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New federal programme develops decision support tools for dealing with climate change

Press Release06 June 2023

Switzerland is particularly hard hit by climate change, with temperatures here rising twice as fast as the global average. The impacts of climate change are many and varied, affecting all sectors in Switzerland either directly or indirectly. The aim of the new federal programme 'Decision Support for Dealing with Climate Change in Switzerland: a cross-sectoral approach' is to provide a basis for the planning of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. First results will be available from 2025.

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Switzerland's climate is changing. Since measurements began, the country has warmed by an average of 2.5 °C – double the global average. As a result, risks such as heavy precipitation, flooding, heatwaves and drought are also increasing. All parts of the country are affected, from urban, low-lying areas to high-alpine regions, from the Jura to Ticino, as well as all economic sectors, including agriculture and forestry, the health sector and energy generation. In order to prepare Switzerland for climate-related changes, a holistic management approach is needed – one that adopts a cross-sectoral, cross-stakeholder, Switzerland-wide and comprehensive perspective.

Actionable decision support

With this in mind, the Confederation has launched a programme called 'Decision Support for Dealing with Climate Change in Switzerland: a cross-sectoral approach', or 'NCCS-Impacts' for short. It is run by the National Centre for Climate Services (NCCS – see box). For the first time, this programme brings together resources in order to take a comprehensive look at the impacts of climate change and possible options for action and to develop actionable bases for decision-making. Fourteen private-sector and research organisations are involved in implementing the projects. On 5 June 2023, they gathered for the official programme kick-off, laying the foundations for future exchanges.

Networked approach

In several interlinked projects on various focal themes, experts from a range of fields, from forestry to economics and communication, are working together across disciplines and in partnership with practitioners. The NCCS-Impacts programme is headed by Andreas Fischer from the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss). "With experts from many fields taking part in the projects, we have assembled a unique array of specialist knowledge," he says. "This means that we can address the complex impacts of climate change on Switzerland as comprehensively as possible and prepare effectively for future challenges." Strong cooperation between the disciplines and efficient knowledge transfer are key to the programme's success.

The first results from the projects should be available by the end of 2025. These could include interactive web tools, recommendations for action or fact sheets tailored to specific stakeholders. These climate services are intended to support economic, social and political decision-makers in implementing sustainable measures to deal with climate change.

The National Centre for Climate Services (NCCS)

The National Centre for Climate Services (NCCS) is the Swiss federal network for climate services. Climate services are scientifically-based information and data about the past, present and future climate and its impacts on the environment, economy and society. They are the bedrock of climate-compatible decisions. The NCCS was founded in 2015 and currently comprises nine members. Its aim is to bring together, disseminate and – together with private-sector and research partners – develop climate services for Switzerland.

The following federal offices and research institutions are NCCS members:

  • Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss)
  • Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)
  • Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG)
  • Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP)
  • Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
  • Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO)
  • Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE)
  • ETH Zurich
  • Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL)

Contact details

Andreas Fischer, NCCS Executive Director ad int.
Head of the NCCS-Impacts programme
+41 58 460 96 63