Climate action remains an urgent and global challenge
This year's Petersberg Climate Dialogue was held online by the BMU for the first time. 30 ministers and other high-ranking actors from around the world met digitally via video conference to discuss climate action in times of the corona crisis. All participants were in favour of combining the economic recovery with climate action in order to achieve the necessary progress.
Svenja Schulze: "We need a green economic recovery in order to build a more resilient future. Our guiding principle is not to go back to the old world, but to work towards a better world with more resilient and climate-friendly economies. Investments in renewable energy, green mobility and climate-friendly industrial processes are at the same time supporting climate action, innovation and jobs."
Nature conservation is key to preventing new infectious diseases
Human intervention in nature and ecosystems increases the risk of new infectious diseases. It is documented that around 70 percent of human pathogens originate in fauna, including HIV, Ebola, influenza, MERS and SARS. To reduce the development and spread of numerous diseases in the future, scientists are calling for more nature protection and biodiversity conservation throughout the world.
13 February 2020 | International Climate Initiative
New funding for climate action launched
A new BMU funding programme supports climate action and biodiversity conservation in developing and emerging countries. "IKI Medium Grants" is aimed at civil society actors based in Germany and is intended to support smaller civil society organisations in particular. The BMU is providing 30 million euros over a total of five years.
After the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, actors from politics and the financial sector discussed the economic recovery and the stimulus packages following the corona pandemic. The projects should be as climate-friendly and sustainable as possible. According to State Secretary for the Environment Jochen Flasbarth, developing countries in particular must remain capable of climate action despite the current situation.
Germany supports the protection and sustainable management of the seas and oceans. To better protect the marine environment at international level as well, Germany has joined the Global Ocean Alliance. Germany thus belongs to those countries actively promoting the target of placing 30 percent of the world’s seas and oceans under marine protection measures by 2030. Minister Schulze commented: "The oceans need our protection. We must reduce the adverse effects of human activities, preserve fish stocks more effectively and improve the oceans’ resilience against climate change."
Ten endangered animal species are now under special international protection. These include the Indian elephant, the jaguar and the dogfish. The decision was taken by more than 100 states in India at the Thirteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. To further protect these species, agreement was reached on combating increased light pollution and insect mortality at international level. The Parties also work together to halt the decline of species through concrete action plans.
Brochure: Environmental Information for Products and Services
Public awareness of the environmental impact of products has grown and companies are facing increasing calls to incorporate environmental protection into their products. As a result, product-related environmental information is becoming more and more important. This brochure provides an overview of the topic.
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