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

As of: January 2020

Objective and activities

The project strengthens several global initiatives and networks, (co-)founded or financially supported by BMU, that support partner countries to successfully implement their climate policy according to the Paris Agreement, reduce greenhouse gases, increase their adaptive capacity, and communicate this in a transparent manner: IKI NDC Support Cluster, Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP), Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement (PATPA), and NDC Partnership (NDCP). It advises partner countries technically on the implementation and enhancement of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and implementation of the Enhanced Transparency Framework, creates platforms for political dialogue and mutual learning across countries, develops their capacities, and disseminates climate policy knowledge and cases studies for an efficient, effective, and tailor-made climate policy. In Morocco and Peru, activities regarding NDC implementation ended in 2018.

Predecessor project(s)
Supporting International Mitigation and MRV Activities (IMMA)

State of implementation/results

  • Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP): Since June 2018, expansion of the cooperation with the LEDS-GP, in particular within the framework of the IKI Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Support Cluster. Planned activities include: up to six regional trainings, short-term advisory support in at least four countries, development of knowledge management and communication resources.
  • NDC Partnership (NDCP): In ten so-called "Partnership Plans" of the NDCP, SPA has ensured that BMU-financed projects are involved in the NDCP processes and that their contributions are made visible.
  • SPA successfully completed its support for NDC implementation in Peru and Morocco in 2018. In Morocco, SPA, together with other projects in the country, contributed to conduct a climate policy needs and constraints analysis and accompanied the NDCP processes to develop a plan for NDC implementation. In Peru, SPA supported the environmental ministry in coordinating with sector ministries and in developing a priority action plan for NDC implementation (Programación Tentativa).
  • Climate change adaptation: This topic can be found horizontally in the support of the NDCP, the NDC Cluster and Partnership on Transparency in the Paris Agreement (Transparency Partnership, PATPA). Together with adelphi, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the project developed several innovative and interdisciplinary knowledge products on current adaptation related issues and introducing them to international debates and forums. In total, more than 40 knowledge products are in progress or have already been completed.
  • Selected events:

    • Global NDC Conference 2019: 12-14 June 2019 in Berlin with 390 participants, together with partners United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), NDC-P, GIZ-NDC Assist, LEDS-GP, Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT), PATPA and NDC Cluster ( The previous conference (…) took place in 2017.

    • In 2018, 532 participants took part in 15 events organised by SPA together with various partners.

    • NDC Cluster: In 2018, the four thematic working groups: Governance, Sector Approaches, Financing and Transparency exchanged views on challenges and promising approaches on NDC implementation within a series of workshops (…). The Cluster will also use the already successfully applied Design Thinking method at other events, such as the Workshop on the Promotion of National Adaptation Planning and Implementation (…), in October 2018 in Bangkok.

  • Transparency Partnership:

    • Asia-Pacific Regional Group: Two Workshops (…), most recently on measurement, reporting, verification (MRV) in the waste, transport and agriculture, forestry and other land use sectors, as well as on the Enhanced Transparency Framework (ETF).

    • Anglophone Africa Regional Group: The 7th workshop (…) on MRV capacity development and on the ETF took place in Zimbabwe, the 6th workshop on NDC implementation took place 2017 in Ghana.

    • Francophone Cluster (…): Hosted the 7th workshop (2017, Italy) on financing climate protection measures and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventories, the 8th (2018, Cameroon) on monitoring & evaluation of adaptation and the 9th (2019, Senegal) on inventories in the waste and Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector, as well as on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2006 software.

    • Spanish-speaking regional group Latin America/Caribbean (…): Two workshops in Costa Rica (2017) and Buenos Aires (2018). It also participated in the 7th LEDS LAC Regional Workshop in Santiago de Chile (2018).

  • Selected publications:

    • Several webinar series, e.g. on „Climate tracking and transparency“ (… ), on NDC accounting rules (2017), transparency and NDC, monitoring and evaluation of adaptation.

  • 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

    07/2016 till 06/2021