IKI continues its support for national climate change mitigation activities by partner countries

Stakeholders at a NAMA workshop

Stakeholders at NAMA workshops in Indonesia. picture: ECN

The German Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) is expanding its support for developing countries and emerging economies to achieve their voluntary commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and thereby increase their contribution to climate change mitigation. It is financing the continuation of a successful climate change mitigation project with an additional EUR 2.5 million. Starting with five partner countries in 2012, the project will now support seven partner countries on four continents in their fight against climate change.

An International Climate Initiative (IKI) project will be supporting Ethiopia, Georgia, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru, Thailand and Tunisia until the end of 2015 in the development and implementation of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs). Each country is selecting a sector in which greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced; in Tunisia, for example, the focus is on increased energy efficiency in the building sector. All participating actors will then work together to develop a NAMA proposal that is as detailed as possible, describing the necessary changes within the selected sector and the resources that will be required. The project will also advise the partner governments on how to improve their institutional structures and planning processes. In addition, the project is looking into ways to finance the actions and is disseminating this knowledge. One positive side effect is that the NAMAs also help to achieve other development objectives. A modern and low-emission public transport system, for example, is not only good for the climate, but also benefits the people that use it. This is precisely what makes NAMAs so attractive as an instrument for developing and emerging economies.

The German consulting agency Ecofys has been commissioned by the BMUB to implement the project. The Ministry has already been cooperating through IKI with all of the partner countries for a number of years, and supports a variety of activities aimed at climate change mitigation and adaptation based on the needs of each country.