Within the framework of its International Climate Initiative (IKI), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) is supporting the Moroccan Government in preparing for the global climate change conference in November 2016. As part of these preparations, a workshop on negotiation management will be conducted with members of the eleven-person steering committee responsible for organising the COP and the inter-ministerial negotiation team. The workshop will take place in the Moroccan capital of Rabat on April 26 and 27. Moroccan experts and German and international practitioners (environment and foreign ministers as well as experts from the UNFCCC secretariat) at the highest political levels will come together to discuss previous and future strategies at international climate negotiations. The workshop will focus on the exchange of knowledge and experience regarding the negotiation techniques of different countries. In addition, it will help prepare specific content for policy-makers in Morocco geared towards international conferences, in particular for the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin and the global climate change conference (COP 22) in Marrakech.
IKI has been supporting Morocco since 2010 with a range of projects. For example, it helped promote wider use of renewable energies by providing subsidised loans to construct the solar thermal power plants Noor I and Noor III at the Ouarzazate solar complex, and build up the required know-how and skills in the area of climate-friendly solar technologies (with a focus on CSP technologies) including the preparation of energy scenarios. IKI is also helping set up a national competence centre for climate change mitigation and adaptation to support the Moroccan environment ministry in implementing the national climate strategy. The centre provides direct advice for the logistical planning of the global climate change conference, and supports Morocco in expanding South-South cooperation.