Call for project outlines on sustainable recovery

Fotos: Deutsche Welle / Inga Wagner / Nina Wettern

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) has launched a new funding round of the thematic selection procedure under International Climate Initiative (IKI). The first phase of this two-stage selection procedure is designed as a competition for entrants worldwide, with ideas about projects for climate action and biodiversity conservation in developing and countries in transition.

"Creating Green Societies in Challenging Times"

Developing and countries in transition have been especially hard hit by the social and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The slogan for the new funding round is therefore ‘Creating Green Societies in Challenging Times’, which reflects that the funding is to support  these countries handle the crisis. It is also increasingly clear the contribution made to sustainable economic recovery through climate action, adaptation to climate change and biodiversity conservation.

The BMU is providing funds amounting to EUR 240 million for this round. Thirteen funding priorities have been defined, which range from climate-compatible economic development, climate action in maritime traffic to expanding climate-conscious and biodiversity-friendly land use and establishing an educational landscape for climate action.

Each project may apply for funding between EUR 5 million and EUR 30 million. For the first time, two thematic priorities will be opened up with a funding volume of up to 30 million euros, which can be implemented exclusively through a fiduciary management for a specific purpose.

Organisations entitled to apply for funding include non-governmental organisations, commercial enterprises, governmental implementing agencies, universities, research institutions from Germany and abroad as well as international intergovernmental organisations such as development banks or United Nations organisations and programmes.

Project outlines (in English) can be submitted until 10 March 2021 (23:59 CET) via the IKI online platform (open at 30 November 2020).

For further information about the thematic selection procedure, please see here.

Goals and standards for IKI funding programmes

International Climate Initiative is one of the most important instruments utilised by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) to support international climate action and biodiversity protection.

IKI projects promote innovative solutions while developing new political, economic and regulatory approaches as well as technological options and partnership models. Solution approaches must be transferable and effective beyond the bounds of the project.

One important aspect considered when approving IKI-funded projects is the upholding of human rights as well as high environmental and social standards. Since 2017, IKI has therefore applied a systematic and binding approach known as IKI safeguards, which all IKI-funded organisations must agree upon to plan and implement an IKI-project

Learn more about the work of IKI.