The International Climate Initiative (IKI) is an important part of the German government international climate finance commitment. Since 2022, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) has been the lead ministry for the IKI. The funding program cooperates with its founding ministry, 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).
Bilateral cooperation under the IKI between the Republic of India and Germany started in 2008. India is among the most recognised IKI partner countries. The projects in India contribute to the primary objectives and focus areas of IKI- climate change mitigation, adaption to the impacts of climate change and the protection of biological diversity and cross cutting issues.
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