International climate Initiative: Launch of thematic call for project ideas for global climate action and biodiversity conservation

Berlin, March 26, 2019

The Federal Ministry for the Environment Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has launched a new call for project ideas on ambitious climate and biodiversity conservation in developing countries and emerging economies. The ministry is seeking ideas for projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote adaptation to climate change or support biological diversity. The call is funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and is coordinated and implemented by the ZUG.

The selection procedure aims to find project ideas for 12 thematic areas, including the phase-out of coal, innovative financing mechanisms, the efficient use of renewable energies and the conservation of biological diversity. The IKI has earmarked 240 million euros in funding for the selected projects. Depending on the idea, projects can each receive funding of 5 to 20 million euros. To be eligible, interested organisations must form larger alliances and submit joint project outlines. Projects should have a maximum duration of eight years.

The IKI selection procedure for these themes are in two stages:

For the current stage of the selection procedure, programme outlines in English can be submitted as of today until 18 July 2019 (midnight CEST) via the IKI online platform. Eligible applicants include NGOs, business enterprises, federal implementing agencies, universities, higher education and research institutes in Germany and abroad, and international and multilateral organisations such as development banks and United Nations institutions.

The main topics and funding priorities of the competition include:

  • Long -Term Strategies as a means for sustainable decarbonisation, resilience and regional cooperation;
  • Financing NDC implementation;
  • Vertical integration for effective climate protection;
  • Energy transition: efficient use of renewable energies including sector coupling;
  • 'Just Transition' of coal to renewable energies;
  • Orientation of infrastructure investments on the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda in Central and Southeast Asia;
  • Regional mechanisms for the low-carbon, climate resilient transformation of the energy-water-land Nexus in Central Asia;
  • Reduction of climate risks for the private sector through ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA);
  • Implementation of national adaptation priorities of the Paris Agreement through the targeted promotion of the National Adaptation Planning Process (NAP) in West and Central Africa;
  • Bonn Challenge: carbon sequestration through the restoration of forests and landscapes;
  • Biodiversity conservation in marine and coastal areas;
  • Preservation of biodiversity throughout the entire landscape

At the second stage, all programme coordinators of promising programme outlines are informed about the outcome of the evaluation in writing and invited to apply for an appraisal mission. The appraisal mission is an obligatory part of the second stage of the procedure, aimed at optimally orienting the programme on local needs together with the partners. If the appraisal mission is successful, a detailed programme proposal must be submitted, for a decision from the BMU on the beginning of the program.