The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a German federal enterprise that supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ operates throughout Germany and in more than 130 countries worldwide. Most of its work is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The company offers demand-driven, tailor-made services for sustainable development. GIZ operates in many fields, and its work includes many projects and programmes for resource conservation and climate change mitigation.
For example, GIZ has been working in Colombia since 1965, and as of 2016 a total of 130 experts, largely Colombian, work for GIZ. There are three main work areas, including environmental policy, protection and sustainable management of natural resources. Within this, the projects and programmes include REDD+ (including support for the development of safeguards), and working with state and civil society to agree processes for participatory implementation of environmental directives (this programme targets a mountainous, forested region characterised by armed conflict and unregulated resource use).