UN climate conference in Marrakech

Development policy with a focus on sustainability and climate action

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Press release of 14.11.2016 |

Today, Dr Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, will be travelling to the climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, where he will present a number of specific agreements.

For example, the German Development Ministry (BMZ) will again increase its investment in the world's largest and most modern solar power plant, in the Moroccan desert. Germany's contribution totals almost 830 million euros, partly in the form of reduced-interest loans. Both the turbines and the parabolic mirrors were produced by German companies. Thanks to the Ouarzazate power plant, at least 800,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions can be avoided, and 1.3 million people can be provided with solar power.

The BMZ also supports Africa as a whole along the road towards sustainable energy generation. Thanks to Germany's support for the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), energy generation from renewable sources is to reach a level by 2020 that is equivalent to ten coal power plants.

Minister Müller said, "Development policy is about our global future. That is why, in our development cooperation, we are embarking on entirely new paths towards sustainability and climate action. Only in this way will we be able to achieve the climate targets adopted in Paris. From the world's largest solar power plant in the Moroccan desert to reforestation programmes in Cameroon all the way to coastal protection in Bangladesh, the BMZ is happy to act as a competent partner for climate solutions in emerging and developing economies. The BMZ already accounts for nearly 90 per cent of the German government's investments in international climate action."

Every year, the BMZ launches climate change mitigation programmes that save a total of more than 200 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. This is equivalent to the emissions of 100 coal power plants.

In Marrakech, Minister Müller will have meetings with the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, with Moroccan Agriculture Minister Aziz Akhannouch, and with representatives of German non-governmental organisations and German businesses. In total, 200 German companies have operations in Morocco. Some of their activities are in the renewable energy and agriculture sectors. This year, Morocco was the partner country for International Green Week in Berlin, an agricultural fair. This was the first time that an African country was the Green Week partner country.

Following his meetings in Marrakech today and tomorrow, Minister Müller will travel on to Mauritania. That country is affected by climate change in multiple ways. The rising sea levels are posing a threat to the livelihoods of the country's 3.5 million inhabitants, as are extreme storms and droughts. The BMZ is active in Mauritania, among other things, in the field of marine conservation and with regard to the effort to establish sustainable fisheries.

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