Vertically integrated climate protection (VICLIM) - 16_I_243 - 985 - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)

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Vertically integrated climate protection (VICLIM)

As of: August 2019

Objective and activities

In many countries climate policy makers 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 aims at strengthening capacities of climate relevant decision makers and institutions to include subnational mitigation potential into an ambitious national climate policy. To this end, a) framework conditions for enhancing subnational mitigation efforts in partner countries will be improved, b) existing municipal approaches will be supported/expanded, c) activities building on the experiences of the German National Climate Initiative (NKI) will be developed, and d) international learning processes initiated. Exchange/dialogue events and collaboration with established climate and urban relevant networks ensure the multiplication of knowledge and findings.

State of implementation/results

  • A working paper titled "enabling subnational climate action through multi-level governance" was presented and discussed at COP23.
  • Supported by this project, Mexican representatives from the Environmental Ministry of the Federal State of Jalisco have, together with their colleagues from the municipal level from Jalisco, developed a set of funding and quality criteria for climate projects on municipal level. The criteria can support the Federal State's budgetary planning when setting up climate measures; furthermore, the criteria may be used by the municipal level for planning of climate action and for applying for climate funding.
  • In Mexico, the NKI was presented in 2018 to the head of the climate change policy department at the Ministry of the Environment; in the state of Jalisco, the NKI was discussed and preferences were worked out for items for grant funding.
  • The project in Mexico, together with the State of Jalisco, also supports the development, rollout and implementation of a municipal guide for mitigation and adaptation activities in the State.
  • In Costa Rica, in the second semester of 2017, the government published the community Contribution program to the National Low Emission Strategy (Programa País Carbono Neutralidad Categonal Cantonal, PPCNC). It systematically describes the role and obligations of local authorities in meeting the national low-emission strategy.
  • Indonesia launched the new online platform of the national "PEP" system in October 2017. PEP stands for monitoring, evaluation and reporting. PEP online captures the progress and impact of each national and subnational mitigation plan (RAN-or RAD-GRKs) activities. It forms a central subsystem of the national MRV concept.
  • In Indonesia, guidance on the preparation of new Low Emission Development Plans (PPRKs) has also been drawn up for a variety of sectors; the project has specifically co-developed the guide for the waste sector in the provinces.
  • In Georgia, the NKI instruments and initial possibilities for imitation were discussed in 2018.
  • In September 2018, the Ministry of the Environment of Georgia gave the kick-off to the creation of the national climate action plan and, from the outset, involved municipalities in the process. They were able to get involved in the first "Open Dialogue on National Climate Change Policy Development and Initiation of NDC Process." The charter for the "Climate Change Committee," which is tasked with coordinating the planning of the plan, also explicitly provides for a representation of the cities and 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 Environment and Natural Resources Protection - Georgia, State Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) - Indonesia
  • Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) - South Africa,ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability e.V.,Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) - Costa Rica,Ministry of Environment and Forestry - Indonesia,Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) - Mexico,Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection - Georgia

BMU grant:
€ 3,200,000

08/2016 till 07/2020