09.05.2018

Conference celebrates 10 years of the International Climate Initiative (IKI)

Panel discussion on 10 years IKI in the wider international context with (from left to right) Yamil Bonduki (UNDP), Vera Scholz (GIZ), Ambassador Seyni Nafo (AREI), Rosa Morales (Ministry of Environment of Peru), Ned Helme (CEPP), Dr Musonda Mumba (UN Environment) and Christoph Heinrich (WWF); Photo: Kornelia Danetzki/BMU

Panel discussion on 10 years IKI in the wider international context with (from left to right) Yamil Bonduki (UNDP), Vera Scholz (GIZ), Ambassador Seyni Nafo (AREI), Rosa Morales (Ministry of Environment of Peru), Ned Helme (CEPP), Dr Musonda Mumba (UN Environment) and Christoph Heinrich (WWF); Photo: Kornelia Danetzki/BMU

On 5 May, around 220 guests gathered in Bonn to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

At the invitation of Norbert Gorißen (Division KI II 7) and Dr Almuth Ostermeyer-Schlöder (Division N I 4), guests were attending a one-day conference to look back over 10 successful years of work carried out in the IKI’s projects. They also discussed challenges and solutions in such areas as climate and forest protection, adaptation to climate change, and conservation of biological diversity over the coming years.

Happy birthday IKI! (from left to right) State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth (BMU), Vera Scholz (GIZ), Ned Helme (CEPP), Norbert Gorißen (BMU) and Dr. Anne Larigauderie (IPBES); Photo: Kornelia Danetzki/BMU

In his opening speech, BMU State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth stressed that ‘in just a decade, the IKI has grown tremendously not just in size but also in content and scope. The sheer diversity of actors, countries, project types and ideas reflected in the portfolio never fails to impress me – even after 10 years.’ Between 2008 and the end of 2017, around 600 projects were launched in over 150 developing countries and emerging economies with a total volume of EUR 2.7 billion.

Speaking via video link, Laurence Tubiana, CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), paid tribute to the important role the IKI has played in international negotiations: ‘You see the impact of IKI in the international negotiations. […] IKI was there in many cases […] to prepare national determined contributions, to build adaptation plans, to show that mitigation and adaptation are really linked together. IKI was there to demonstrate the possibility of additional funding, innovative finance – in a very transparent way.’ Dr Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), also expressed her gratitude for the IKI’s support in conserving biodiversity. She stressed that the IKI links climate and biodiversity rather than regarding them as separate issues.

In an interview with the moderators, Vera Scholz (GIZ) and Ned Helme (CEPP), Norbert Gorißen stressed that the IKI wants to continue to respond rapidly and flexibly to the needs of partner countries, also with the increase in volume of integrated programmes. This approach was also emphasised in the many thematic sessions and the two panel discussions, along with calls to focus more on the local level and to connect climate and biodiversity measures even stronger with national development plans. Only by following such an approach, could ambitious global targets be achieved - achieving simultaneous rapid development in relation to climate change ambitions and wide-ranging impact in relation to sustainability, as was stressed during the panel sessions.

The issues tackled during the 10 sessions across the day, which reflected case studies in individual aspects of the IKI’s broad portfolio, ranged from nationally determined contributions (NDCs) in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), ecosystem-based adaption (EbA) and forest landscape restoration (FLR) to urban development, mainstreaming of biodiversity and transformation of the finance sector.

In their closing speeches, the heads of BMU’s European and International Policy Directorate, Dr Eva Kracht, and its Nature Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources Directorate-General, Dr Elsa Nickel, congratulated the IKI on its achievements. They emphasised that the IKI has been, and will continue to be, a key element of German financing for climate change and financing pledges as part of biodiversity pledges.

Participants of the 10 Years IKI Conference; Photo: Kornelia Danetzki/BMU

Link to conference website presenting programme, factsheets and films on 10 years IKI

Conference Programm (PDF | 937KB)