German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) established the International Climate Initiative (IKI) in 2008. BMU uses this instrument to enhance cooperation between the German Government and developing and emerging countries, with the order to reduce and adapt to climate change and preserve biodiversity. According to a resolution of the Parliament, the IKI receives EUR 120 million BMUB budget each year. The Climate and Energy Fund (EKF) also contributes money to the IKI and replenishes through the auction of allowances. This investment has enabled Germany to support other measures in the fields of climate change and biodiversity worldwide. Thus, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU provides a model for the “new and additional” funding requested by developing countries.

Implementing Organisations: WWF Germany, WWF Paraguay & WWF Colombia

For 50 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. WWF is the world’s largest conservation organization, established in 100 countries and supported by about 5 million USD worldwide. WWF works in a unique way combining a global vision with scientific foundations, it is actively involved at all levels, from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative and idealistic solutions that meet the needs of people and nature.


Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS); Rodrigo Suarez, Climate Change Division, Technical Director

National Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM); Maria Saralux Valbuena, Ecosystem Division, Director


Ministry of Environment (SEAM);
Cristina Morales;

Municipality of Bahia Negra;
Gustavo Arévalos, Secretary of Bahia Negra,

Key Partners

Thünen Institute

Kiel Institute for the World Economy

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Leibniz Center for Agricultural Landscape Research