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Thursday, 05 September 2013

EU: €20m for a climate-resilient Pacific

The European Union (EU) will provide 20 million Euro to support the Pacific states in addressing the impacts of climate change and the urgent need to improve resilience to natural disasters, EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard announced at the occasion of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), which was held in Majuro (Marshall Islands) from 3-6 September 2013.
The financing will be part of the “ACP-EU Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific” programme, signed at the PIF. The forum was based on the theme "Marshalling the Pacific Response to the Climate Challenge."  
“For the Pacific people, climate change is not about a distant future. It has become the new normal. This programme will help the Pacific states in their efforts to adapt to this new climate reality.”, said Connie Hedegaard.
The programme is also supposed to improve the collection and use of science-based information for better awareness and understanding of natural hazard, education and training.

Source: The Jet (www.thejetnewspaper.com)