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Monday, 16 October 2017

Madagascar is amongst the countries most vulnerable to climate change. In spite of efforts in terms of implementation of national adaptation and mitigation policies, there remains much to be done to fight the adverse effects on the population: increase in temperature and sea levels, the frequency of natural disasters such as cyclones and floods or atmospheric pollution. This is why the European Union has contributed 8 million euros to the Ministry of Environment, Ecology and Forests to help reinforce actions against climate change.

Climate change is a threat to the livelihoods of millions in the Caribbean region that rely on sectors such as agriculture and tourism to survive. The Métropole Haïti radio newsroom suggests this interesting article on the various manifestations of climate change in the region. “The future of our planet looks pretty bleak. The latest report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a dire picture: climate change is here to stay, and we are not doing enough to prepare ourselves.

EU Biodiversity for Life (B4Life) marks a change in the way the EU provides support to protect biodiversity in developing countries. In the face of the growing global threats to biodiversity, it provides for more resources, strengthened capacity and better coordination with partners.  B4Life is one of EuropeAid’s new flagship initiatives, designed to encourage broad, cross-sector partnerships to tackle major development challenges. For B4Life, this means addressing the related challenges of protecting biodiversity and building sustainable livelihoods in a green economy.

Monday, 26 May 2014

The Cook Islands, Palau and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) have finalised key national governance and resilience planning milestones. This gives these countries a strategic perspective on priorities to address disaster-related risks under the European Union-funded project EDF 10 ACP EU: Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The Netherlands delegation briefed the Council on the progress to establish an alliance on climate-smart agriculture. A roadmap for the setting up of such an alliance was agreed at the 3rd global conference on agriculture, food and nutrition security and climate change in Johannesburg on 3-5 December 2013. The alliance for climate-smart agriculture will be launched at the Climate Summit in New York on 23 September 2014 (9786/14).

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Fifteen Pacific island countries will benefit from a project supporting vulnerable nations in the region to adapt to the impacts of climate change, through promoting sustainable livelihoods and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. The Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (ACSE) programme will also promote energy security solutions at national, provincial and community levels. The programme will include interventions to implement appropriate adaptation practices and technologies in food security, coastal management, water security, and improving access to energy.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Cattle farmers in Arusha, Manyara and Morogoro regions are the latest beneficiary of the collaboration between the Tanzania’s Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB). They have been working together to improve pastoral production through innovative value chain approaches in breeding, feeding and health care. The project comes under the programme for Enhancing Pro-poor Innovations in Natural Resources and Agricultural Value –chains (Epinav) which started in 2011 and is expected to end next year.The principal objective of the Epinav programme is to address up-scaling of proven technologies and promote adoption of agriculture and natural resources to the effects of Climate Change.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The European Union and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have signed a financing agreement totalling approximately EC$39.5 million (EUR 10.6 million) to support Climate Change activities in OECS Member States. Specifically the project is designed to support the efforts of OECS Member states in protecting their natural resource base, which is so vital to their economies, as it relates to the present and future impact of Climate Change. It will also enhance the OECS's Secretariat and Members States' capacity to undertake sustainable land management policies and will finance climate change adaptation pilot projects in each OECS Member State.

Monday, 12 May 2014

The EU commissioners dealing with development cooperation and humanitarian aid have pledged more work on “resilience”, defined as the ability of individuals and communities to recover from shocks and stresses. The idea has become more prominent in development discussions in Brussels, as policymakers have searched for ways to mitigate the expected effects of climate change. Many of the world’s most vulnerable people have been buffered or seen their livelihoods destroyed by extreme weather events, such a typhoon in the Philippines last year, Haiyan, and severe flooding in Bangladesh.

Tuesday, 06 May 2014

At a gathering in Abuja at the weekend to launch Nigeria's national climate change agricultural resilience framework, representatives of international organisations operating in the countrypraised the Federal Government for leading the way in developing a landmark framework to address challenges associated with climate change. First to give his commendation in a goodwill message was Mr. Daouda Toure, Resident Co-ordinator of United Nations Systems in Nigeria, who hailed the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, for setting up the Advisory Committee on Agricultural Resilience in Nigeria (ACARN) in December 2013.