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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) says it will implement an Euro 12.8 million (One Euro =US$1.29 cents) project later this year to address to address ecosystems-based adaptation. The CCCCC said the project will be carried out under an agreement with the German Development Bank (KfW) that seeks to protect the region’s extensive coastal resources through a combination of ecosystems-based adaptation and environmental engineering approaches.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

For the first time since the Fukushima disaster, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing ambitious climate targets, and plans to promote climate-friendly strategies worldwide at the annual Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin. EurActiv Germany reports. "A turnaround is needed – worldwide," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking at the Fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue on Tuesday (15 July).  Speaking in Berlin, Merkel quickly made it clear she intends  to motivate a greater commitment to climate change mitigation. It is important to provide for a wide spectrum of commitments, she said.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Green Climate Fund will be launched later this year, but India, China and, perhaps more surprisingly, the European Commission, will not contribute to its capitalisation. France promised to contribute, and called on its partners to do the same. EurActiv France reports. The capitalisation of the Green Climate Fund is under way, but without the EU. The first roundtable talks will be over by late 2014, but the European Commission will not be present. Due to governance issues, it has refused to contribute to the fund, which aims to help developing countries deal with climate change.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The president of Kiribati, an island nation in the Pacific ocean, recently purchased eight square miles of land about 1,200 miles away on Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second-largest island. Like other Pacific Island nations, including Tuvalu and the Maldives, Kiribati is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change — especially sea level rise. In certain areas around these islands sea level is rising by 1.2 centimeters a year, about four times more than the global average. Within decades significant chunks risk submersion. Kiribati president Anote Tong is well aware of this, saying of the purchase, “we would hope not to put everyone on [this] one piece of land, but if it became absolutely necessary, yes, we could do it.”

Friday, 04 July 2014

The European Commission and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that lays the foundation for continued collaboration on environment and climate change issues. Under the MOU, the European Commission and UNEP and will engage in more targeted cooperation on such areas as climate change, green economy, biodiversity and the new mercury convention. The MOU outlines the cooperation the two parties will undertake to protect the environment and prevent climate change, in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication goals. The agreement is one response to the outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), held in June 2012.

Wednesday, 02 July 2014

Today and tomorrow, European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and Ministers from 16 ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) countries will co-sign the first National Indicative Programmes under the 11th European Development Fund for the period 2014-2020 in Nairobi (Kenya). The signing ceremony will take place in the margins of the meeting of the Joint Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and the EU, in Nairobi.

Friday, 20 June 2014

The EU will grant Sh52 billion to Kenya in order to fund transport and agriculture. National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and EU development commissioner Andris Piebalgs, will sign an agreement on Thursday 19th June. The funds will be spent to improve Nairobi’s public transport infrastructure. The goal is to fight congestion, increase food production, improve drought management and governance. Ethiopia, Tanzania and Somalia are also expected to sign this kind of agreements with the EU as part of the 11th European Development Fund.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The EU launch of the Samoa UN Conference on Small Island Developing States took place on Tuesday 10 June in the European Parliament. The topic covered by the event was the  role for the EU in the Samoa UN Conference on Small Island Developing States. Connie Hedegaard (EU Commissioner for Climate Action) and  Fatumanava Pa'olelei Luteru (EU Ambassador Samoa) made presentations on the topic. H.E. Ronny Jumeau (Ambassador for Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles) also gave a speech.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The European Union has released Sh 500 million for the counties experiencing poor rains in order to prevent food shortage. The money will be channeled through the National Drought Management Agency. Head of Development at the EU in Kenya, Erik Habers, said the funds will be immediately send to 23 arid and semi-arid counties with the aim of reducing the impact of unusually low rainfall on livestock and livelihoods.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The fifth African water week opened Monday in Dakar, gathering delegations from several African and European countries and international non-governmental organizations operating in the domain of water and sanitation. During the meeting, participants will discuss the current situation and make recommendations for a better access to water and sanitation within the framework of the UN post-2015 development programme.