IKI Small Grants: Three million euros of start-up aid in 27 countries

The funding programme supports 38 small-scale projects that will launch their approaches to climate and biodiversity protection in the coming months. 

Good news for 38 small projects in 27 countries: The IKI Small Grants funding programme of the Federal Ministry for Environment (BMU) provides around three million euros for projects that contribute to climate and biodiversity protection worldwide.  

The projects will be launched in the coming months and aim to protect threatened ecosystems, expand renewable energies and raise environmental awareness.

Many projects empower vulnerable people and improve the situation of local women. In Nigeria, for example, one project has set itself the goal of training around 200 women in the recycling and upcycling of plastic waste and using them as multipliers in environmental education. A reforestation project in Lebanon supports the social integration of Syrian refugees. A project in India shows how small farmers finance solar-powered water pumps. In an interactive theatre play, villagers learn everything about climate change.

Nana Künkel, head of IKI Small Grants, praises the creativity of the ideas: "We are particularly pleased that we have received such a large number of creative and ambitious project proposals. Now it is important that these solutions for climate and biodiversity protection are implemented and have an impact. It is also important to emphasise that the small projects supported by IKI Small Grants contribute to achieving national climate protection targets".

The second call for project ideas will be launched on 1 December 2020.

IKI Small Grants specifically supports small organisations in developing and emerging countries. It is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

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