Green landscape full of meadows and forests. © GIZ/Binh Dang

Climate, environment, management of natural resources

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.

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Climate change

A green tile displaying schemes of a forest and a fox and written information about forest preservation.

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Climate change

A green tile shows schemes of a hand and trees and written information about environmental protection.

A green tile shows a schematically depicted human being and a gear wheel and written information on the topic of dealing with climate change in organizations.
Climate change

Schematically depicted people and a lake and written information on environmental protection.

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.


*The results data outlined here relate to the review year 2021.

Additional information

  • Climate change (mitigation)

    Effective climate change mitigation involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonising our policies, economies and societies.

    Climate change (mitigation)

  • Climate – Security – Fragility

    Climate change exacerbates existing conflicts and social inequality, and contributes significantly to displacement and migration. GIZ provides conflict-sensitive support for efforts to build climate-resilient societies based on principles of social justice.

    Climate – Security – Fragility

  • Adapting to climate change

    Adapting to climate change can help to avoid risk and seize opportunities. Germany supports its partner countries in adaptation projects.

    Adapting to climate change

  • Green finance

    In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change, public and private-sector financial flows worldwide must be aligned with climate and environmental objectives.

    Green finance

  • Biodiversity – our livelihood

    Preserving biodiversity is vital. GIZ advises partners on measures that protect ecosystems and benefit people.

    Biodiversity – our livelihood

  • Fishing

    Unsustainable fishing is an increasing threat to developing countries. GIZ is committed to the conservation of wild stocks and thus to securing income, food and economic growth.


  • Sustainable forest management and international forest policy

    The destruction of forests destroys livelihoods. Development can only be achieved through sustainable forest management.

    Sustainable forest management and international forest policy

  • Environmental Management 

    GIZ's environmental management consultancy aims to make production and disposal in developing countries ecological and safer.


  • Climate change, just transition and renewable energies

    GIZ supports the German Federal Government and its partners in achieving a green and fair recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Climate change, just transition and renewable energies

  • Environmental policy and environmental management

    There can be no lasting development unless we protect the environment and use natural resources sustainably. Effective environmental strategies and policies are essential for this.

    Environmental policy and environmental management

Additional information


Die albanische Moderatorin Fatma Haxhialiu, eine Frau mit blonden Locken, lächelt fröhlich in die Kamera, im Hintergrund eine Gruppe von männlichen Jugendlichen

Green hydrogen: a new market for the fuel of the future


Two indigenous women have a conversation.

Forest protection: a matter for the women at the top

Our References

Climate-friendly coffee from Costa Rica

Our References

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