Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam: the selection procedure has reached the semi-finals

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The Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) plans to launch six new projects - two in each of the IKI partner countries Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The BMU and the partner countries had announced one idea competition for each country during the three country-specific selection procedures. The first phase of these idea competitions has now been completed. The six new projects funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) are intended to support the partner countries in implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions, and national biodiversity strategies as well as the Sustainable Development Goals defined by the 2030 Agenda. A total of 35 project outlines were submitted for all three countries.

The first stage of the IKI country calls is always designed as an idea competition. Organisations had the opportunity to submit project outlines for one country until mid-April. Now, the selection procedure has reached the semi-finals, which means that the BMU will select the most promising ideas for the next stage of the selection procedure in consultation with the partner countries. Then, the selection procedure will reach the finals in the fourth quarter of 2020. During this phase, the selected organisations will develop detailed project proposals based on their outlines. Then, the BMU and the partner countries will choose from these proposals up to two winning projects per IKI partner country for implementation in Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Topics ranging from sustainable land use to the transformation of energy systems

The priorities of the planned support programmes for Indonesia are sustainable land use, biodiversity, adaptation to the impacts of climate change, improving natural carbon sinks, and the transformation of energy systems.

In Thailand, the ideas submitted are intended to contribute to adaptation to the impacts of climate change (including in cities), and to a green transformation of energy systems.

The country call in Vietnam is looking for project proposals on the topics of adaptation to the impacts of climate change through ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA), the implementation of strategies for sustainable growth, and the transformation of the energy sector.

What is the funding volume of the projects, and who could apply?

The total budget available for each of the three selection procedures is up to 30 million euros. The IKI Secretariat supports the BMU in the coordination and implementation of the idea competition and the procedures. The projects should be implemented within five to seven years by a consortium consisting of at least two organisations. It must also be ensured that national organisations are involved to a large extent in the implementation of the projects.

Eligible applicants included non-governmental organisations, commercial enterprises, universities, and research institutions from Germany and abroad, implementing organisations from Germany, institutions from the partner countries, and multilateral organisations and institutions, such as development banks and United Nations organisations and programmes. The governments of the countries themselves cannot apply for project funds.

Further information on the country-specific selection procedures can be found here.