Support in elaborating intended nationally determined contributions

Project description

Title: Support of selected partner countries in the elaboration of their intended nationally determined contributions (INDC)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
Country: Jordan
Lead executing agency: Jordanian Ministry of Environment (MoEnv)
Overall term: 2014 to 2015


At the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Warsaw in November 2013 (COP 19), the participating states agreed to specify their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to a new comprehensive and global climate agreement. The contributions are to be communicated in 2015 and implemented from 2020. The objective is to limit the global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius. The industrialised countries were called upon to support developing countries in creating and implementing their own climate goals.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), at least 15 partner states are receiving specialist and policy support towards developing their own reduction contributions. None of the partner states selected for the project have set greenhouse gas reduction goals that have been communicated internationally. Jordan is one of these selected states.

Jordan has signed all climate conventions and has thereby clearly committed itself to sustainable policy-making. A national climate change strategy has already been prepared. The country sees opportunities to counteract global warming – for example by reducing emissions in the energy and waste sectors as well as through climate change adaptation measures.


Jordan is in a position to present ambitious and feasible intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the new global climate agreement.


Through the International Climate Initiative (IKI), GIZ is supporting the Jordanian Ministry of Environment in developing and formulating realistic and feasible climate goals. The intended nationally determined contributions are at the heart of the climate agreement that is to be adopted in 2015.

In order to achieve this, GIZ is supporting the Ministry of Environment, particularly the newly established climate change unit, and participating partners in estimating and evaluating the potential for greenhouse gas reduction. Using improved government strategy and planning processes, information and activities can be better incorporated into the overall climate policy context.

The project is continuing to provide technical support for activities, for example sharing knowledge on preparing complex voluntary nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and advising on policy processes. This will eliminate gaps in knowledge and help to improve networking among all the activities and stakeholders. GIZ is also making it possible to conduct studies and analyses that will contribute to forming a basis for making decisions on the development of INDCs.

The project is strengthening the Jordanian Ministry of Environment’s decision-making and dialogue processes, making it possible to develop reduction contributions and establish the conditions necessary for their implementation. In addition, there is regular exchange between the project states and other countries in order to highlight progress and activities, and share experiences.

GIZ is improving the organisational and institutional framework in Jordan, which will enable the country to formulate its own climate goals and potentially implement them from 2020.

By developing and selecting feasible INDCs, Jordan can make an important contribution to global climate change mitigation. The project’s inclusion in the global programme guarantees an international exchange of experiences. This raises awareness of climate issues and enables Jordan to set a motivating example for other similar countries.