- ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE
- GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRACY
Algeria and Germany can look back on a long collaborative partnership, and GIZ has had its own office in Algiers since 1993. Most of GIZ Algeria’s activities are commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ currently has 75 employees in Algeria, including 13 seconded staff and one CIM expert.
Algeria is the largest and most populous country in the Maghreb. Its gross domestic product (GDP) increases on average by three per cent a year. However, the economy remains heavily dependent on the production and export of oil and gas. Nearly half of the country’s 40 million inhabitants are under the age of 25. Algeria’s main economic policy challenge is therefore to create a sufficient number of jobs for a young population that is continuing to grow. The country’s natural resources are under increasing pressure from high economic and population growth as well as climate change, especially in the fertile north of the country, where 68 per cent of the population lives on just one fifth of the country’s territory.
As a major political and economic player, Algeria has become the region’s voice on various environmental issues. The aim of Algerian-German cooperation is to support the implementation of Algeria’s progressive environmental legislation and contribute to integrated environmental policies. GIZ is therefore strengthening the intersectoral planning and coordination capacities of public authorities.
Cooperation focuses on the protection of the environment in areas such as sustainable natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation, sustainable waste management and the promotion of green technologies and innovation.
GIZ’s main commissioning party is BMZ. GIZ International Services is also active in Algeria on behalf of other donors, such as the European Union (EU) and the private sector.