International Climate Initiative (IKI)

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The International Climate Initiative (Internationale Klimaschutzinitiative, IKI) forms part of the German government international climate finance commitment. It falls under the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) cooperating with  the Federal Ministry for Environment Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), as well as the Federal Foreign Office.

Through the IKI, the ministries jointly support approaches in developing and emerging countries to implement and ambitiously develop the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) anchored in the Paris Agreement. This includes measures to adapt to the impacts of climate change and to conserve and rebuild natural carbon sinks, taking into account environmental, economic and social concerns. With regards to biodiversity, the IKI also supports its partner countries in achieving the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The activities from IKI projects range, for example, from advising policy makers on capacity building and technology partnerships to risk hedging through innovative financial instruments. It also includes studies, project preparation advice for infrastructure development, and investment instruments for climate change mitigation or biodiversity conservation.

As at late 2021, IKI had approved more than 800 climate and biodiversity projects in over 150 countries worldwide with a total funding volume of 5 billion euros (2008-2021).

The IKI finances projects run by organisations that implement measures together with developing, emerging and transitional countries within the four IKI funding areas:

  • Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions
  • Adapting to the impacts of climate change
  • Conserving natural carbon sinks with a focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+)
  • Conserving biological diversity
  • Many projects normally involve more than one funding area.


International Climate Initiative (Internationale Klimaschutzinitiative, IKI)