points at ministerial level for policy advice, capacity building and knowledge transfer.

The members of Tanzanian Advisory Board are representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), the Tanzanian Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (TCSAA), the Prime Minister’s Office on Disaster Risk Management (PMO - DRM), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Hombolo Research Institute (ARI-Hombolo), the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM). As such they have vast experience from working in EPICC’s thematic areas in academia, development cooperation, intergovernmental organizations and national government. The members of the Advisory Board have outstanding expertise in issues related to climate change and sustainable development in Tanzania and therefore provide EPICC valuable insights into the focus areas of the project at national, regional and grassroots levels.

The Members who were able to attend the meeting had a positive outlook on the project developments in Tanzania, in particular they highlighted the importance of co-development and application of results and scientific cooperation with Tanzanian research institutions, public authorities and grassroots organizations in the scope of work of all research working groups of EPICC. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between PIK and the Lake Rukwa Basin Water Board was perceived as a big milestone for adoption of project results on the ground. Interest was also expressed towards “KlimafolgenOnline”, a climate data visualization platform for which EPICC is currently developing a prototype for Tanzania. In addition, the EPICC working group that focuses on Migration and investigates climate change and migration linkages presented the results of their risk report, one  that is jointly elaborated by PIK and IOM and will be released under the renowned IOM-publication series “Assessing the Evidence” by the end of 2020. The results were evaluated as highly valuable for developing conflict resolution strategies in the affected areas. A topic that is not yet sufficiently researched. To support policy and decision making based on EPICC’s scientific evidence, it was suggested to jointly develop policy briefs between EPICC researchers and Tanzanian users of the information. This is the next step for collaboration that EPICC is aiming to achieve.

We would like to thank all members for their participation and advice and give special thanks to the meeting moderator Abdallah Henku for the excellent work keeping conversation lively and making exchange between all members seamless!

Second Advisory Board Meeting in Potsdam, Germany, 17th of December 2019

The second meeting of the German Advisory Board took place at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) on the 17th of December 2019. The meeting provided the members of the Advisory Board with an overview of the project developments in 2019. All five EPICC Outputs, namely Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer, Visualization, Climate, Hydrology and Water Resources, Agriculture and Migration gave a short presentation on their research status. Subsequently, they received feedback and further suggestions from the Advisory Board members for the next and final phase of their work.

The Advisory Board members also gave valuable feedback to the project as a whole. They highlighted the potential of the project to provide user-friendly and actionable solutions for climate change adaptation, not only in India, Peru and Tanzania, but also to become a “lighthouse” project for risk anticipation and preparation beyond the three countries. The multi-stakeholder approach, transdisciplinarity and the translation of scientific research for communicating to a wider public audience were stressed as key strengths and sources for future opportunities.

Moreover, the Advisory Board members provided feedback to the project management team in terms of strategic planning. All participants discussed how to further develop visualization as a tool to present the project outcomes and make climate information, thus, more accessible to users in the target countries. The Advisory Board members shared key experiences from previous engagements that will be important for the final phase of the project, in which effective and sustainable knowledge transfer and anchoring of the results in the partner countries is envisioned. In this respect, cross-sectorial collaboration and use of varied communication channels at the international level, such as COP/SBs and UNFCC/CBD, were pointed out to be effective in reaching the goal of contributing to National Adaptation Plans (NAPS).

We thank the members of the German Advisory Board for their advice and their valuable contributions to the project!

First Advisory Board Meeting in Lima, Peru, 14th of November 2019

The EPICC project held its first Peruvian Advisory Board Meeting on the 14th of November at the auditorium of Peru’s National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (SENAMHI). The Advisory Board in Peru counts with representatives from the Environmental Ministry of Peru, SENAMHI, International Organization for Migration (IOM), German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ-Peru), La Molina National Agricultural University (UNALM) and CARE Peru

The Peruvian Advisory Board is an essential component in the capacity building activities proposed by the EPICC project. It has the function of advising the project and its different research topics so that the scientific results from EPICC can be better applied in the Peruvian context. It has also the function of connecting the project and its researchers with local policy-makers and local stakeholders.

The connections and possibilities of cooperation that were established during the meeting will be developed during the following months and the Peruvian Advisory Board is expected to have its next meeting in the second half of 2020.

We thank SENAMHI very much for hosting this meeting.

First Advisory Board Meeting in Potsdam, Germany, 19th of November 2018

On the 19th of November 2018, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) welcomed the Advisors of the EPICC project for their first meeting. The German Advisory Board, which is a central component of the project, consists of 11 renowned scientists and practitioners from different fields of expertise and various backgrounds, including renowned scientists and practitioners from governmental and non-governmental organizations and the wider development community. The Advisory Board was convened to discuss and critically examine the progress of the project. While every opportunity to meet throughout the year is used for individual exchange by project and Advisory Board members, the Board aims to meet the project team at least once a year at PIK.

The first meeting was inaugurated by EPICC’s Senior Scientific Advisor, Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, who held an introductory presentation on the ‘Great Transformation’ and highlighted the necessity to support the call for global climate action through climate capacity building in the most vulnerable countries. The input was followed by a presentation of EPICC’s Project Leads, Kira Vinke and Thiago Garcia, who focused on the overall vision and objective of the project that is to develop user-oriented climate services to better adapt to climate change in the three partner countries. For each thematic theme (Output I-V) one EPICC researcher introduced an outline of research activities as well as a plan on how to create and implement user-oriented climate information.

The Advisory Board members gave valuable advice for the development of the overall project frame and suggested further cooperation partners, at a national and international level, to assure the implementation of the project results in the partner countries. In this regard, the Board emphasized the potential of the project to combine local knowledge on climate change adaptation and mitigation with science-based climate information and solutions. The capacity building approach that aims to integrate the knowledge of the various themes, particularly regarding climate, agriculture, hydrology and migration issues, to provide demand-driven climate information was viewed as valuable for the collaboration between science and development cooperations. Especially because the transfer of climate information that is achieved through and beyond yearly workshops, can be picked up by local operational users working in sectors such as agriculture and hydrology. The Board, moreover, positively acknowledged the aim of the EPICC project and expressed the interest and dedication to continue supporting the evolution of the project.

The EPICC-team is looking forward to implementing the suggestions and sharing the results during the next Advisory Board meeting in 2019.