Work package 3:
Increasing the International Implementation and impact of JPI Climate Research - IMPLEMENT    

Objectives
This work package aims to increase the impact and the valorisation of research results in order to support their implementation in a larger community. There will be a focus on research coming from projects supported by JPI Climate, but other relevant outcomes will be considered as well. New ways of disseminating and presenting results will be explored in order to support the implementation of the SDGs, Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework. This work package will include the valorisation and implementation to science, policy and practice.

Description of work
Task 3.1.
Transnational climate change research in Europe and international science networks: increasing JPI Impact

Task leader: WUR, BOKU  Main contributors: BELSPO-CS
This task focuses on the synergies and other benefits for international science networks from the results of past and on-going research and transnational collaboration in JPI Climate member countries. The results of this task will feed into Tasks 3.2. (development of international policy and practice) and 3.3. (research visioning/agenda setting).
Objectives and link to call:
The general objective of this task is to carry out activities to increase the use, the scale and the ambition of JPI Climate research projects by improving the connection between (trans-) national research projects in JPI Climate member countries with international science networks, enhancing the research impact on international scientific research and assessment programmes and initiatives including Future Earth, IPCC, GFCS, PROVIA, Belmont Forum and scientific collaboration initiatives with other world regions. More specifically, this task aims:
- to identify, and exploit synergies between, national and transnational research projects to enhance participation in and uptake by international research and assessment programmes , climate services development, and agenda setting.
- to increase the accessibility and use of climate change research in JPI Climate member countries by international scientific programmes by promoting excellence and relevance.

Activities

  • 3.1.1. Increasing the international scale and ambition of JPI Climate initiatives by organising workshops with representatives of projects funded by international research and assessment programmes and (trans-) national research projects in JPI member countries that work on the same topics. JPI Climate members have funded a significant number of projects via Joint Calls / ERA-Nets; this activity enhances the relevance of these projects by several mechanisms. This can include: identification of twinning topics, joint problem solving, knowledge sharing and contributing to specific activities of the international programmes. The link with past and on-going activities in JPI Climate will be given through the involvement of members of on-going Action Groups and the past Working Groups of JPI Climate.
  • 3.1.2. Increasing accessibility, visibility and use by international research and assessment programmes of JPI Climate research findings and experts by setting up an Award Competition in order to promote the JPI Climate Research Excellence internationally. The definition of the award criteria will be developed with the TAB of JPI Climate and the details of the awards itself will be decided with the JPI Climate GB. The promotion campaign will take place in collaboration with WP 5. The creation process of this award during the first 36 months of SINCERE will also include the development of a strategy on how to continue the award process sustainably beyond this CSA.

Task 3.2. Research in support of the implementation of the Paris agreement (in the context of SDGs and the Sendai process)
Task leader: DTU  Main contributors: CNRS, BOKU, WUR, EPA, FMI, CMCC

The aim of Task 3.2. is to support the translation of JPI Climate related science development in policy relevant contexts. Specifically to enable JPI Climate to contribute to the implementation and global stocktaking of the Paris Agreement in the context of SDGs and the Sendai process. The main activities are oriented toward strengthening the relevance of research supported by the JPI Climate for ongoing policy practices and to encourage the debates based on or informed by European climate change research results.

Activities

  • 3.2.1. Assess the existing means through which JPI Climate Member Countries (including associate members) connect climate science to relevant policy processes. With a view to identifying how research undertaken by JPI Climate can become more useful for national policy makers, an assessment will be made in selected countries as show cases of the extent to which and how science-based inputs informs policy making in the area of climate change. Countries of interest could include, but is not limited to Denmark, Finland and Ireland. The work will mainly involve consultations with representatives of key government agencies, which will focus on identifying specific cases of realized science-policy interactions at different stages of the policy development process. This assessment will result in an improved understanding of how (i) JPI Climate can provide science-based input that is more relevant for the political decision-making process and the involved actors and agencies, and (ii) how these political processes, actors and agencies can make better use of science-based input from JPI Climate. Recommendations will focus on highlighting outstanding gaps - and means to improve - the science-policy interface, focusing on the specific needs of the involved agencies. This will build on on-going work, including the EU-MACS project.
  • 3.2.2. Development of a dialogue between JPI Climate and international frameworks and actors involved in implementing the Paris Agreement, the SDGs and Sendai and related implementation and assessment processes.
    The aim of this activity is to engage with a number of countries as well as initiatives at regional and global levels e.g. under UNEP, that are designed to assist countries in preparing and implementing policies and take required actions, such as those identified in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and in the context of their sustainable development goals. It would aim to, where feasible, utilise existing processes and structure under bodies such as the UNFCCC e.g. Least Developed countries Expert group, the SBSTA Research Dialogue or the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) to engage with top level issues. In addition to these top-down processes it would also work with, and contribute to the work of, existing, bottom-up initiatives, and bilateral or multilateral structures, such as Ireland’s Climate Change & Development Learning Platform which are already active in bringing information, research and policymaking together. In this way a complementary top-down and bottom-up approach would be used to address the multiple scales and dimensions of climate actions. A strong collaboration with task 2.2 regarding the interaction with the corresponding initiatives is necessary in order to build synergies and to improve utilisation of European climate change knowledge at an international scale via a two-way dialogue between policy makers, practitioners and researchers at various levels. The outputs will feedback into identification of future research and information needs.
    The dialogue is expected to consist of bilateral consultations with key individuals, including government officials, practitioners and participation in key international events e.g. the Community Based Adaptation conference and the Climate Change and Development in Africa Conference. The results of this process will be reported back to the JPI Climate GB which will help the latter to better target JPI Climate research towards policy relevance.

Task 3.3: Supporting the JPI Climate Strategic Mechanism: Forward-looking and stakeholder-oriented internationalisation of JPI research
Task leader: BOKU Main Contributors: WUR, CNRS, CS, ESRC, CMCC

Objectives and link to call
The aim of the task is to support the Strategic Mechanism of JPI Climate, as defined in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda 2016-2025: Connecting people, problems and solutions in a systemic approach. Information on policy and decision making processes obtained in Task 3.2 will provide input to Task 3.3.
Activities in this task will seek to contribute to creating living forums to foster linkages between climate change research and innovation by improving JPI Climate’s knowledge of the concerned actors, mechanisms, developments, and engaging with the stakeholders in consistent, iterative, and reflexive manner. This should deliver insights of how to develop the conception of future research. The JPI Climate Governing Board (GB) and the Transdisciplinary Advisory board (TAB) will be regularly engaged to shape the activities in this task. There will be strong involvement of two current JPI Climate Action Groups: AG “Social Sciences and Humanities” and the AG “Next Generation of Climate Sciences”

Activities

  • 3.3.1. Enhancing impacts through engagement of the global private sector and SSH communities
    Purpose: engage in a two-way-communication in order to work on knowledge gaps and research needs in the private sector concerning risks associated with climate, challenges, and (how) they use research in order to improve adaptation and mitigation. Furthermore, a focus will be on the possibilities for alignment of national research activities.
    Approach:
    • Identify & prioritise relevant networks: Networks identified in Task 2.2 and beyond (e.g. UN Global Compact, Climate Knowledge Brokers, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Copernicus, Climate KIC); establish a catalogue of different types of knowledge gaps / difficulties in the transmission of knowledge through a bilateral exchange. Report of the issues identified back into JPI Climate.
    • Reach out pro-actively and systematically by engaging in conferences and events organised by the prioritised networks.
    • Building on previous workshop experience and results, organise a series of workshops supporting the work of the JPI Climate “Strategic Mechanism” with the input of the TAB and the GB. Potential topics (not extensive): “Pathways to carbon neutrality”, “Next generation of climate sciences”, “Regional Aspects”. Topics of interest defined by JPI Climate. The involvement of the private sector in the identification and shaping of important issues will ensure that JPI Climate research targets relevant questions. The results will feed into the JPI Climate Scoping Forum
      This will contribute to understanding their research needs and areas of interest for future work (generate ideas for possible work together to develop specific implementation activities).
  • 3.3.2. Mobilising the SSH research community in Europe and beyond

The aim of this activity is the set-up of a platform to enhance the engagement and communication between researchers who work on SSH (social sciences and humanities) questions in the field of climate change. In previous years, JPI Climate has done extensive work in this area, resulting in a Joint Call (2013) and a prioritisation of SSH research questions. This task will update the previous scoping activities with recent developments in the JPI Climate Action Group on SSH and beyond through three guided workshops. Results will provide input for the submission of a COST Action which, if successful, should provide a platform for the highly relevant SSH research.
This European and potentially international network of researchers and institutions aims at driving a SSH agenda within the wider scope of climate change research. A particular focus will be on the EU-13, in this regard, collaboration with CSA Task 2.1 is convenient. Attention will also be paid to Activity B in Task 4.2 which aims at mobilising the SSH research community in Latin America.
The results of this activity will be reported to the GB and will contribute strategically to the four priorities identified in the 2nd monitoring report on “Integration of Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon 2020: Participants, Budgets and Disciplines” which are: (1) Improving the Quality of Topics, (2) Enhancing evaluation procedures, (3) Strengthening feedback and (4) Stepping up communication efforts.

Deliverables

D3.1.1. Delivery of Award, report on award process, research projects/researchers
D3.1.2. Workshop reports on JPI Climate valorisation to international research programmes and projects
D3.2.1. Report on the outcomes of the consultation process on the science-policy interface in selected countries
D3.2.2. Report on science-based inputs from JPI Climate to the implementation of the Paris Agreement
D3.3.1. Summary report on findings to feedback on SSH issues identified in H2020
D3.3.2. Catalogue on different types of climate change research relevant knowledge gaps in business networks