About the IKI
The International Climate Initiative (IKI) is an important part of the German government's international climate finance commitment. Since 2022 the IKI is implemented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) and the Federal Foreign Office (AA). Through the IKI, the ministries jointly support approaches in developing and emerging countries to implement and ambitiously develop the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) anchored in the Paris Agreement. This includes measures to adapt to the impacts of climate change and to conserve and rebuild natural carbon sinks, taking into account environmental, economic and social concerns. The IKI also supports its partner countries in achieving the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The three ministries jointly agree on the basic IKI framework. This includes the instruments that help ensure and verify the values and responsibilities of the IKI, the various funding calls and external communication.
The activities from IKI projects range, for example, from advising policy makers on capacity building and technology partnerships to risk hedging through innovative financial instruments. It also includes studies, project preparation advice for infrastructure development, and investment instruments for climate change mitigation or biodiversity conservation.
To date, IKI has approved more than 950 climate and biodiversity projects in over 150 countries worldwide with a total funding volume of almost 6 billion euros (2008-2022).
The program management, evaluations and technical assistance of the projects, as well as the management of IKI media and communication are supported by the IKI Office at the government owned Zukunft - Umwelt - Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH.
The IKI finances projects run by organisations that implement measures together with developing, emerging and transitional countries within the four IKI funding areas:
- Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions
- Adapting to the impacts of climate change
- Conserving natural carbon sinks with a focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+)
- Conserving biological diversity
Many projects normally involve more than one funding area.
Zukunft – Umwelt – Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH
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Impact & Learning
Values & Responsibility
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