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Support of Costa Rica's carbon neutrality strategy as a model for low carbon development (phase II)

As of: January 2021

Costa Rica is looking to position itself as a regional climate action champion. This project therefore aims to help the Costa Rican government in its low-emission development efforts throughout the economy and civil society. Other goals include boosting the expertise of local actors and developing tools to implement the climate neutrality strategy. One focus here is improvements to national legislation and institutional processes as well as setting up a national system for monitoring climate targets. Funding opportunities for climate action programmes are also being explored as well as incentives for climate-friendly business. Phase II builds on the success of the preceding project, which helped relevant actors expand their climate action competencies while introducing climate change mitigation programmes in the coffee and transport sectors. By achieving international recognition for its activities, Costa Rica is now a role model for other countries in the region.
Predecessor project(s)
Support of Costa Rica's Zero-Emission Development Strategy as Model for Low Carbon Development

State of implementation/results

  • Since 2020, the project acts as a central hub for other IKI projects in the Central America and Caribbean region.
  • The development of an investment portfolio for smaller projects in Costa Rica, focusing on local implementation and Green Recovery in strategic issues of the climate agenda shall be part of the project's financing component.
  • Advising the Ministry of the Environment on the establishment of the Civil Society Climate Advisory Council (Consejo 5C) with representatives of i. a. indigenous people, women, NGOs, trade unions and business. In February 2018, this Climate Advisory Council was officially launched; meanwhile, it meets regularly and has worked out a work plan.
  • The Science Council 4C was sworn in and started work in early 2019.
  • Dialogue formats with the private and financial sectors (including Purdymotor (Toyota), BAC Credomatic, HOLCIM, FIFCO, Florex, the banking and insurance regulators) are successfully implemented to contribute to Costa Rican NDC implementation.
  • In cooperation with the global project VICLIM, a study trip to Mexico was organized to exchange experiences on climate change between community representatives on topics such as climate governance, MRV, vertical integration of climate policies, waste management, mobility and environmental protection.
  • During a side event of the Pre-COP in October 2019, the first seven municipalities in the country will be honored for successfully calculating their greenhouse gas inventories.
  • The key project has been instrumental in developing and establishing the national decarbonisation plan by organizing consultation formats involving key sectors and stakeholders.
  • Within the projects implemented by GIZ in Costa Rica and other actors, the project has a central knowledge management function as well as the bundling of ongoing advisory and support processes towards the counterparts.
  • Currently, the SPA project is coordinating the efficient application of Costa Rican funding under the CAEP (Climate Action Enhancement Package) initiative.
  • The project, in collaboration with Urban Waste Management's Work Stream Good Practices, has conducted a webinar on experience in financing climate action at the local level.
  • Project staff also participate in the regional data / block chain and NDC implementation work streams.
  • Guidance on how to properly handle coolants in the cooling and cooling systems for businesses and communities has been developed in collaboration with the Cool Contributions project (15_I_242_Global_G_Cool Contributions C4):… 08 / Gesti% C3% B3n-y uso-seguro-de-refrigerantes.pdf
  • The platform of the Costa-rican Climate Secretariat is constantly being updated with new information:
  • 16 November 2019: Launch of the Waste Management Fund for small and medium-sized enterprises and municipalities together with the CRUSA Foundation.
  • 24 March 2020: Organization of the first exchange of IKI projects in Central America and the Caribbean
  • 23 April 2020: Presentation of the carbon inventories and action plans of 14 municipalities
  • Publication on the project’s impacts between 2016 and 2019: cambioclimatico.go.crwp-content/…

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Project data

Costa Rica

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

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) - Costa Rica

Implementing partner(s):
  • Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) - Costa Rica

BMU grant:
5.650.000,00 €

05/2015  till  04/2021



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