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Vertically integrated climate protection (VICLIM)

As of: October 2020

Objective and activities

In many countries, climate policy makers still do not have sufficient capacities on national and subnational level and exemplary experiences in order to analyze cities’ mitigation potentials and to transform it systematically into effective climate efforts. The project thus aimed at strengthening capacities of climate relevant decision makers and institutions to include subnational mitigation potential into an ambitious national climate policy. To this end, framework conditions for enhancing subnational mitigation efforts in partner countries were improved, existing municipal approaches were supported/expanded, activities building on the experiences of the German National Climate Initiative (NKI) were developed, and international learning processes were initiated. Exchange/dialogue events and collaboration with established climate and urban relevant networks ensured the multiplication of knowledge and findings.

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed.
  • In Mexico, a toolbox for subnational contributions to the NDC has been made available since 2018. It includes state-of-the-art materials for local and federal climate policies and tools, training materials, good practices and informational videos.
  • Mexico's National Commission for Energy Efficiency (CONUEE) aims to promote the creation of local energy efficiency networks. The corresponding funding program of the National Climate Initiative of Germany (NKI) serves as an example. An orientation with recommendations was created. In May 2019, a national symposium took place with lectures by the German Institute for Urban Affairs and the German Energy Agency. The state of Jalisco has a new guide to local climate action plans that integrate mitigation and adaptation measures; this will be piloted in the coastal city of Puerto Vallarta in 2019; through webinars and a blog, other communities can follow the process.
  • In 2017, Costa Rica published the Municipal Contribution to the National Low Emission Strategy Program (Programa País Carbono Neutralidad Categoría Cantonal, PPCNC), which allows municipalities to be certified for their progress in climate change. 6 municipalities created greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories by the end of 2018, thus obtaining the first certificate within the PPCNC and identifying mitigation measures. The project has supported and now accompanies them in the development of their climate protection plans (second certificate) as well as feasibility studies for individual measures. Together with the IKI project Acción Clima II, a competition will be held among municipalities for further GHG inventories. 14 were selected from a total of nearly 50 applicants from 82 communities across the country.
  • In Indonesia, the project supports the National Planning Ministry (BAPPENAS) in its role of coordinating national and sub-national climate change planning. In bi-annual workshops, the 34 provinces review and update their mitigation plans, their integration in the 5-year plans, and record the impact of the measures within the PEP-Online monitoring platform. The project also supports BAPPENAS in implementing the new Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). Guidelines for the preparation of the new Low Emission Carbon Development Plans (PPRKs) have been prepared for various sectors; the project has specifically developed the guide for the waste sector in the provinces. In addition, a planning tool for municipal waste management was developed.
  • In September 2018, the Ministry of Environment of Georgia kicked off the preparation of the National Climate Action Plan; Municipalities are involved in the process right from the start and local representatives participate in the sectoral working groups. A charter for the planned national climate change committee is to institutionalize the representation of the municipalities.

Project data

Costa Rica, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa

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

Partner institution(s):
  • Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) - South Africa*
  • Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) - Costa Rica
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) - Mexico
  • Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture (MoEPA) - Georgia
  • State Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) - Indonesia
  • Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) - South Africa*
  • ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability e.V.

BMU grant:
3.200.000,00 €

08/2016  till  07/2020


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