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// Honduras

Community forestry and climate change mitigation

| The

groundwork has been done: Honduras now has a new forestry

act and a strategy to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

The political framework is thus in place to ensure the sustain-

able management of threatened forest resources in Honduras.

What now remains is to breathe life into the legislation.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic

Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European

Union, GIZ is helping local action groups ensure the sus-

tainable management of public forests under the auspices

of the Community Forestry and Adaptation to Climate

Change programme. The project is working with the

National Institute of Forest Conservation and Development

to make water and power supplies, and agricultural produc-

tion, less vulnerable to the consequences of climate change,

including heavy rainfall and prolonged droughts.

Community forestry involves the state entering into long-

term agreements with local agroforestry cooperatives in

neighbouring municipalities, giving them the right to use

state-owned forests, including the right to fell and sell trees.

The cooperatives undertake only to clear harvestable trees

and to plant new trees to replace those felled. A minimum

of 30 agreements of this sort are to be concluded, ensuring

that at least an additional 550,000 hectares of forested land

will be sustainably managed. The social pressure of the local

communities is expected to put an end to illegal logging in

the project areas more effectively than would be possible

using the police or the army.

Community forestry guarantees that state-owned forests

are sustainably managed, while the income generated by

community forestry activities provides families with regular

additional income. This can be used to push ahead with

development in the villages, whether it takes the form of

accessing renewable energy sources, supporting women’s

groups in cultivating vegetables, or buying new chicken

breeds that lay more eggs.

To help communities adapt to climate change, GIZ also

supports risk analyses that are used as the basis for local

planning, as well as working to prevent slash and burn prac-

tices. The programme is helping protect and manage head-

waters and small water courses that provide the local people

with water for drinking and for their household needs. 


Dual benefits – protecting forests

and securing incomes



// China

Sino-German energy partnership

| In future, China wants its

energy supply to be safe, affordable and environmentally

sound. This will be not only in the country’s own interests,

but also in the interests of the global community. Germany’s

experience and expertise in renewable energy and energy

efficiency are thus in great demand. Back in 2006 a coopera-

tion arrangement on energy policy was agreed between

China’s National Development and Reform Commission

and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

(BMWi). To intensify the energy partnership, BMWi com-

missioned GIZ in 2011 to head the Secretariat responsible

for implementation. GIZ organises specialist dialogues,

forums, workshops and fact-finding trips for the working

groups on energy and energy efficiency. Private companies

from the two countries have the opportunity to meet with

visitors from the realms of research, civil society and politics,

in order to identify joint projects. They also discuss technical

matters such as integrating renewable energy into urban

energy planning, energy efficiency measures in the industrial

and building sectors, and the use of geothermal energy for

heating, as well as discussing enabling environments and

financing issues. The Secretariat is also supporting German

technology providers in initiating cooperation schemes

with Chinese partners. 




German expertise in great demand

// Worldwide

Financing climate action

| The money is there. In 2014

around EUR 9.5 billion was paid into the new international

Green Climate Fund (GCF), making it the world’s largest

climate fund practically overnight. The hopes of the UN

Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of 2015 rest

on the Fund. But developing countries and emerging econo-

mies must be well prepared if they are to apply for GCF

finance and put the funds to good use. The GIZ’s Climate

Finance Readiness Programme, CF Ready for short, is there

to help them. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for

Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ is

getting 15 partner countries ready to apply to the GCF for

international funding and to use the cash to good effect.

They must comply with international application and

accounting standards, and plan and implement measures to

achieve results. GIZ does not rigidly follow a standardised

model; we gear our advisory services to the precise needs of

each partner country. Bangladesh for instance is receiving

support to help it select and develop a national coordination

unit for GCF activities. An institution of this sort is one of

the most basic preconditions for receiving GCF funding and

for ensuring that countries have a say in the way the Green

Climate Fund works. The international response to CF Ready

has been positive. The Czech Republic and the American

development agency USAID are already on board, making

this German fitness programme (in which KfW also partici-

pates) a multi-donor project. 


Fitness programme

for a better






hectares of sustainably

managed forests

GIZ Integrated Company Report 2014



Protecting the environment and natural resources