An appropriate response to climate change requires an international network of strong partnerships with developing countries and emerging economies. While many of the most significant climate policy challenges occur on the global stage, the key to adequate action in each region is to understand trends and responses to threats at lower levels. The consequences of extreme weather events, floods and droughts, for example, have the greatest impact at the local level, thus requiring knowledge sharing, open debate and reflection with decision-makers, and wide engagement with a well-informed public.

In early 2011, the German Federal Foreign Office and adelphi initiated such engagement with diverse societal actors through a variety of foreign policy approaches. A comprehensive online platform, public exhibitions, and bilateral discussions through innovative projects have contributed not only to a better understanding of the characteristics of impacts in each region, but also to the establishment of dialogue between actors with different perspectives on climate diplomacy.

WITH THE ABOVE PRIORITIES IN MIND, THREE DIFFERENT INSTRUMENTS ARE USED:

› An online platform (ecc-platform.org) facilitates information exchange by creating networks among stakeholders from environmental, foreign and security, development, and economic policy communities worldwide. It has been developed into an integrated knowledge hub with diverse thematic approaches and material for policy-makers.

› A region-specific, public exhibition on climate security risks, made available in different languages – sometimes shown alongside landmark global events – further deepens the regional focus of outreach activities.

› The German Federal Foreign Office Climate Fund provides financing for smaller, embassy-monitored projects in numerous countries every year.