Klimazwei - reducing risks - exploiting opportunities
Climate change is increasingly affecting the way we behave in society, commerce and politics. As a development factor that needs to be taken seriously, it presents us with major challenges, both globally and in our own country.
This is why, as part of the Federal Government's high-tech strategy 2020, the BMBF is funding research and development in technologies and strategies for dealing with climate change. The aim is to better assess, and reduce, the risks involved in climate change and to identify and exploit any opportunities for society and business.
The research program "klimazwei - Research for Climate Protection and Protection from Climate Impacts" is a key part of this, and the first BMBF funding measure to expressly address the issue of "dealing with climate change". It focuses on funding applied research and development that is based on social and commercial needs in relation to climate. The underlying concept pursues a joint objective of, firstly, reducing climate changes (mitigation) caused by human behaviour and, secondly, adapting to climate change and extreme events (adaptation). klimazwei aims to cater for the new research policy priorities by developing a broad range of measures to both protect the climate from human interventions and to protect people from climate impacts and extreme weather. The first projects were successfully completed in 2009.
On behalf of the BMBF the organisational unit Environment, Culture, Sustainability in the German Aerospace Center Project Management Agency (PT-DLR) attends functionally and administrative to the funding measure Klimazwei.