In October 2016, the "Support Project for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement" (SPA) has begun its work in Berlin. It acts at the interface between German climate policy and international cooperation with partners in developing countries. SPA assists the German Environment Ministry (BMUB) in the framework of three initiatives supporting the implementation of the "nationally determined contributions" (NDC) and the transparency requirements of the Paris Agreement:
Within these three components SPA supports cross-cutting capacity building and knowledge management for developing and implementing NDCs, Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS), Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), Climate Finance, and systems for Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) at the global, regional and national levels. The project operates bilaterally in Morocco and Peru and is designed to be extendable thematically and geographically. It is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
In 2015 BMUB established the NDC Support Cluster in the framework of its International Climate Initiative (IKI) to support developing countries in a timely and comprehensive manner with the implementation of their NDCs. Currently eight organizations support 27 partner countries in four thematic working areas Political and Institutional Frameworks, Sector Approaches, Financing, Data and Transparency.
Within the Cluster, SPA cooperates with world leading development organizations and institutions dealing with climate change to promote coordinated consultation and create synergies in partner countries. The project organizes joint international conferences on NDC implementation, facilitates easy-access to tools for NDC implementation in a centralized shared “toolbox”, establishes a joint help desk for flexible short-term support for NDC related requests from partner countries, and extends its Global Good Practice Database for global learning and exchange.
Moreover, in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and other international partners, BMUB has initiated the launch of a global NDC Partnership to foster international collaboration and coordination regarding NDC related support. SPA supports BMUB with coordinating its NDC related efforts and activities with government and institutional partners worldwide through the NDC Partnership.
Likewise, the successful International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV, co-founded by the German, South African and South Korean Environment Ministries, will continue to support negotiating and implementing the new transparency system. In this context, SPA facilitates the exchange of good practice on MRV, joint learning and political dialogue between climate negotiators, policymakers and practitioners through online formats, global dialogues and activities in its four regional groups: Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Sahara Africa, and francophone countries.
Through its activities SPA reaches a broad target group worldwide. The experience and lessons learned are fed into international debates on climate policy implementation and the UNFCCC negotiations process.
A further expansion of activities to other fields of cooperation (such as with the private sector) is envisioned.