Water scarcity and drought are among the serious consequences of climate change.

Climate change and development

Climate and development are inextricably linked. Climate change is already having severe consequences for humans and the environment, especially in developing countries. If we manage to limit global warming and adapt to climate change worldwide, then we will be able to prevent uncontrollable consequences for our planet and at the same time create new development opportunities.

Federal Minister for Development Gerd Mül­ler
If we take climate action seriously, this means that we must not only take action in our own country but must also, and in particular, significantly scale up our efforts for global climate protection. Because saving the climate is vital to the survival of humanity.
Dr. Gerd Müller Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

Responsibility for our planet

"Responsibility for our planet – climate and energy" is one of the core areas of the work of the German Development Ministry. The BMZ assists people in developing countries in making headway on climate change mitigation and dealing with the consequences of climate change. To that end, the Ministry works together with its partner countries across the world, helping to foster implementation of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Industrialised countries like Germany are the main contributors to the already perceptible change in the climate. That is why these countries must now set a good example and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

The industrialised countries have also pledged to help the developing countries and emerging economies, which are often particularly affected by climate change, in their efforts to implement the Paris targets for climate change mitigation and adaptation. These efforts will not only help to protect the climate but will also open up new opportunities for economic development and social progress in our partner countries. If the Paris Agreement is to be implemented, it is crucial that climate action is undertaken in emerging economies and developing countries too, for they now produce around two thirds of global emissions.

In concrete terms, the BMZ's activities are geared towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions – for example through climate-neutral energy generation, forest conservation and climate-friendly mobility – and towards adaptation to climate change – for instance through improved water resource management, climate-resilient agriculture, climate risk analyses and insurance against climate-related damage. In this way, the BMZ is contributing towards international climate financing and towards making international financial flows climate neutral.


BMZ initiatives

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The NDC Partnership

Video: In order to support developing countries to implement their climate and development goals effectively and quickly, there is the so-called NDC Partnership. It was initiated by Germany together with Morocco and the World Resources Institute.

The BMZ assists developing countries in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing the consequences of climate change with a view to implementing international climate and development goals. To that end, a number of climate initiatives of international significance have been launched and supported by the BMZ and its partners.

They include the NDC Partnership, which seeks to help countries implement, and increase the ambition of, their Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement, and the InsuResilience Global Partnership for climate risk insurance. The BMZ also supports the expansion of renewable energy generation and reforestation in Africa, and forest conservation worldwide. Other BMZ initiatives focus on sustainable urban transport and climate-neutral transport. 

Another way in which the BMZ is combining development and climate action measures involves the voluntary offsetting of emissions by non-governmental entities, for example enterprises. By creating the Development and Climate Alliance (External link) in 2018, the BMZ provided a platform for such efforts. In 2020, the Alliance was converted into a foundation with its own governing board. The Alliance already has more than 900 supporters who are striving to become climate neutral by avoiding or reducing emissions and offsetting any remainder.

The BMZ itself is also setting a good example: at the start of 2020, the BMZ became the first federal ministry that counts as climate neutral. For a detailed description of our path to climate neutrality, see our report "Klimaneutrales BMZ 2020" (in German) on making the BMZ climate neutral by 2020.

Areas addressed by the BMZ in the field of climate

Solar panels of a solar power plant in Ouarzazate, Morocco

Energy and climate Internal link

Working for a global energy transition and access to energy for all

Ethiopian nomads who have settled in a village in the Somali region of Ethiopia due to persistent drought.

Migration and climate Internal link

Assistance for people displaced by climate change

Flooded roads and paths in Gonaives, Haiti, after hurricane Tomas passed through the area

Analysing and managing climate risks Internal link

Adopting a preparedness-based approach to climate-related environmental changes and extreme weather events

Flooding on the Philippines

Climate risk insurance Internal link

Developing solutions to protect people financially against climate shocks

Meeting room of the international donor conference of the Green Climate Fund, hosted by the German government in Berlin on 20 November 2014.

Climate finance Internal link

Financing measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the consequences of climate change

Moorland in Europe

Climate and biodiversity Internal link

Biodiversity conservation is one of the keys to success in climate change mitigation and in adapting to the consequences of climate change. 

Background

BMZ publications: Highlights

Adaptation to Climate Change: Promising Ways to Tackle Climate Risks

Adaptation to Climate Change

Promising Ways to Tackle Climate Risks

File type PDF | Date of status 10/2017 | File size 4 MB, Pages 32 Pages | Accessibility Accessible
Climate change – Time to act

Climate change – Time to act

Climate policy in the context of the 2030 Agenda

File type PDF | Date of status 10/2016 | File size 5 MB, Pages 48 Pages | Accessibility Accessible

BMZ factsheets

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BMZ factsheet: Adaptation to climate change

File type PDF | Date of status 01/2021 | File size 186 KB, Pages 2 Pages
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BMZ factsheet: Green recovery

File type PDF | Date of status 01/2021 | File size 386 KB, Pages 2 Pages
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BMZ factsheet: Comprehensive risk management | BMZ activities to address disaster and climate risks

File type PDF | Date of status 01/2021 | File size 352 KB, Pages 2 Pages
Cover: BMZ factsheet: Global Partnership for the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

BMZ factsheet: Global Partnership for the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

File type PDF | Date of status 01/2021 | File size 305 KB
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BMZ factsheet: InsuResilience Global Partnership | The global partnership for financing and insurance solutions for climate and disaster risks

File type PDF | Date of status 01/2021 | File size 292 KB, Pages 2 Pages
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BMZ factsheet: Understanding climate risks - developing strategies for adaptation | Cooperation with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

File type PDF | Date of status 01/2021 | File size 370 KB, Pages 2 Pages
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BMZ factsheet: Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF)

File type PDF | Date of status 01/2021 | File size 658 KB, Pages 2 Pages
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BMZ factsheet: Human mobility as a result of climate change

File type PDF | Date of status 03/2021 | File size 412 KB, Pages 2 Pages
BMZ factsheet: Climate change and rural development | Climate policy engagement in the agriculture and food sectors

BMZ factsheet: Climate change and rural development | Climate policy engagement in the agriculture and food sectors

File type PDF | Date of status 01/2021 | File size 201 KB