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Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (SPA)

As of: January 2022

In the context of the Paris Agreement, member states must submit, review, update and report on their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) in a transparent manner. The project strengthens several global initiatives and networks (co-)founded or financially supported by BMU, namely: the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP), the Transparency Partnership (PATPA), the NDC-LTS Network, and the NDC Partnership. They all assist partner countries to successfully implement their mitigation and adaptation policies in compliance with the Paris Agreement. Technical advice is also given to partner countries on NDC implementation and revision and implementation of the Enhanced Transparency Framework. The project also develops platforms for policy dialogue and mutual learning between countries. It develops resources and skills (capacity development) and disseminates climate policy knowledge and case studies for climate policy implementation.
Predecessor project(s)
Supporting International Mitigation and MRV Activities (IMMA)

State of implementation/results

    Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP):
    • Processes are currently underway to strategically align the network for the period 2021-2025. The function of the LEDS GP regional platforms and working groups as a platform for climate innovation, exchange and co-learning will be further strengthened and the topics of green recovery and sectoral transformation will be prioritised. The LEDS GP Transport Working Group is publishing a series of five papers co-authored by young people from around the world on sustain-able recovery for the transport sector (…).
    NDC Partnership (NDCP):
    • To support member countries in their efforts to achieve a sustainable economic recovery after the COVID-19 crisis, the NDCP presented the “Green Recovery” initiative in June 2020. Partner governments can seek short-term advice on "green" growth by so-called “Economic Advisors” from finance or planning ministries. The SPA project has published a new publication on the topic, "Green Recovery for Practitioners" (…). Those have been translated into Spanish and French (…). The SPA project has also significantly supported the placement of eight “Economic Advisors” in IKI partner countries (Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uganda).
    Selected events:
    • In 2017 and 2019, the Global NDC Conference took place in Berlin, supported by several support organisations and initiatives. Participants from 80 countries discussed about integrated governance, financing, transparency and other cross cutting issues. The results can be found on the conference website:
    • The NDCP is regularly organising workshops (…), among others about Green Recovery.
    • The Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement (PATPA) comes together annually for the Annual Partnership Retreat (APR) to exchange views on current topics of the climate negotiations in the field of transparency as well as on the transition from the Framework for Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) to the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF). In 2020, the meeting took place virtually for the first time (…). The virtual format will be continued in 2021 for the APR in October 2021 (…).
    • In addition, the PATPA regularly organises regional group meetings (…).
    • The LEDS GP also hosted numerous digital events, among others on LTS at the Asia LEDS Forum 2021 (…). The forum focussed on knowledge sharing for methods, tools, and trainings to link NDC and LTS processes. A key takeaway from the event was that there is no “one size fits all” solution and that immediate adoption of national strategies and NDCs is critical to achieve long-term climate goals. Another digital event that took place was a webinar on LTS, co-hosted with Climate Works Australia. Experts from the Asia LEDS Partnership, Climate Works Australia, LEDS GP and 2050 Pathways Platform discussed opportunities and challenges for integrating NDCs, green growth strategies, and LTS on a national level (…).
    Selected publications: Climate Helpdesk/Consultation:
    • The Climate Helpdesk was launched in 2019. This service is a collaboration between LEDS GP and PATPA. It offers countries quick and unbureaucratic advice on NDCs and transparency. So far, the team has already worked on requests from 20 countries.
    • As part of the joint climate help desk of LEDS GP and PATPA, fast and short-term advice is offered to partner countries. For example, PATPA supported Nepal in revising its greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and Namibia in involving private sector actors in the collection of GHG stock data. In addition, a Climate Helpdesk action took place in Bolivia to review and update the greenhouse gas inventory in the energy sector.
    • The LEDS GP has also advised Thailand, for example, on how to deal with the consequences of the COVID pandemic in public transport and supported Mexico in the development of a "Circular Economy Tool".

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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 Energy, Mines, Water and Environment (MEMEE) - Morocco
  • Ministry of Environment (MINAM) - Peru

Implementing partner(s):
  • Adelphi Consult GmbH
  • Asociación Civil Sustentar para el Desarrollo Sostenible - Sustentar (Verband für Nachhaltige Entwicklung)
  • Energeia Climate
  • ICLEI South Asia Secretariat
  • International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Libelula - Peru
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) - U.S.A.
  • Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) Foundation
  • SouthSouthNorth
  • TNO Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research - Netherlands
  • Umweltbundesamt
  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - USA

BMU grant:
34.700.000,00 €

07/2016  till  12/2024



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