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Strategic Environmental Dialogues

As of: January 2022

With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement, the international community has put forward an ambitious vision that forms a blueprint for international cooperation. In this context the project supports the BMU in its climate and environmental dialogue with major emerging economies, including India, Indonesia and China. In addition to policy advice, it assists in the implementation and organisation of high-level bilateral environmental forums and regional and international conferences, and implements capacity-building measures in the focus countries. In addition to policymakers, key stakeholders from industry, academia and civil society take part in the dialogue forums. The aim is to promote bilateral and international exchange on an environmental-friendly and low-carbon economy, and thereby support consensus-building on key issues in international processes on climate and environmental policy.
Predecessor project(s)
Strategic Environmental Dialogue Forums with Newly Industrialising Countries Strategic Environmental Dialogue Forums with Partner Countries on Gearing their Economies Towards Resource and Energy Efficiency

State of implementation/results

  • As a cooperation between the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, the Council of Ministers of the Central American Commission for Environment and Development and a GIZ project on biodiversity and economy, the Green Recovery Academy was held from August to September 2021. It focused on sustainable economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic through capacity building and exchange of experiences.
  • A virtual regional workshop took place in November 2020 to disseminate the core messages of the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) 2019. The report shows the current state of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and provides guidance on sustainable development and transformative development paths.
  • Together with the IKI-project "Blue Solutions", Honduras was actively supported in cooperation with Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic to submit an application in the ideas competition of the Bio-Bridge Initiative of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). It is realised as a dialog event on marine ecosystem services.
  • The cooperation with the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and the German Development Institute (DIE) will be continued after the implementation of the Sustainable Leadership Academy 2019 in Brazil.
  • In 2020, a regional training of trainers was successfully implemented in Asia as an online training on national climate change contributions (NDCs) and SDGs, Leave no one behind in COVID-19 measures and digitalisation in the context of the 2030 Agenda.
  • Colombia:
    • With the support of Germany, Colombia hosted World Environment Day in 2020.
    • Based on this cooperation, the podcast "De la recuperación verde, a la paz" was produced together with the bilateral project ProNDC. In five episodes, Colombian and German experts meet and discuss current issues of green recovery. The first episode is available under the following link:…;dl_branch=1
  • Argentina:
    • Together with the partners of the Argentinean Ministry of the Environment, dialogues were continued in the area of recycling and waste management. On July 16 and 18, 2019, two Open Source Circular Economy Days (OSCE days) were held in cooperation with the German think tank CRCLR, bringing together experts, environmentalists and innovators to exchange ideas and solutions.
  • China:
    • In the political dialogue with China, the topics of resource and energy efficiency were promoted. Following a first joint conference in 2000, the dialogue was continuously intensified through regular environmental forums. The 6th German-Chinese Environmental Forum under the patronage of Minister of the environment Svenja Schulze and Vice-Minister Zhao Yingmin of the Chinese Ministry of the Environment in October 2019, focused on the fight against climate change and the preservation of biodiversity, among other things.
  • India:
    • The cooperation with the Indian Ministry of the Environment has been continued. In 2014 and 2015 the Indo-German Expert Group on Green and Inclusive Economy developed recommendations for the cooperation of the countries in the field of economic and environmental policy. Since 2015, the exchange of knowledge has been stabilized and expanded through working groups. The bilateral working groups on water management, waste management, urban development, climate and biodiversity met again before the 3rd Indo-German Environmental Forum in February 2019 in New Delhi. The focus of the forum was on capacities and technologies for the implementation of NDCs and SDGs and it was decided to jointly promote the avoidance of marine litter.

Project data

Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Morocco, South Africa, Thailand, Uruguay, Viet Nam

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Political partner(s):
  • Diverse climate change relevant institutions in the respective partner countries/Diverse klimarelevante Institutionen in den entsprechenden Partnerländern
  • Ministry of Ecology and Environment - China
  • Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment (MEMEE) - Morocco
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) - India
  • Ministry of Environment - Brazil
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) - Indonesia
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development - Argentina
  • Ministry of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment (MVOTMA) - Uruguay *
  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) - Viet Nam
  • National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) - China
  • Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning - ONEP - Thailand
  • State Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) - Indonesia

BMU grant:
9.350.000,00 €

01/2014  till  02/2023


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