Promoting climate-friendly and emission-neutral development

Project description

Title: Climate Policy Support Programme
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Worldwide
Overall term: 2019 to 2022


Droughts, floods, storms, heat waves – the effects of climate change can already be felt today. Developing countries and emerging economies are particularly hard hit: The consequences of climate change put their economic growth at risk and threaten any economic and social progress achieved in combatting poverty, hunger and disease. 

For the partner countries of German development cooperation, climate change is a key issue. That is why Germany has made climate change mitigation and adaptation one of the priority areas of its development policy. 

By adopting the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, the international community set itself ambitious policy goals. Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are central to the agreement’s implementation. However, the strategies and approaches pursued by the countries are often not sufficiently geared towards achieving the fundamental change required in key economic sectors, especially regarding energy policy, agriculture and forestry, water management, transport and development planning. Transformative approaches are also not yet sufficiently integrated into German and international development cooperation.


German and international development cooperation is using approaches for transitioning to emission-neutral and climate-friendly development in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement.


This is a supraregional project. It addresses the intersection between international climate policy and national development processes in partner countries of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project capitalises on strategic networks and partnerships, and develops practical approaches and implements them in selected partner countries, particularly in the Pacific Island states. It also supports BMZ in carrying out its climate policy tasks. 

  • Advising BMZ. The ministry receives advisory services in the areas of climate change adaptation, greenhouse gas mitigation and climate financing. BMZ continues to receive support relating to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) negotiations.
  • Global implementation and expert public relations work. The project supports selected partner countries and initiatives in implementing measures to establish fundamental change. This takes place as part of the NDCs or other processes aimed at emission-neutral and climate-friendly development, for example regarding national adaptation planning. This serves to firmly establish the topic in expert public relations work and in German and international development cooperation.
  • Pacific Regional Hub. Together with the NDCP, the project supports the Pacific Island states in implementing their ambitious climate objectives.
  • Processing and transporting knowledge. The project supports BMZ in exploring future issues of importance to climate policy. This also takes place in cooperation with various partners from the academic community or think tanks, such as the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the German Development Institute, the United Nations University and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.


German development cooperation has established itself as a key stakeholder in integrating climate aspects into national development processes. This builds on the support provided by the predecessor projects to the partner countries in drawing up their climate protection goals and preparing them for the Paris Climate Conference.

  • To date, climate-related measures in 15 developing countries have received support. The experience gained has been contributed to international discussions. 
  • The National Action Plan (NAP) Global Network international initiative has been strategically shaped and expert advice has been provided on how to support partner countries. 
  • The project has made Germany's involvement in climate cooperation work visible. This was achieved at high-level events, for example the global climate conferences and the interim conferences and through various publications.

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