The UK’s International Climate Fund has agreed to extend the Climate and Development Knowledge Network to March 2017.
CDKN was set up in 2010 as a five-year programme of the UK’s Department for International Development.
During the four years the company has been in business, they have offered research, knowledge-sharing and technical advisory services in more than 70 countries – with more intensive programmes in a dozen of those countries and one sub-region.
CDKN’s extension means that instead of winding down this year, the company can keep operating at the same scale to respond to developing countries’ knowledge needs around climate-compatible development.
CDKN chief executive Sam Bickersteth said the company plans to build on its success in supporting a limited number of countries committed to building a climate-resilient path out of poverty.
The extension from the International Climate Fund will also allow CDKN to provide full support to developing countries in and around the critical international climate discussions now and through to the end of 2015, including those on climate finance.
CDKN will be able to continue to link its research and knowledge with practitioners in developing countries.
MrBickersteth added: “We have had a great partnership with the city of Ahmedabad, India on responses to extreme heat events. Here, we have worked with the Indian Institute for Public Health, Natural Resources Defense Council and US-based research organisations. The research revealed a strong correlation between extreme heat and high levels of morbidity and mortality for vulnerable populations in the city.
“The research has been so well presented that the city of Ahmedabad has now adopted a heat health action plan to reduce impacts in the future hot season. It is a great example of how high-quality research can be applied quickly to development challenges, with potentially life-saving results.”