Funding Area: Adapting to the impacts of climate change

Adaptation to climate change is a topic of increasing global importance as many of the negative impacts of climate change on nature and human society are now unavoidable.  Extreme weather events such as flooding, hurricanes or heatwaves often tend to affect countries and populations who are much less capable of mitigating these disasters. The Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA) from the Paris Agreement aims to address these concerns, stating that the international support given to developing countries for adaptation to climate change impacts should be continued and increased.


IKI´s approaches in the funding area "Adaptation"

With its funding area ‘Adapting to the impacts of climate change’, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) is helping particularly vulnerable countries and regions to strengthen their adaptability to the consequences of climate change. This is to enable people to cope better with the changing climatic conditions and extreme weather events.

In its work on adaptation, the IKI prioritises reliable planning processes that account for climate risks and their corresponding adaptation measures at all levels of political decision-making. This process is accompanied by National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), where the IKI offers support in drafting these plans to its partner regions. The NAP can therefore be understood as a framework that encompasses and coordinates all of the adaptation activities at national, subnational and local level.  

When implementing adaptation measures, the IKI focuses in particular on following the principles of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA). As part of larger-scale adaptation planning, ecosystem-based measures combine climate change impact adjustment and biodiversity conservation, and such solutions are often less expensive than those provided by technological approaches.

Adaptation fund

Germany is via the IKI also one of the largest donors to the international Adaptation Fund and has contributed approximately 380 million euros since the fund’s formation in 2007. The Adaptation Fund finances projects that help population groups threatened by climate change in developing countries to adapt to the consequences of climate change. These projects are based on these countries’ needs and priorities. Since 2010, the Adaptation Fund has so far provided 878 million US Dollars for projects, including 127 completed projects in almost 100 countries, benefiting 28 million people (as of February 2022). 

Website of the adaptation fund

Topics within the funding area "Adaptation"

Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)

Supporting national adaptation plans

Instruments for risk management

Cross-cutting topics of the IKI

Implementing NDCs

Sustainable Financing

Sustainable Urban Development

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