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Monday, 03 August 2015

EU-Africa: partnering for climate change

The European Union (EU) has launched a new programme called Building Disaster Resilience to Natural Hazards in Sub-Saharan African Regions, Countries and Communities. It provides  88 million (US$95 million) over the next five years and targets funding local climate research centres and help the continent prepare for natural disasters. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, African Union Commissioner for Rural economy and agriculture said, “Over the last decade, Africa lost about 700,000 lives to natural disasters such as floods and droughts (…) Addressing this requires predictable financial resources.” The programme focuses on five priority areas, including:  (i) climate research and data centres; (ii)  increasing regional coordination and disaster risk reduction monitoring; (iii) improving national capacity for disaster preparation; (iv) sharing knowledge on disaster risks to improve modelling; and (v) developing better financial strategies to deal with disasters when they strike.

Source: scidev.net