The Best Climate Practices Observatory is a project of the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG). ICCG is a joint initiative of Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and Fondazione Giorgio Cini, in collaboration with the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC)


The Best Climate Practices (BCP) aims at giving a complete overview of our concrete actions for dealing with climate change, while stressing the wide range of possibilities that, if implemented by politics, economics, institutions, enterprises and researchers, could make a decisive difference.

The aim of the project is to help propagate best climate practices, showcasing a compendium of existing climate change measures and practices, plus new initiatives: all of these are specifically catalogued according to the theme they focus on.


The observatory

The observatory is an interactive platform that collects a selection of best climate practices that deserve attention for their originality, positive impact in dealing with climate change impacts, implementation potential and replicability at the local, regional, national and global level.


Through an interactive world map, the observatory makes it possible to locate the best practices and evaluate which geographical region deserves more attention. Contents are browsed by different filters allowing users to choose the research that better fits their needs.

Get involved

The initiative seeks to involve a wide range of participants. Researchers, organisations, enterprises, policy makers and citizens are strongly encouraged to get actively involved in the development of the platform by submitting new practices at any time, and rating the best ones on the occasion of the yearly BCP Contests.

Also, through the Kick Start Your Project section, users can find a range of financial solutions for all those participants who have brilliant ideas on fighting climate change but do not have the necessary resources to get started.

Finally, Best Climate Practices represents a useful tool for creating a network to discuss and share new viewpoints and proposals for dealing with climate change impacts.

A best practice is a “technique, a methodology or a procedure that, through experience and research, has been proven to reliably lead to a desired result and that is used as a benchmark”. In short, a best practice is a method that has been found to be successful in reaching a goal, and that can be used, or adapted for use, in other circumstances. Best practices can help solve a wide range of problems, and save people the trouble of reinventing the wheel: if someone else has already found an effective way to resolve an issue or advance a cause, it makes sense to use it. Moreover, employing a method or program that’s been tested and found successful increases the chances of reaching one’s goal.

In order to classify a practice as the best one available, some characteristics should be taken into account:

  • Measurability: the progress towards reaching a goal should be capable of being measured
  • Notably successful: the method or program not only gains good results, but makes more progress toward achieving its goals than most others with similar aims
  • Replicability: the method or program is structured and documented clearly enough so that it can be reproduced in different political, geographical and socio-economic contexts
  • Feasibility: the actions proposed by the practice should have a concrete possibility of being realized.

Best Practices in the context of climate change

In the context of climate change, the result a best practice should aim to achieve is effective progress towards mitigating the effects of climate change or adapting to it.

Admissible Practices

The BCP observatory accepts technological inventions, policy programs, educational campaigns, or, more generally, revolutionary and promising methods for dealing with climate change and all its related challenges. BCP welcomes best practices that can be both brand new ideas or already existing innovative projects (in their preliminary phase, under way, or already concluded).

During your visit to the Climate Best Practices Observatory, you will likely come across the icons of ICCG’s hot topics. Each practice on this website that addresses one of ICCG’s hot topics is tagged with an ad hoc label, and through the search box on the Practices page you can filter all the practices on the corresponding issues.

What and which are the ICCG hot topics?

The International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG), in its effort to inform the general public worldwide of the scientific and socio-economic research regarding climate change mitigation and adaptation, would like to call attention to cross-cutting issues related to the environment, which due to their geopolitical importance, constitute global challenges on which the Centre intends to focus its research activities.

At present there are five hot topics active (with more to come in the near future): Arctic melting, Energy poverty, Climate & Health, Low-carbon finance and Water security.


Arctic melting

The accelerated melting of the Arctic permafrost due to climate change has important implications at the environmental, social, political and economic levels.


Energy Poverty

Reducing Energy Poverty in the developing world is a necessary condition for promoting its economic and social development. 1.3 billion people in the world still lack access to electricity and 2.7 billion people rely mainly on traditional biomass.


Climate & Health

The impact of climate change on human health has many facets and is gaining priority in international research. The ICCG is focusing primarily on its economic implications and the urgent need for action on the part of policy makers to deal with this life-threatening transformation.


Climate Finance

ICCG wants to promote high level meetings and create a collaborative platform for know-how exchange of best practices on innovative financing instruments for renewable energy infrastructure development, both in the field of generation and transmission, as well as of best practices on stable and long-lasting energy policy and regulation enhancing green energy investments.


Water Security

The objective of this ICCG Hot Topic is to develop and communicate the analysis of the environmental, social, economic and political issues around water security. This understanding can be used for both distance learning and to inform policy discussions at the national and international level.



Collaboration with other research institutions, academia, firms, governmental and non-governmental organizations is fundamental to our strategic objective of facing dealing with the impacts of climate change through the promotion and implementation of best climate practices.

The Best Climate Practices Observatory welcomes and values partnerships and collaborations. Our work relies heavily on our strategic selection of people and successful partnerships around the world. We believe that by working together, we can discover, develop, and deliver the best climate practices implemented worldwide and those that are just waiting for someone to believe in their potential.

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The Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative is a global network of researchers and practitioners working to advance understanding in the emerging field of green growth, by undertaking an analysis of early experiences. GGBP is engaging more than 70 authors in an evidence-based assessment of proven practices and lessons with green growth analysis, planning, and implementation across all regions.

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