Climate change and development

Together against climate change

Germany is a pioneer in the field of international climate policy. The work done by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) plays a crucial part in these efforts, because climate change and development are inextricably linked. With the special feature on the COP 23, the BMZ informs you about climate change from a development cooperation perspective. more

Climate change and development

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supports the particularly vulnerable and poor countries in adapting to the consequences of climate change. The least developed countries are often affected by the effects of global warming. For this reason, the BMZ advises and supports its partner countries in efficient regulation, planning and costing at national, regional and local level. more


The Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Environment Ministry (BMUB) worked with the Moroccan government and the World Resources Institute to establish a global NDC Partnership that aims to support developing countries in the implementation of their nationally determined contributions (NDCs). The partnership helps developing countries gain access to technical support and financing and promotes knowledge management. In this way, the partnership links climate and development goals. more

Climate finance

When Germany announced its plan to double its budget for climate action and adaptation measures by 2020, the country set a standard for international climate financing. Germany is making a key contribution with mobilisation of public funds and private investments. The aim is to enable developing countries and emerging economies to make the transition to low-carbon, sustainable and climate-proof development. more

Climate risk management

Damages due to climate phenomena have quadrupled between 1992 and 2014. Developing countries and emerging economies have been most severely affected. Germany is involved in development cooperation initiatives around the world to ensure early risk identification and emergency preparedness. In 2015, the G7 countries established the InsuResilience initiative, proposed by the German government. The initiative will provide climate risk insurance to an additional 400 million people in poor and vulnerable countries. more

Energy and climate

The expansion of sustainable energy is one focus of German development cooperation. Germany is strongly involved at both bilateral and multilateral levels and primarily promotes the expansion of renewable energy and the required energy transmission and distribution capacities, increased energy efficiency and access to sustainable energy supplies. As an example, Germany is involved in the African-headed Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), which aims to generate an additional 10 gigawatts of renewable energy in Africa by 2020. more

Forest and climate

Forest conservation and sustainable forest use are fundamental for international climate action. The Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Developmentā€™s (BMZ) REDD+ forest conservation initiative supports local governments and people in developing countries in reducing deforestation, using forests sustainably and achieving verifiable emission reduction. more

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