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

As of: September 2020

Objective and activities

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 IKI NDC Support Cluster, the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP), the Transparency Partnership (PATPA) 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):

  • Since February 2019 the LEDS GP secretariat is located at SPA. Through SPA, the LEDS GP Secretariat coordinates the work of its regional and thematic groups.

NDC Partnership (NDCP):

  • In 16so-called NDCP "Partnership Plans", SPA has ensured that BMU-financed projects are involved in the NDCP processes and that their contributions are made visible.
  • Since July 2019 the adaptation work of SPA is mainstreamed into the supported initiatives. This is oriented on international discussions to perceive mitigation and adaptation on climate change as strongly connected for climate risk continuum management.
  • The new Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP) of the NDCP offers short-term technical assistance to partner countries for their 2020 NDC revision to enable more ambitious climate targets. In total, 65 countries have notified their support needs. SPA supports seven countries in CAEP in the revision of their NDCs: Pakistan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Georgia, Uganda, Namibia, and Costa Rica. It also supports the coordination of CAEP activities together with other GIZ IKI projects as well as the NDC Support Programme of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the IMPACT Project of Climate Analytics.
  • Together with the new project of the Ministry of Environment Bioframe, SPA is working on a global framework of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) to advance the mutual mainstreaming of climate and biodiversity issues. SPA can build on practical mainstreaming experience in the field of sustainable land management and climate adaptation and mitigation.
  • Ausgewählte Veranstaltungen:

    • The Global NDC Conference 2019 in Berlin aimed to empower policy-makers and practitioners to accelerate transformative change through NDC implementation to achieve the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement. The conference was organised as a contribution to the NDC partnership by SPA in cooperation with other support organizations, initiatives (including PATPA, NDC Cluster) and other GIZ projects. From 12-14 June, 390 participants from 80 countries discussed technical issues of integrated governance, financing and transparency as well as various cross-cutting issues. Participants included representatives of national and sub-national governments from various ministries (environment, finance, sectors, etc.), think tanks, the private sector, financial institutions, NGOs (especially youth organisations) as well as multilateral and bilateral organisations. The results are available on the Global Conference website (

    NDC Cluster:

    • The four thematic working groups: Governance, sector approaches, financing and transparency were discussing in 2018 within a workshop series (…) on challenges and promising approaches in NDC implementation. The cluster uses the design thinking method successfully applied in the workshops also at other events - for example at the workshop for the promotion of national adaptation planning and implementation (…), October 2018 in Bangkok.

    Transparency Partnership (PATPA):

    • Several webinars for example on the topics of scenario development for NDC updates and finance instruments.

    Annual Partnership Retreats (APR):

    • In October 2019, the 8th APR took place in Beirut, where relevant experiences on transparency and the transition from the current framework for Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) to the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF) will be exchanged.

    Asia-Pacific Regional Group:

    • The 5th workshop in the region on NDC progress measurement and reporting under the ETF was held in Indonesia in April 2019.

    Anglophone African Regional Group:

    • The 8th Workshop took place in May 2019 in in Kampala, Uganda tackling the topic “Tracking progress on adaptation to climate change under the Enhanced Transparency Framework" (

    Cluster Francophone (…):

    • Here the 9th Workshop took place in February 2019 in Senegal on Inventories in the Waste and Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Sector and on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2006 Software.

    Lusophone Group (…):

    • Two workshops on MRV & transparency were held in Portugal (June 2017) and Brazil (October 2018).

    Spanishspeaking Regional Group Latinamerica/Carribean (…):

    • The 6th workshop took place in July 2019 in Cartagena (Colombia) on M&E of adaptation in the context of the ETF.

    Partnership meetings:

    • The 25th partnership meeting took place in December 2019 took place in Madrid in the context of COP 25 to give members and partner organisations an update on activities and to have an exchange of experiences on the latest state of negotiations.

    LEDS Global Partnership (LEDS GP):

    • December 2019: As part of the "Renewable Energy for Latin America and the Caribbean" (RELAC) initiative with support of the LEDS GP, ten countries in the region have committed themselves to achieving the target of 70% renewable energies by 2030.
    • The Sustainable Transport Dialogue took place in Berlin on 11 June 2019. This event brought together representatives from countries of the global South with implementation partners working on strategies and measures for sustainable mobility.
    • The Africa Minigrids Community of Practice took place from 10-11 June 2019 in Berlin. During the meeting with representatives from ten African countries, business models and the efficient use of minigrids were discussed.

    Selected Publications:

    • Numerous reports and studies on adaptation and transparency (to be found at…;…;…;…).
    • Webinar series on each new case study in 2019, based on the Good Practice Database (…) that was published.12/2018: Launch of the joint Good Practice Database (…) with the NDC Partnership, LEDS-GP and UNDP in Katowice (COP24)
    • Several webinar series on climate tracking and transparency (… ), NDC accounting rules (2017), transparency and NDC, monitoring and evaluation of adaptation.
    • 06/2019: Publication: “Next steps under the Paris Agreement and the Katowice Climate Package” (…). Climate Helpdesk/Advisory:

      • The Climate Helpdesk was launched in 2019. This service is a joint collaboration of the LEDS GP, PATPA and NDC Cluster and offers countries free and fast advice on LEDS, NDC and transparency. Inquiries from Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa were processed during the reporting period.
      • In June 2019 a pilot activity was launched within the framework of the francophone PATPA regional group, in which partner countries can receive technical advice using digital formats.

Project data


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

Partner institution(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

BMU grant:
23.550.000,00 €

07/2016  till  06/2021



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