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. In the early years of the programme, its financial resources came from the proceeds of auctioning allowances under the emissions trading scheme. To ensure financial continuity, further funds were made available through the Special Energy and Climate Fund. Both funding mechanisms are now part of the Federal Environment Ministry’s regular budget.

The IKI is a key element of Germany’s climate financing and the funding commitments in the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Initiative places clear emphasis on climate change mitigation, adaption to the impacts of climate change and the protection of biological diversity. These efforts provide various co-benefits, particularly the improvement of living conditions in partner countries.

The IKI funds projects in the following areas:

Information on the selection procedure

The IKI's Programme Office

The Programme Office International Climate Initiative supports BMU in implementing the IKI. It evaluates project applications and submits them to BMU, which takes the final decision. It also supports processes to safeguard projects within the context of policy and international law and facilitates the exchange of experience within the IKI. The Programme Office also assesses the interim and final reports submitted to verify the use of funds and the achievement of project objectives.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH runs the Programme Office on behalf of BMU.


Programme Office of the International Climate Initiative
Potsdamer Platz 10
10785 Berlin

E-mail: programmbuero(at)
Telephone: +49 (0)30 338 424- 218
Fax: +49 (0)30 338 424 - 302