One of the primary goals of the Global Network for Climate Solutions is to bring more transparency to global discussions of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Many solutions will require highly localized, sector- or country-specific actions. Working with a global network allows us to integrate data and information being generated in countries around the world and provides a high level of transparency and credibility. This permits existing efforts to be combined without redundancy. The network can thereby facilitate the identification of new opportunities for cooperation on adaptation and mitigation.
The network of participating Developing Country Institutes (DCIs) will prepare Adaptation Plans, following a common methodology and supported through regular interaction with the Adaptation Board, the team at Earth Institute, and other relevant international experts.
DCIs are typically research centers and/or NGOs located in developing countries. This system aims to support capacity development while simultaneously informing adaptation policy and financing. In most cases, participating DCIs will already be actively engaged in discussions and practices related to development and/or adaptation. International NGOs and research institutes contribute as global experts, providing relevant expertise on specific adaptation plans in consultation with the Adaptation Board.
The network of contributing organizations for the Mitigation Plans possesses in‐country knowledge and expertise in individual sectors. Network members provide data to fill in the Mitigation Plan Template.
Initially we will focus on a subset of the countries that are members of the Major Economies Forum: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. We welcome contributions from multiple sources within any of these countries.
An essential aim of the mitigation format is to ensure standardization, so that the information supplied by different organizations can be compared, and the relationship between different contributions can be revealed. While the format aims to be comprehensive, it is not essential that data be provided for every area of coverage. Even selected information can prove useful. This effort is iterative, and new information will be provided over time as it becomes available.
Finally, the information supplied to the network will be the foundation of suggestions for plans, policies, and the content of international climate negotiations.