IKI networking event at the CBD COP15

 BMUV State Secretary Stefan Tido is standing at a desk
BMUV State Secretary Stefan Tidow opens the IKI Network Evening.

The second part of the United Nations Biodiversity Conference of Parties (CBD COP15) is currently taking place in Montreal, Canada, under the Chinese presidency, where a new global framework for biodiversity is to be adopted. The International Climate Initiative (IKI) and many IKI projects are also represented.

People sitting at several tables in a conference room
At the IKI networking evening, participants had the opportunity to make new connections.

To promote mutual acquaintance and the exchange of experiences between the projects, the IKI invited its implementing organisations to a networking evening on 13 December 2022. Around 55 people attended the event from  large organisations such as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) or the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and small organisations such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature from Bhutan or the Forest Peoples Programme.

Sharing experiences and collecting ideas

State Secretary Stefan Tidow from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), gave an opening statement highlighting on the importance of the ongoing negotiations and meetings and an overview of the current IKI Calls. This was followed by group work discussion on the following themes: participation and whole-of-society approach, raising ambition and commitment and sustainability of project results.

Experiences were shared, ideas were collected and suggestions were made on how the IKI and its projects can implement these approaches and goals. For example, the importance of platforms at different levels and partnerships with indigenous peoples and local communities to engage all relevant stakeholders was highlighted. A suggestion was also brought forth to focus more IKI funding and projects on previously neglected ecosystems and issues.

Making new connections

In small groups, experiences were exchanged, ideas were collected and suggestions were developed on how IKI projects and the IKI can implement new approaches and goals.

During the networking dinner that followed the group work, participants had the opportunity to continue conversations and make new connections. This created a platform where people from different backgrounds, organizations and regions networked.

The IKI team would like to thank all participants for their valuable contributions which are vital for further development of the IKI.

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