The ICI at the Climate Change Conference in Doha

As in previous years, the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) took part in the climate conference (COP18/CMP8) in Doha, Qatar. The latest information materials about the ICI and the German fast start commitment were available at the German information booth.

BMU once more took the opportunity to bring ICI projects together to share information, and to put the practical experience acquired from the projects to use in the negotiation process. Accordingly, on 1 December 2012 it held a workshop entitled 'Building Blocks of a Global Mitigation Architecture'. Invited were ICI projects that work with low emission development strategies (LEDS), nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) or monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) systems.

For its minister side event 'Pathways to Sustainable Energy Systems: Opportunities and Challenges', BMU focussed on Germany’s energy revolution as an example of linking climate protection with economic growth. In addition, representatives from China and South Africa presented the strategic objectives and focal points of their climate and energy policies. There were discussions on common areas, opportunities and challenges as well as possibilities for cooperation. The ICI was also presented in this context.

Title: Pathways to Sustainable Energy Systems: Opportunities and Challenges
Time: Thursday, 6 December 2012, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Side Event Room 1

How the ICI supports the negotiation process

ICI projects support the negotiation process in a range of ways. They demonstrate how decisions reached during climate change negotiations can be implemented practically and they guide the partners in this process. For example, the projects support the partner countries in developing and implementing nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) as well as taking the first steps toward ecosystem-based adaptation or reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).

A number of the projects directly prepare the partners for issues relevant to the climate negotiations. They strengthen the partner states in a targeted fashion through negotiation training, networking activities, scientific analysis as a basis for decision-making, as well as contributions to the development of national or regional positions.

The ICI itself provides an example of how climate protection can be financed and is a key component of the German fast start commitment.