About the Climate Toolbox

What is the Climate Toolbox?

The Climate Toolbox is a searchable database of tools and resources to support NDC implementation. It includes key analytical tools and guidance documents, links to other knowledge platforms, and sources of technical support (e.g. help desks) that are relevant to NDC planning and implementation for both mitigation and adaptation.

The Climate Toolbox draws together the most relevant resources for from across its Partners and other leading institutions. Content from over 100 different organizations can be easily referenced and accessed through the toolbox.

How do I use the Climate Toolbox?

The resources in the Climate Toolbox are structured around different activities associated with NDC planning and implementation.  In addition, all content is tagged by relevant sectors, themes, regions, language, expertise level and other useful criteria to enable users to easily find and access the resources most relevant to their needs.

To use the Toolbox:

  1. Filter results by Activity, Focus, or Type of Resource by selecting boxes in each of these categories to expand filtering options.

  2. Use one or more search filters to define the type of resource you are looking for. Most filters allow you to select multiple options -using more than one filter will narrow results to entries that satisfy all the filters.

  3. Keyword search is also possible through the search bar.

  4. The results will automatically update as you add or remove filters. You can add or remove filters to refine the results.

  5. In the results section, results are displayed in alphabetical order. Click on any of the results to view more details and access the resources.

What is a tool? A resource that helps the user conduct quantitative or qualitative analysis based on certain methodologies.

What is an country experience? Brief summaries from individuals or organizations on their experience using a particular tool or resource, the analytical need for a project that the tool was used for, what challenges or difficulties they faced while using the tool, and advice for others. Country experiences provide context on particular tools, to enable others to learn from these experiences.

What is a knowledge platform?  Repositories of resources (i.e., tools, data, methodologies, case studies, guidance documents) or platforms that facilitate peer-to-peer knowledge sharing to support NDC planning and implementation.  

What is technical support? Organizations or initiatives that provide assistance, either free or paid, for using tools for NDC planning and implementation. Technical support could include virtual technical expert support (through email, forums, or a help desk), online tutorials, courses, or webinars.

Why is the Climate Toolbox needed?

As countries, national and sub-national governments, and development organizations turn their attention to implementation of their NDCs under the Paris Agreement, many will need support turning their goals into concrete action on the ground. Government officials and other country-level stakeholders will need help identifying relevant and easy-to-use tools and methods appropriate to their needs at various stages of NDC planning and implementation.

The Climate Toolbox is designed to improve awareness and accessibility of tools, knowledge platforms, and other resources, and provide assistance in using these tools at all stages of NDC planning and implementation.

Who are the target users of the Climate Toolbox?

The Climate Toolbox supports users in a variety of ways:

  • Government ministries seeking information on tools and methods to support NDC planning or implementation—including ministries responsible for NDC implementation and those involved in sectoral implementation for whom addressing climate change is not a core objective.

  • Research, implementation institutions and civil society organizations trying to identify existing tools to support their work.

  • Institutions trying to understand the landscape of existing resources to avoid redundancy when designing new ones and when offering support to other countries.

What types of resources are included?

Tools and resources are included based on the following criteria:

Tool

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Tools that fall into one or more of the outlined stages of NDC implementation

  • Resources that have been included in established tool repositories

  • Resources recommended by climate finance, mitigation, and adaptation experts

  • Tools that adopt peer-reviewed reporting guidelines

  • Tools that are developed by, for, or can be adapted by, developing countries

  • Computable general equilibrium models that analyze world energy, economic, or land use dynamics

  • Tools that provided projections of country activities or developments such as energy consumption, emissions, temperature and sea level rise

  • If written document, must provide some sort of guidance and steps to walk the user through a process or framework, rather than just presenting information in the form of a case study (the information must be applicable)

Exclusion Criteria

  • Case studies, unless they are structured around a framework or similar stepwise guidance related to NDC implementation activities

  • Academic or research journal articles, unless they present a non-theoretical framework or similar stepwise guidance related to NDC implementation activities (i.e., data on real world applications)

  • Tools created by individuals or independent organizations not funded and directed by a government, research organization, or multilateral organization

  • A toolkit that is just a customized set of other individual tools, unless it has a unique value add related to NDC implementation activities

Platform

Inclusion Criteria

  • Established groups and portals that provide depth on specific topics or areas of climate or NDCs

  • To qualify as a platform instead of an individual tool, must contain multiple content types, for example:  tools, case studies, access to user networks or communities, webinars, access to technical experts

Exclusion Criteria

  • Platform lacks topical relationship to climate action or NDC implementation activities

  • Platform is not current or lacks ongoing maintenance (confirmed through correspondence with platform owners)

Technical Support

Inclusion Criteria

  • Source of support related to climate action, climate-related development, and NDC implementation

  • Sources of support for other governments or multilateral organizations

  • Source of support from non-governmental organizations funded by governments or multilateral organizations to provide support to countries

  • Organizations that provide access to customizable support (for example, access to experts who can respond to individual questions), directed to countries and government officials

  • Organizations that offer e-learning courses, webinars, and other training options

Exclusion Criteria

  • Private, independent, and for-profit  implementers or consultancies

  • Type of support lacks relationship to climate action or NDC implementation

Country Experience Profile

  • The country experience profile must relate to one of the tools within the Climate Toolbox and describe the experience working with that tool or resource

  • The profile should be useful to other users who might be interested in using the tool

How can I submit a tool or resource to be included?

Please contact us at supportunit@ndcpartnership.org.  

The Climate Toolbox was initially launched in December 2016, developed by a working group that included the NDC Partnership Support Unit, the Government of Morocco, the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP), and the Resources to Advance LEDS Implementation Project (RALI) supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Climate Toolbox is maintained by the NDC Partnership Support Unit.

Limitations

The Climate Toolbox is not intended to be comprehensive of all NDC or climate-related tools or resources. The Climate Toolbox is meant to provide relevant information on existing planning and implementation tools and is meant to complement, rather than duplicate, existing platforms that provide similar resources.