Cities and climate

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Climate-smart urban development and mobility

Tram in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

To promote sustainable and climate-smart urban development worldwide, Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is focusing on integrated approaches that address a number of different issues and stakeholders.

For example, at national and municipal level it promotes the development and implementation of urban development and mobility strategies that take account of all aspects of climate protection and resilience in the face of climate change. The aim is to introduce sustainable strategies to transform the transport sector, which is a source of continuously increasing emissions, and move towards climate-friendly mobility. Such strategies focus on measures to prevent traffic, shift motorised transport to public transport and non-motorised transport and make transport systems more environmentally friendly by promoting electric vehicles, for example.

Another focus area of German development cooperation is the development of infrastructure that can withstand the impacts of climate change. More than half of German Financial cooperation in the field of adaptation to climate change is focused on cities. In the field of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions it is even roughly two thirds of German loans and grants.

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