10 Years International Climate Initiative (IKI) Conference Programme


Ned Helme

Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Public Policy

Vera Scholz

Director of the Climate Change, Environment, Infrastructure Division at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

8:00               Registration and light breakfast

9:00               Welcome

                       Jochen Flasbarth

                       State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation                              and Nuclear Safety, BMU


                       Laurence Tubiana

                       Chief Executive Officer of the European Climate Foundation (tbc)

                       Dr Anne Larigauderie

                       Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity
                        and Ecosystem Services


                       Norbert Gorißen

                       Head of the International Climate Finance and International
                       Climate Initiative Division, BMU


10:00            Parallel Sessions: 10 Years IKI – Highlights and good approaches in retrospect


Harnessing nature to boost adaptive capacity – a success story
The concept of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) has become an increasingly important aspect of the international climate policy debate. This session will look at the journey EbA and IKI have undertaken together. Innovations from EbA projects in coastal and mountain ecosystems will be featured, looking at new methodological approaches to finance EbA as well as how to create momentum for nature based solutions to adaptation.

Session 2: AMBITION

NAMAs and NAPs – brought to a new use in the context of NDC implementation
This session will look into how the different concepts of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) und (Intended) Nationally Determined Contributions ((I)NDCs) have evolved and been taken up and addressed within the IKI over time, now closely linked with NAMAs and NAPs feeding into NDC implementation. It will look into the question of how we can make good use of the mentioned instruments to spur partner countries’ ambition in NDC implementation even further.


From MRV to ETF – Unpacking the complexity of transparency negotiations
This session will take a closer look at the topic of MRV from the past until today. IKI projects will present achievements, challenges and lessons learnt during the last ten years. The session will discuss the ongoing UNFCCC negotiations regarding the transition to the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) and attempt developing visions for the future goals and challenges of BMU’s climate financing approaches in the area of ETF.


Long-term biodiversity conservation through efficient protected areas management
From the outset, the IKI has funded worldwide projects to support the establishment and management of key protected areas, buffer zones and other rich habitats to conserve biological diversity and ecosystem services. By doing so, the IKI contributes to the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This session will discuss the manifold achievements, lessons learned by IKI projects and future challenges.


Financing the global transformation or transforming the financial sector
Over the past 10 years, the IKI has pioneered and supported innovative financial instruments to attract more public and private resources for climate change measures all over the world. This session will discuss lessons learnt and future challenges, focusing on established and new instruments. It will look at necessary steps in order to effectively support partner countries in financing transformative change and in transforming the financial sector.

12:00              Lunch Break

10:00              Panel Discussion

Reflecting on 10 years IKI in the wider international context

A rapporteur will provide a brief summary of the outcomes of the morning sessions. The panelists will then reflect on how the changing international context - including the adoption of the Paris Agreement and of the Sustainable Development Goals – has influenced IKI over the years. How has the understanding of project implementation evolved, e.g. in terms of ownership, international cooperation and coordination? What contribution has the IKI made to these developments?


Jan Peter Schemmel

Director of the IKI Programme Office


Yamil Bonduki

Technical Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme

Christoph Heinrich

Director for Nature Conservation at the World Wildlife Fund Germany

Rosa Morales

General Director of Climate Change, Desertification and Water Resources of the Ministry of Environment of Peru

Seyni Nafo

Advisor to the President of Mali and Chair of the African Group of Negotiators

Smita Nakhooda

Senior Policy and Planning Specialist at the Asian Development Bank (tbc)

12:00               Coffee Break

15:30              Parallel Sessions: Future Prospects - Examples for Challenges and Solutions

Session 6: Supporting energy transition – challenges and opportunities

In dynamic economic areas such as South East Asia integrated planning and implementation of sustainable energy supply is key to meet rising energy demands. This session will discuss the need for feasible approaches, focusing on the alignment of energy security demands with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Session 7: Mainstreaming Biodiversity – challenges and approaches

Mainstreaming biodiversity into sectors identified as drivers of biodiversity loss has become a key strategy of CBD. Many concepts and policy tools have been developed in this regard. However, mainstreaming efforts often remain at the pilot or case study level. The session will present and discuss the challenges and new approaches to fill the gaps between theory and practice.

Session 8: The emerging power of cities – fostering sustainable urban development

Today, cities already account for 70 % of global GHG emissions since energy intensive sectors, such as industry, transport, housing and waste feature strongly in the urbanisation of metropolitan areas. This session will present the IKI portfolio in Sustainable Urban Development, which has become a cross-sectoral funding priority since 2015 to address the increasing role of cities to implement the NDC, the SDG and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) already at the local level.

Session 9: Implementing NDCs – experiences in SIDS

SIDS are very vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change, but at the same time are also interested in transitioning from fossil fuel-based to renewable energies. This session will look at the unique needs and opportunities of NDC implementation in small island states, showcasing how IKI projects could strengthen the ambition level of future NDCs and how they have contributed to NDC implementation to date.

Session 10: Forest and Landscape Restoration

Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) has reached an international level of recognition, which reflects its importance for climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development. The Bonn Challenge (BC) and its global goal to restore 150 ha until 2020 has made this recognition possible. BMU prioritised FLR/BC based project funding via the IKI, now entering the phase from funding and pledging into implementation of FLR. This session offers the opportunity to exchange on FLR implementation.

17:00              Panel Discussion

IKI in the years to come

The panellists will discuss challenges that the world faces in the upcoming years and how the IKI as a funding instrument could react. Which policies should be strengthened? Which topics need to be addressed?


Manny de Guzman

Secretary and Vice Chairperson of the Philippine Climate Change Commission

Kate Hampton

Chief Executive Officer of the Children‘s Investment Fund Foundation

Prof Dr Dirk Messner

Director of the German Development Institute

Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven

Director-General of the Department for Global Issues –Sector Policies and Programmes, BMZ

17:00              Concluding Remarks

Dr Eva Kracht

Deputy Director-Generalof the Subdivision Europe and International, BMU

Dr. Elsa Nickel

Director-General of the the Division Nature Protection and Sustainable Use of Nature, BMU

18:00              Reception with Live Music

The programme may still be subject to changes.


Gustav-Stresemann-Institut e.V. (GSI)
Langer Grabenweg 68
53175 Bonn-Bad Godesberg


by rail

From Bonn central station:
• Take the subway 16 or 63 in the
direction of „Bad Godesberg“
• Get off at „Max-Löbner-Straße“
• Walk down „Max-Löbner-Straße“ to the end

From Siegburg / Bonn ICE station
• Subway 66, in the direction of „Bonn/Bad Honnef“
• Get off at „Robert-Schuman-Platz“
• Follow Kurt-Georg-Kiesinger-Allee, turn left to Jean-Monnet-Straße,
turn left to Heinemann-Straße, turnright to Langer Grabenweg

by plane

From airport Cologne / Bonn:
• Take the bus SB60 (Terminal 1/2) in the direction of „Hauptbahnhof“ (Bonn central station)
• At Bonn central station, take the subway 16 or 63 in the direction of „Bad Godesberg“
• Get off at „Max-Löbner-Straße“
• Walk down „Max-Löbner-Straße“ to the end

Taxi contact: Bonn

Taxi Bonn, 0049/ (0) 228 55 55 55
Taxi Gauchel, 0049/ (0) 173 280 30 40
Bonn-Chauffeur, 0049/ (0) 228 608 88 88

General Information

On 5 May 2018 the public event „Rhine in Flames“ will take place at Bonn’s Rheinaue leisure park, when numerous landmarks and sights alongside the Rhine Valley will be bathed in colours. The highlight of the event will be a spectacular firework at Bonn’s Rheinaue around 11.15 pm. To walk from the venue to the Rheinaue leisure park, follow “Langer Grabenweg” to the right. At the end, turn right to “Heinemann Straße”. Walk down „Heinemann Straße“ to the end. Due to the public event, please bear in mind that there will be an increased demand for public transport.

Conference Management

The conference management team will gladly provide you with further information and answer any questions you may have:
Susanne Pöschko, 0049/ (0) 177 50 34 325

IKI Twitter Feed

Selected IKI Factsheets on climate and biodiversity policy support

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  • The International Climate Initiative

    Since 2008, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries, as well as in countries in transition.

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  • Conservation and Sustainable Use of Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources

    The Earth's wealth of ecosystems, species and genetic diversity provides the foundation for human life and our wellbeing. This is particularly true of coastal and marine ecosystems, which cover 70% of our Earth's surface.

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    Building Capacities for NDC Formulation

    With ratification of the Paris Agreement, concluded in December 2015 at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, industrialized countries as well as emerging economies and developing countries commit themselves to take action in order to limit global warming to 2 and preferably 1.5 degree Celsius.
    The actual “climate outcome” of the Paris Agreement will mainly depend on implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), that all states must submit to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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    Building Capacity for MRV

    With the Paris Agreement (2015) the world is set on course for transformative climate action to cut emissions and build climate resilience. Transparency is one of the backbones of the Agreement and important for building international trust and – inter alia - tracking of progress towards achieving Parties' INDCs. Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) is central to this transparency system, since it describes all measures which Parties take to collect data on emissions, mitigation actions and support, and to compile this information in reports and greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories which are then subject to some form of international review or analysis.

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    Mobilising Finance for mitigation and climate change adaptation

    Developing countries in particular face enormous challenges in mobilising financial resources and using funding for the necessary climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. The mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the preservation of natural carbon reservoirs and the adaptation to the impacts of climate change all require financial resources - to build solar power systems and wind turbines, for energy-efficient building refurbishment, to expand public transport systems, for reforestation, to strengthen flood protection measures, to set up protected areas and much more.

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    Building Capacity for NAMAs

    Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) are voluntary measures by developing countries and emerging economies to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the form of projects, programmes, or policies, ideally aiming at transforming whole sectors. They should be embedded in Low Carbon Development Strategies (LCDS), which have been developed in most countries, and are building blocks of the (Intended) Nationally Determined Contributions ((I)NDCs) to an international climate change agreement. An MRV (Measurement, Reporting and Verification) system is necessary to determine the actions’ effectiveness, i.e. whether the planned GHG emission reductions were achieved.

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    Sustainable Urban Development

    Today more than half of the global population lives in cities. According to UN Habitat the share of people living in urban areas will increase to 70% by 2050 with the majority of urban growth taking place in emerging economies and developing countries. Cities are responsible for around 70% of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions as sectors with high emissions such as industry, transport, housing and waste concentrate in metropolitan areas.

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    Opportunities of Sustainable Mobility

    Mobility is essential for the social and economic development of a country. Reliable transport systems have positive impacts on a country's economy and improve access to jobs, education and health care. However, current trends in the transport sector are mostly unsustainable. The tremendous growth of motorised transport is one of the key challenges for sustainable development worldwide. With 27%, the transport sector already contributes the second highest share of energy-related CO2 emissions globally and is the fastest growing sector in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These trends will continue if sustainable transport solutions are not systematically introduced.

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    Building Capacity for Ecosystem-based Adaptation

    The concept of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) has become an increasingly important aspect of the international climate policy debate. For instance, over 20 countries refer explicitly to EbA in their INDC submissions (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) to the UNFCCC while over 100 countries indicate ecosystem-based visions for adaptation . Furthermore, EbA measures are often embedded in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) as well as many other decisions and planning making processes. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) specifically promotes the approach through its International Climate Initiative (IKI).

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    Building Capacity for NAPs

    In response to the increased necessity to consider medium-to long-term planning for climate change adaptation within the framework of national development priorities, the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process was established in 2010 under the Cancun Adaptation Framework (CAF) at the 16th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The NAP process is designed specifically for least developed countries (LDCs), but invites all developing countries to follow the developed guidance.



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    Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Useof Natural Carbon Sinks – REDD+

    Globally, forests are the biggest terrestrial carbon sink. Their destruction and unsustainable use cause major greenhouse gas emissions which contribute considerably to global climate change. Currently, forest loss is particularly severe in tropical developing countries – mainly due to the rising global demand for agricultural and livestock products such as soy, palm oil, coffee, cocoa, rubber, meat and leather. Halting deforestation and restoring forests asset out by the Bonn Challenge which aims to restore 150 Mio ha until 2020 can contribute considerably to the mitigation of CO2 and keeping global warming below 2°C.

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Selected IKI Videos

  • The International Climate Initiative (IKI) in a nutshell

    Since 2008, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) cooperates with partner countries in the practical implementation of climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation measures. Since its establishment, it has launched more than 500 projects. The total project volume since 2008 amounts to €2.3 billion.

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  • Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions

    The International Climate Initiative (IKI) supports partner countries in developing and implementing innovative instruments for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • Adapting to the impacts of climate change

    The International Climate Initiative (IKI) is supporting particularly vulnerable countries and regions in increasing their capacity to adapt to the effects of climate change.

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  • Conserving natural carbon sinks/REDD+

    The International Climate Initiative (IKI) supports partner countries in the practical implementation of the international mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+).

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  • Conserving biological diversity

    The International Climate Initiative (IKI) supports partner countries to implement the targets of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 (Aichi Targets) of the international Convention on Biological Diversity.

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  • The last cranes of Cambodia

    A conservation area and the introduction of organic farming aim to save the last 1,000 Sarus cranes in the wetlands along the mighty Mekong.

    A film by Christian Jaburg

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  • Protecting biodiversity in the island paradise of the Seychelles

    Protection of the ecosystem and a myriad of species has high priority on the Seychelles. The BIOFIN initiative will support the country in its efforts.

    A film by Kilian Schütze

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  • Putting people before palm oil in Guatemala

    The word Guatemala means "place of many trees" in Mayan. But oil palms and cornfields now blanket the land once covered in forest. Some are hoping to change that by protecting woodland and local livelihoods.

    A film by Katja Losch

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  • Green fix for food transport

    Coolants used in food transportation are often worse for the climate than CO2 emissions. Now a new cooling system is making the trip from farm to store greener.

    A film by Cornelia Borrmann

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  • City planners in Brazil discover the value of nature

    For a long time, nature was not high on the list of important features for city planners in Brazil. But increased landslides and pollutions have forced them to rethink their strategy.

    A film by Philipp Barth

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  • Russia's peat bogs: An opportunity for the world's climate

    Peat bogs store twice as much carbon as all forests in the world, making their conservation essential for the fight against climate change. A project in Russia is doing even better: it is rewetting bogs.

    A film by Kerstin Palzer

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  • Climate-friendly coffee farming in Costa Rica

    Coffee production contributes significantly to Costa Rica’s economy – but also to the country’s CO2 emissions. Small-scale farmers should now use climate-friendly farming techniques.

    A film by Katja Döhne

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  • Struggling to save Fiji's marine wealth

    The Pacific nation of Fiji is considered a paradise on earth. But in reality, the archipelago’s marine life is threatened. Researchers, politicians and residents need to join forces to save the rich underwater world.

    A film by Carmen Meyer and Holger Ernst

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  • Mobile power to bring Rwanda's remote regions into the future

    In Rwanda, 60% of the population have a mobile phone - but only 15% have electricity. Mobile kiosks now offer solar power and even internet access in the most remote places of the country.

    A film by Dan Hirschfeld

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