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Thursday, 25 August 2016

EU to fund plan to boost low emission in Africa

Africa’s bid to combat the potentially devastating consequences of climate change has received a major boost with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and European Union announcing plans to spend €3.42 million to bolster low-carbon, climate-resilient development on the continent. Climate change threatens to push millions of people in Africa into extreme poverty by 2030 as crop yields decline, water grows scarce, droughts intensify and food prices increase. Roughly 18 million people on the continent could be affected by floods every year as global warming rises. As climate change intensifies, it is essential that the continent takes steps to lower emissions and reduce the harm caused by climate change. To make this a reality, the EU will spend €3.42 million over three years on the Africa Low Emissions Development Strategy (LEDS) Planning, Modelling and Implementation project. The project will see the EU work closely with partners like the Africa LEDS Partnership (AfLP) and the LEDS Global Partnership to support Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) in Africa.

Source: today.ng