Adapting to Climate Change in China - Phase I


The Adapting to Climate Change in China project is designed to develop and share internationally China’s experience of integrating climate change adaptation into the development process, in order to reduce China and other countries’ vulnerability to climate change.

The ACCC Project is a UK-Chinese-Swiss collaboration, building on a longstanding partnership on tackling climate impacts, which began between China and the UK in 2001.

The project aims to improve global knowledge on the assessment of climate impacts and risks, develop practical approaches to climate change adaptation and share the experience with other countries of China’s enhanced resilience to the impacts of climate change through integrated development and adaptation policies.

The cooperating departments are:

  • UK Department for International Development (Dfid Research, Dfid China)
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • China’s National Development Reform Commission (NDRC)    
  • UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
Adaptation Work:

ACCC focuses on bringing together the essential ingredients for an effective response to the current and future impacts of climate change. This means bridging the gap between communities; an ambitious collaborative programme integrating government and research, national and subnational planning, development and climate change, social and physical science.

We work with government departments, key national research institutes, provincial partners, international researchers and practitioners and a programme management office based in Beijing.

The work is conducted through teams of interdisciplinary researchers, to fully encompass the social, economic and environmental factors at play. Research activities and outputs are coordinated through the project management office.

ACCC supports a website, regular progress meetings, capacity building workshops and outreach through various channels including publications, international conferences and Chinese policy fora.