The focus of the International Climate Initiative lies in the following areas:
Promoting a climate-friendly economy
In the field of a climate-friendly economy, the goal is to support partner countries in establishing a climate-friendly economic structure that prevents climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions where possible. This support covers areas such as increasing energy efficiency, expanding renewable energies, reducing environmentally harmful greenhouse gases and investment-related measures, know-how transfer and policy advice in the partner country.
Promoting measures for adaptation to the impacts of climate change
In the field of adaptation to climate change, parts of appropriate national programmes for such adaptation are being implemented in selected partner countries that are especially vulnerable to climate change (on the basis of national or regional strategies, NAPAs).
Through an integrated approach several aspects of adaptation can be incorporated, e.g. water resource management, optimal land use / sustainable biomass production (resource management, restoration of damaged areas), preventive health care, disaster prevention and migration management.
Promoting measures for preservation and sustainable use of natural carbon sinks/ Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)
In the field of natural carbon sinks/ REDD projects for conserving carbon sinks, especially of forests and other ecosystems such as wetlands, are financed. Activities in this field aim to improve synergies between climate protection and biodiversity conservation.