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As of: May 2016

Mexican-German Climate Change Alliance

Objective and activities

The project supports Mexico in meeting its ambitious climate change targets, which also helps it remain closely involved with the international climate negotiation processes. It offers advice on process and content relating to the development and implementation of selected measures set out in Mexico’s Climate Change Law, climate action programme and climate change programme (PECC). The project advises on ways of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change, and actively involves Mexico’s states and its private sector in developing, implementing and monitoring climate activities. Technical and policy forums are jointly organised to strengthen the bilateral climate dialogue and enable key stakeholders in federal, state and local government to network and share experience with representatives of umbrella associations, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and the private business.

State of implementation/results

  • Independent review of the government‘s climate change programme (PECC I) and identification of the most effective measures in the field of mitigation and adaptation as well as any methodological weaknesses and uncertainties. This created an important basis on which to develop the successor programme PECC II, which was published in May 2014.
  • Integration of innovative approaches and instruments on mitigation, adaptation and strategy process into Mexican climate change policy, by developing, for example, a tool for identifying and prioritising activities to promote adaptation to climate change. The tool is now an established element of the National Climate Change Strategy (ENCC). (Video, external, Spanish)
  • Advising the Mexican Government on selecting, devising and drafting proposals for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). In conjunction with Mexican partners, four NAMAs were prepared for piloting or implementation. Practical support to get the NAMAs ready for implementation is now being provided within the NAMA programme that GIZ is carrying out on behalf of BMUB.
  • Carrying out two major bilateral policy dialogue forums and several technical forums on climate-related subjects (e.g. setting up low-emission zones in towns and cities, opportunities for an emissions trading scheme in Mexico, measuring and reporting on emissions at national level).
  • Promoting dialogue at state level. For example, in 2013 the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the Mexican state of Aguascalientes concluded an agreement to intensify cooperation in the fields of climate change action, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • Production of a documentary film in cooperation with a Mexican television channel on the work of the Climate Change Alliance and the role of good practice examples in leading the way on climate action in the two countries (video, external, German-Spanish with subtitles)
  • Developing a bilingual (German/Spanish) blog in order to expand the dialogue between the project partners and interested members of the public in the two countries (
  • Introducing a system on monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) in the Mexican state of Veracruz (, being the first of its kind and now mandatorily introduced for all sectors by the environment minister.
  • Organizing three regional workshops (, contributing to the implementation of national climate targets on federal-level.
  • Participating in establishing an internal coordination process for the Mexican Ministry of Environment in connection with the newly introduced registry for GHG emissions (
  • The method of prioritization for adaptation measures has been developed by the climate department of SEMARNAT and the Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECCI) and was officially published in the „Leitlinien zu Mindestanforderungen für die Erarbeitung bundesstaatlicher Klimaprogramme“ at the end of 2015. The method`s second version was launched in February 2016 (
  • Organizing the first National Adaptation Forum in Mexico (18.-20.04.2016), in order to identify possible fields of action on how to strengthen the country’s resilience to the effects of climate change (Website).
  • In Cuernavaca, recommendations on climate protection by environmental zones were developed with Mexican partners and discussed on ministerial level (3.-11.11.2015) (

The aforementioned information appears on the blog of the German-Mexican Climate Alliance (

    Project data


    Partner institution:

    Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) Mexico;
    National Institut of Ecology (INECC)

    Implementing organisation:

    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

    BMUB grant:
    € 7,533,335.26

    12/2010 till 09/2017


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