Under the 'Conserving natural carbon sinks/REDD+' funding area, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) supports partner countries in the practical implementation of the international mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+).
In this respect, the IKI focuses on projects that support the implementation of national REDD+ strategies. Synergies between forest protection and conservation of biological diversity play an important role here along with emissions reductions and adaptation to the impacts of climate change. Knowledge gained through IKI projects serves as an impetus for international policy discussions and negotiations, particularly within the context of the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the REDD+ Partnership. Experience collected through IKI projects also feeds into multilateral REDD+ initiatives such as the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is partially financed by Germany.
In addition to its focus on REDD+, the IKI finances activities aimed at emissions reductions and carbon sequestration in other ecosystems not covered by the REDD+ mechanism, for example marshes, boreal forests and savannahs.
From 2008 to 2016, a total of 105 projects with a funding volume of EUR 338 million were approved in the area of REDD+.