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The UN has urged countries around the world to deliver their updated national climate action plans as soon as possible, reminding governments that their Paris Agreement plans should be submitted "at least 9-12 months" before the crucial COP26 summit kicks off in Glasgow in November next year: Info
Sustainable finance: Germany plans to start releasing green bonds in 2021.


Climate change is the challenge of the century and can only be managed effectively with intensive global cooperation and an innovative, low-carbon development model. Huge demands are placed on development cooperation and humanitarian aid to climate-proof promotional programmes for poverty eradication, sustainable development, food security and disaster prevention, in other words, to systematically improve the resilience of particularly vulnerable people against climate risks. We have the necessary expertise to advise our clients in this process, with wide range of services.

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International climate policy i.e. the UNFCCC and the Paris Climate Agreement, European climate policy and many other climate policy initiatives, both national and international, are indispensable in containing climate change and mitigating climate impacts. This affects a variety of related political areas, in particular development policy. These political processes are exceptionally complex and pose great and rapidly growing challenges for state and non-state actors. Climate & Development Advice is equipped with a network of experts who offer support to politicians, non-governmental organisations, churches, professional associations and businesses in the targeted reviewing and analysis of data, in conveying core competencies and in developing strategies and policies. Please feel free to contact us.

Generating prosperity from fossil and nuclear energy sources and seemingly ubiquitous available natural resources is no longer sustainable. Climate change indicates that the limits of environmental pollution have been reached and exceeded. Ambitious climate protection programmes with the aim to efficiently reduce greenhouse gas emissions is the crucial prerequisite to contain global warming. Massively increasing energy efficiency, switching to renewable energies, protecting forests and other natural carbon sinks and switching to a low-carbon economy are not merely cost factors. They also hold great opportunities for innovation, economic success, social and intergenerational justice and welfare benefits.

Climate protection is a societal and global challenge. Whether governments or regional churches, NGO or business: everyone must do their share. We will advise you in the conception and implementation of such projects, both in Germany and abroad.

In many parts of the world, the effects of global warming necessitate adaptation measures to mitigate climate impacts. The fields of action are diverse, ranging from coastal protection and flood control via agriculture and water management, infrastructure and city development to education and health systems. The need for adaption is particularly great in the focal points of climate change, that is, in many developing countries. Besides internationally funded state adaptation programmes, smaller-scale adaptation projects, especially from non-government organisations and church institutions, aim to improve the livelihoods of those extremely threatened by poverty and make them climate-proof. We have demonstrable professional expertise and experience in this regard. We offer advice in building corresponding capacities to climate-proof your projects, to further train your co-workers and also to provide long-term project monitoring.

According to the reinsurance company Munich Re, growing climate risks, such as extreme weather events or rising sea levels, cause climate damages that now amount to 200 billion euros annually. Particularly affected are newly industrialized and developing countries, where there is a conspicuous growth in the number of so-called climate refugees. 

Damage can be limited with systematic risk assessment and improved prevention measures. Insurance systems can help to hedge existential risks. Extremely poor population groups and countries, however, need support in doing so.

Climate risk management is still in its infancy, but will gain importance in the years to come. This applies in particular to development organisations. We can assist in strategically broaching this subject and help to set up sustainable policies and programmes.