Call for project outlines for climate action and biodiversity conservation in Peru

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The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has published a country call for two bilateral projects with Peru funded under the International Climate Initiative (IKI). This country call continues the long-standing close cooperation on climate protection and biodiversity conservation between the two countries.

The selection procedure for country specific project outlines in Peru is open for submission from 15 December 2020 and outline submissions are accepted until 7 April 2021. Two ambitious projects with a total funding volume of up to 30 million euros will be available. The first phase of the selection procedure is designed as an open competition of ideas, inviting interested implementing organisations to submit innovative project outlines. The BMU and the Peruvian government will jointly evaluate the project outlines and select a shortlist of candidate projects. The shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit a detailed project proposal.

Full details of the country specific selection procedure can be found here. 

Funding priorities

Accelerating and scaling up the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

As part of its roadmap for achieving its NDC, Peru identified 62 mitigation measures and 92 adaptation measures in 2018. The objective of the first funding priority is to support Peru in further developing these measures in the sectors of water management, water supply and waste water management, as well as transport and energy, and to institutionalise and implement them at the regional and local level. This should be achieved by combining individual measures into integrated packages of measures that address both adaptation and mitigation.

Strengthening biodiversity conservation and local communities through nature based solutions 

The second funding priority should support Peru’s integrated implementation of the three Rio Conventions on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Desertification through nature-based solutions (NBS). The objective is to strengthen the resilience of the rural population with sustainable land and biodiversity management, while at the same time contributing to the conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems. Another focus is the promotion of biodiversity-friendly products and enterprises.

Background: climate and biodiversity policy in Peru 

Peru's economic growth is largely based on the exploitation of its natural and mineral resources leading to a loss of biodiversity and an exponential increase in climate-damaging emissions. 

The effects of climate change, deforestation, slash-and-burn agriculture and illegal mining are already threatening the economic and social well-being of the people of Peru. Rising temperatures and droughts threaten food security and water supply. Extreme weather events such as El Niño are becoming more frequent and more severe, affecting especially the rural and poor population.

In the face of these challenges, Peru has begun to follow an inclusive and sustainable development path. Climate change and biodiversity are closely linked to human well-being and prosperity. Integrated approaches are therefore required. The institutional and legal framework for climate and biodiversity policy in Peru is ambitious and unique: in both areas, the country takes a holistic, participatory, and cross-sectoral approach that seeks to involve all levels of government. 

Following these political processes, the IKI funding program will help to further develop and implement the political goals.