Science and policy to assist and support SIDS and LDCs to negotiate a strong international climate regime enabling low carbon development and supporting adaptation needs
September 2011 until September 2016
6.687.258 € funded by BMUB - Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit: IKI Internationale Klimaschutzinitiative
Katja Frieler
PIK number / OEH

The Survive project is a joint project between Climate Analytics and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research e.V. (PIK) that aims to provide science and policy support for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to negotiate a strong international climate regime, enabling low carbon, sustainable development and supporting adaptation needs. One of the main activities is the provision of strategic, technical, policy and scientific and legal support for negotiators from SIDS and LDCs for and during the UNFCCC negotiations. SURVIVE provides support based on the latest science and policy analysis in relation to mitigation, adaptation, finance and MRV, with the goal of achieving an effective and legally binding international climate agreement by 2015.

SURVIVE will provide high-level advice and support as requested by AOSIS and LDCs on science, policy, technical and legal issues. In this context the focus of SURVIVE work is on the implementation of the Cancun Agreements; the negotiations under the Durban Platform on both mitigation ambition pre-2020 and the negotiation of an effective, legally binding international climate agreement by 2015; securing and environmentally sound second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol; the 1.5°C science review scheduled for 2013-2015; and on the Green Climate Fund and its operationalization.

The SURVIVE project utilizes and develops the science-synthesis PRIMAP model (Potsdam Real-time Integrated Model for Assessment of emission Paths) developed by scientists at PIK and Climate Analytics as one of the means to provide scientific and technical advice to AOSIS and LDCs. The model includes a number of components to support this advice: an emissions component which assesses emission pathways and looks at issues such as equity and comparability of countries efforts; and a regional impact component that allows for scientific assessment of the relationship between key impacts relevant to, and identified by AOSIS, such as regional sea level rise, global mean temperature and/or CO2 concentration, and mitigation options and emission pathways under consideration in the climate negotiations.