BERLIN, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Senior German officials said on Wednesday that Germany could have a leading role in tackling international climate protection and in dealing with the consequences of climate change.
Germany wants to remain as a pioneer, so the Federal Government will contribute 1.8 billion euros to finance international climate protection, German Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks and Development Minister Gerd Muller said at a meeting.
The help ranges from investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, promotion of sustainable agricultural practices, development of water catchment areas, protection of particularly vulnerable areas such as coastal protection or urban development to the forest fire prevention.
Hendricks said: "We urgently need progress in international climate policy, but we aim to get involved in those countries that can not cope with the challenges of climate change on their own."
Muller said: "We must work even harder for climate protection, because otherwise we leave future generations a heavy load. We have the technological solutions and will bring these solutions in cooperation with our partner countries, but we must also learn to think differently and redefine prosperity, especially in Germany."