Strategic Environmental Dialogues - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Strategic Environmental Dialogues

As of: March 2020

Objective and activities

The international community has formulated an ambitious vision with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. Together with the Paris Agreement, they form a guideline for international cooperation. Building on previous projects, the project is intensifying strategic environmental dialogues with major emerging economies like Brazil, China, India and Thailand and also extending them to other countries. Political decision makers and key stakeholders from business, science and civil society participate in the dialogue forums. Working groups as well as international and regional conferences are being organised and studies are being carried out to prepare the dialogue formats. In this way, the project promotes the exchange of information on an environmentally friendly and low-carbon economy, with the aim of positively influencing climate negotiations. The project also supports the BMU in organising high-level environmental forums.
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

  • Several high-level environmental dialogue forums have been held, e.g. the Fifth Sino-German Environmental Forum (April 2016), the second German-Brazilian climate dialogue in the context of the government negotiations (August 2015), the third Indo-German Environmental Forum (13th February 2019)
  • Annual meeting of the steering group between the BMU and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment agreed in the Environmental Forum with Thailand in 2013
  • An Indo-German Expert Group on Green and Inclusive Economy will be coordinated and a transnational exchange of experts will be organised, which has already published various policy papers
  • A study on "Energy Efficient and Green Buildings: The Key to Decoupling in the Construction and Building Sector" in India was created
  • The implementation of the 2. Inclusive and Sustainable Economies Powering the Sustainable Development Goals" ministerial conference of the UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), which took place in Berlin from 27th -28th March 2017, was supported
  • Under a financing agreement, the project supported the Michael Succow Foundation in the project "Strategic Environmental Dialogues on Carribean Coastal Peatlands". In addition to collecting data on moors and climate protection through missions to the region and various expert discussions, the project also included a workshop at the "International Wetland Symposium" in Cuba and an independent side event at COP 23 in Bonn (…)
  • BMU Side Event "Tackling Air Pollution- Challenges for Governments and Industry" as retired by UNEA 3 in Nairobi, Kenya on 5 December 2017…
  • In October 2018 together with the partners in the Uruguayan Environment Ministry the second expert mission on sustainable watershed management was prepared and conducted. The report will be published in Autumn 2019
  • Together with the partners of the Argentine Ministry of Environment, the strategic environmental dialogues in the area of circular economy / recycling and waste management were continued.
  • On July, 16th and July, 18th, 2019 two Open Source Circular Economy Days (OSCE Days) were held in cooperation with CRCLR, bringing together experts, environmentalists and innovators to share ideas and solutions.
  • On October, 30th and 31st, 2019, the 6th German-Chinese Environmental Forum on Clean Air and Biodiversity took place at ministerial level. The project supported the BMU with the preparation and follow-up as well as with the implementation of the forum, which brings together key players from politics, business, science and civil society.
  • On a global and regional level, the project supported the preparation and implementation of numerous international events on behalf of the BMU. Most recently, the project supported the consultation of scientists in the preparation of the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) through a regional workshop in Amman, Jordan, in April 2019. A total of around 100 experts from politics, business and academia exchanged views on the implementation status of the 2030 agenda. To spread the core messages of the GSDR, workshops in Berlin and Brussels will be supported in October 2019. Subsequent workshops will be held in the regions involved in the consultation workshops (Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Latin America, MENA).

Project data

Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Morocco, South Africa, Thailand, Uruguay, Vietnam

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

Partner institution(s):
  • Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) - South Africa
  • Diverse climate change relevant institutions in the respective partner countries/Diverse klimarelevante Institutionen in den entsprechenden Partnerländern
  • Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment (MEMEE) - Morocco
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) - India
  • Ministry of Environment (KLHK) - Indonesia
  • Ministry of Environment - Brazil
  • Ministry of Environmental Protection - China
  • 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

BMU grant:
7.800.000,00 €

01/2014  till  02/2023

Related publications

04/2016Climate Protection in China
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