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Corona Response Package

Working together towards a sustainable recovery

The COVID 19 pandemic poses a significant challenge to societies and governments worldwide. Protecting the health of citizens is a top priority. However, it is vital to also address the prevention of future pandemics and the restart of economic activities.

Against this backdrop, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has developed a Corona Response Package under its International Climate Initiative (IKI). The package supports IKI's partner countries in addressing these challenges, by giving selected ongoing projects and initiatives complementary tasks. The aim is to maintain and strengthen existing social structures and to promote and accelerate the transformation, to an economy with a focus on climate change mitigation and conservation of biodiversity. Further initiatives will be added to the Corona Response Package later this year.

Fast-track procedure: crises require rapid action

The Corona Response Package focuses on a green restart of the economy in combination with the prevention of pandemics. Climate policy issues and the conservation of biodiversity remain as guiding principles in the spirit of the Paris Agreement, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the 2030 Agenda. The 68 million euro package will involve 29 projects in 25 countries and support 16 different IKI implementing partners. It is regionally balanced, thematically diverse, and aims to meet the needs of the partner countries.

With the Corona Response Package, the IKI helps to provide short-term responses to the impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic. The fast-track procedure has been modified and shortened compared to the standard processes of IKI project funding. The package of measures can build on approximately 300 IKI projects that are currently underway to provide targeted support.

The Corona Response Package supports IKI partner countries worldwide in coping with the consequences of the pandemic (Flaticon / Pause08; iStockPhoto / AVIcons; iStockPhoto / Raul Almu)

The three priority areas of the Corona Response Package

"Climate protection and biodiversity must make a significant contribution to economic recovery worldwide."

Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary at the BMU. Photo: Bundesregierung/Sandra Steins

Priority 1: Emergency measures for nature reserves and biodiversity hotspots

Due to quarantine measures and lack of funds from tourism, poaching and deforestation have dramatically increased worldwide. As a result, communities such as indigenous groups are acutely at risk.

Therefore, one focus of the measures is to provide financial support for the conservation of nature reserves and biodiversity hotspots and to mitigate the immediate consequences of the COVID 19 pandemic.

IKI projects supplemented by emergency measures:

Support to indigenous peoples’ and community conserved areas and territories (ICCAs)

Forest protection and the management of natural resources in Manu Biosphere Reserve

Promotion of nature-based solutions for resilient, low-carbon and biodiverse territorial development (project start: August 2020)

Priority 2: Support for green economic recovery

IKI partner countries are facing significant economic and social challenges. This presents an opportunity to achieve a sustainable recovery of the economy that contributes to climate change mitigation and the conservation of biodiversity. During the last months, many governments already committed themselves to this goal. The second focus of the Corona Response Package is to seize this opportunity and support green economic recovery.

The IKI package is intended to contribute to strengthening a climate-friendly economy in two ways:

One, economic advisors in seven partner countries are financed to support planning and finance ministries in designing climate-friendly economic stimulus programmes. The BMU's cooperation partners for this priority area are NDC Partnership, the OECD and UN PAGE (UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy).

Two, additional support is given to ongoing IKI projects that have a special employment effect while laying the foundation for the integration of climate change and biodiversity aspects into long-term policies for economic development. To this end, the BMU will give additional funds to 16 IKI projects and adapt the content to include further nine projects. These projects focus on energy efficiency, renewable energies, urban development, and the mobilisation of sustainable investments.

IKI projects that support green recovery:

Priority 3: Prevention of pandemics

The third part of the package focuses on the prevention of pandemics. The increasing occurrence of viral pandemics is closely linked to the growing loss of biodiversity and forests worldwide. When humans and animals move closer together, the risk of diseases being transmitted from animals to humans (zoonoses) increases.

Therefore, the conservation of biodiversity hotspots and forests helps to reduce the risk of zoonoses, and thus reduces the likelihood of pandemics.


Implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Convention on Biodiversity

Green recovery measures will strengthen the cooperation with partner countries and complement the implementation and development of ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) based on the Paris Agreement. Besides, the measures will support the achievement of the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and address the dramatic loss of natural resources worldwide.

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