East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities (EPICC): Building Climate Capacity to Manage and Reduce Natural Disasters

Climate capacity refers to the strengths and resources available within a particular society, community, or organization to strengthen climate resilience and reduce disaster risks. Climate capacity helps to cope with natural calamities, and it also allows people and communities to recover from disasters. Climate capacity relies on social, environmental, political, economic, philosophical, psychological factors. Climate capacity, often described as the opposite of vulnerability, includes infrastructures, organizations and institutions, skills, knowledge, experience, management capacity, social relationships, and leadership ability.


East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities (EPICC)


East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities (EPICC) is an interdisciplinary project based on the co-production of climate services in Tanzania, Peru, and India. It is an integral part of the International Climate Initiative. The project centers around the regional or territorial climate and hydrological system and interconnections with human security, migration, and agricultural livelihoods. EPICC builds capacity and transfers knowledge intending to increase resilience against different climate impacts. The partner countries arrange virtual meetings, workshops, and seminars to learn and work collaboratively despite cultural and geographical differences.


In EPICC, visualization of information is critical for analyzing climate knowledge in an interactive and user-friendly manner. On the web portals like KlimafolgenOnline or ClimateImpactsOnline, visualizations of climate information for Tanzania, Peru, and India are presented. The current weather conditions, historical climatology, and future climate impacts are compared and analyzed by the EPICC project team members. In the test sessions, the local climate experts examine the relevance of the visualized information and integrate their feedback into the visualization web portal. 


Locked houses, Fallow lands: Climate Change and Migration in Uttarakhand, India


The EPICC reports are led and supported by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD). “Locked houses, Fallow lands: Climate Change and Migration in Uttarakhand, India” is one of the first reports published by EPICC. The report employs the latest climate information to determine the environmental risks and their impacts on migration conditions. It also investigates the importance of agriculture to understand climate-migration linkages better.


The report shows how the people whose livelihood depends “on agriculture are noticing, observing, and suffering from the impacts of climate change.” The report’s authors opined that climate change affects people’s “household storage of food grains, food security, income, and resources. All those things are linked, and additional research is required to explore these dynamics further.”


The report describes how climate change impacts people’s decision to “migrate from the hills to the plains,” leaving behind an increasing number of unpopulated villages. The study makes policy recommendations and provides alternative livelihood options. The study includes several mitigation steps and meaningful opportunities for facilitating the climate impacts. The author’s state: “the stabilization of rural livelihoods and investments in improved traditional agriculture are crucial stepping stones to a sustainable future for Uttarakhand.”


The report aims to highlight the climate action plans and migration strategies. The report exhibits that the “planetary surface temperature needs to be kept below 2°C so that the rural hill communities in Uttarakhand can continue to live in the places they call home”.


Adaptations Future (AF2020) Webinar on Climate Change and Migration


EPICC conducts several workshops to discuss the greenhouse effect, global warming, and other climate crisis. Adaptations Future (AF2020) Webinar on Climate Change and Migration was one of the webinars, and it was conducted on December 10, 2020. The webinar highlights the requirement of accelerating adaptation in today’s uncertain times. The issues like climate change and migration also were discussed in the webinar.


The webinar shows how lower-income countries are affected by the impacts of the climate crisis. In the webinar, it was said that many regions providing livelihoods to fishers, farmers, and urban people would become unsuitable for living in the future. The webinar brings together climate experts, environmental practitioners, and policymakers; and exhibits climate issues, migration, and adaptation policies.

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