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The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) to launch the International Climate Initiative (ICI) in 2008. It strengthens Germany’s bilateral cooperation with developing, newly industrialising and transition countries in the field of climate protection and supports the ongoing negotiation process for a comprehensive global climate agreement.

The International Climate Initiative supports climate protection projects in developing, newly industrialising and transition countries (“partner countries”) and complements the Federal Government’s existing international, multi- and bilateral cooperation. The projects are geared towards the needs of the partner countries and are intended to support them in climate protection, especially reducing greenhouse gases, improving adaptability to the consequences of climate change and conserving and sustainably using climate-relevant areas which merit protection.
Support can be granted for both investment projects and activities in the fields of technology transfer, policy advice, research cooperation, capacity development and training and elaboration of studies and strategies. Support for partner countries under the International Climate Initiative in 2010 and 2011 focuses on the following areas:
(a) Area I: Climate-friendly economy
In this area, the aim is to support partner countries in developing an economic structure that avoids greenhouse gas emissions as far as possible.
(b) Area II: Adaptation to climate change
Projects in this area are aimed at increasing adaptation capacities in countries and regions which are highly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change.
(c) Area III: Preservation and sustainable use of natural carbon sinks / REDD
Forests in particular, but also other ecosystem types such as bogs, are valuable carbon stores, thus playing an important role in greenhouse gas mitigation. With area III, the ICI is creating synergies between the international processes under the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), especially the UNFCCC’s REDD-plus mechanism (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks), and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), especially its programmes of work on protected areas and on forests. To be eligible for funding, projects should in particular be designed with a long-term perspective, consider social issues and avoid carbon leakage.
The selection procedure of project outlines 2010/2011 has started. The deadline for submission of projects with a planned starting date in the second half of 2010 is April 15. The deadline for submission of projects with a planned starting date in the first half of 2011 is December 31.
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