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Monday, 28 February 2011

Climate change: Piebalgs in Vanuatu to launch €25.4 million worth projects

Between 3 and 4 March, 2011, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will participate in Conference on Climate Change in Vanuatu and sign an Action Plan to enhance Pacific-EU cooperation on climate change. Some of the small Pacific islands are under the threat to disappear. They dramatically need increased aid. Commissioner Piebalgs will call upon EU member states and other international partners and donors to engage politically and financially in addressing climate change challenges faced by Pacific Countries and Territories. The Commissioner will also sign four programmes which show EU determination to combat climate change in the Pacific for €25.4 million in total. Two of them cover specifically Vanuatu and Solomon Islands climate resilience specific needs. One will support strategic actions on adaptation in 9 Pacific Small Island states and prepare those countries to absorb efficiently the expected international climate fast start funds. The second regional project, to be implemented by the University of South Pacific, seeks to strengthen capacity building, community engagement and adaptive actions along with applied research.

Source: European Commission

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