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Environment and climate change

Conserving natural resources is a basic requirement for sustainable development and improving the quality of human life. To reverse the trend towards resource degradation, we need to give greater priority to ecological principles.

GIZ assists its partners in identifying the wide range of causes of environmental risks. It helps modernise environmental policy at all levels, advises on regional environmental cooperation and develops strategies to embed environmental protection in other areas of policy.




Global concerns such as climate protection, preserving biodiversity, protecting forests and combating desertification are a challenge to the community of nations. GIZ supports processes for developing the international environmental regime, and advises its partners in implementing this.

In anchor countries and emerging nations, GIZ disseminates concepts for resource efficiency and recycling. It assists developing countries in decentralising management of natural resources, to ensure greater efficiency and closer orientation to local needs.

With our experience in a wide range of countries, our technical competence, experience in moderation and methodologies, know-how on organisational development, environmental communication and conflict management, we are a partner you can count on.

Climate change

Climate change

GIZ, acting on behalf of the German Federal Government and other clients, supports partner countries in implementing the Framework Convention on Climate Change, which aims to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and to adapt to the consequences of climate change. In addition, GIZ implements climate policy guidelines through a wide range of practical measures in partner countries.

Klima Climate Change

Integrated ozone and climate protection

The ozone layer protects the Earth's surface from ultraviolet radiation. We offer technical and economic support to enable countries to meet their international commitments on phasing-out of the production and use of ozone-depleting substances. Also we develop scenarios for the socially, ecologically and economically acceptable phase-out.

Integrierter Ozon- und Klimaschutz Integrated ozone and climate protection

Natural resource management

Forest policy and sustainable forest management

Forests secure people's livelihoods; they are source of income and a land reserve. On this background we support our partners in introducing sustainable forest management as a development strategy and in positioning forest-related interests in the national, regional and international context.

Waldpolitik und nachhaltige Waldbewirtschaftung Forest policy and sustainable forest management

Combating Desertification

Drylands cover around 40 per cent of the Earth's land surface. Through its measures to combat desertification, GIZ opens up new options fort the inhabitants of drylands. We help partner countries that have signed the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification to use it as a strategic framework for resource management and sustainable development.

Desertifikationsbekämpfung Combating desertification

Biological diversity

Conserving the diversity of ecosystems, genes, and plant and animal species is one of the major challenges worldwide. We help our partner countries implement the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity. To this end sustainable strategies for the conservation of biodiversity must be developed, which promote economic development without endangering biological diversity.


Urban and industrial environomental management

Waste and Recycling management

GIZ’s activities in the field of municipal waste management initially aim to ensure that basic waste management systems are in place. At the same time, waste should as far as possible be returned to the economic cycle through recovery and recycling. In addition, waste management strategies must be designed to cover operating costs and have to be as socially acceptable as possible.

Abfallwirtschaft Waste management

Resource efficient economy

There is growing pressure to decouple economic growth from resource consumption. Therefore we support government and private-sector stakeholders in developing practise-oriented services. These contribute at best to improve resource efficiency and promote environmentally sound management in small and medium-sized enterprises.

Ressourceneffizienz in der Wirtschaft Resource efficient economy

Sustainable tourism

Tourism is one of the largest commercial sectors worldwide. It must be oriented towards long-term development that is economically profitable, ethically and socially acceptable, culturally appropriate and ecologically viable. To this end tourism strategies must be developed that go beyond the pure tourism sector, because tourism only becomes sustainable if looked at in a wider context.

Nachhaltiger Tourismus Sustainable tourism

Environmental policy

Environmental policy

Individuals and society are closely interlinked with the environment and natural resources. Therefore we aim to support and enable individuals and organisations in our partner countries so that they can effectively and efficiently incorporate environmental and resource protection concerns into their development endeavours - both as an independent policy area as an overarching, cross-sectoral task.

Umweltpolitik Environmental policy

Environmental Finance

In developing countries the competition for funding for effective environmental policies is particularly keen. We support our partners to create and mobilise sources of funding for sustainable environmental policies and resources use.

Environmental Finance Environmental finance

Regional environmental cooperation

Many questions of environmental protection and natural resource management can only be answered beyond national and sectoral boundaries. We support this cooperation in two areas: Firstly we strive to reconcile the interests of different stakeholders in sectoral strategies. Secondly, we promote the mainstreaming of environmental issues in regional political and economic integration processes.

Regionale Umweltkooperation Regional environmental cooperation

The Green Economy

Historically, economic development processes went hand in hand with substantial environmental pollution. Climate change, environmental damage and the over-exploitation of natural resources are the consequences of this development and are major challenges of our times. We support our partner countries in addressing prosperity, climate and environmental protection and social justice as overlapping issues.

Green Economy

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