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Saturday, 17 March 2018

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.

Monday, 28 April 2014

A new gateway to climate change knowledge relating to Africa, the AfriCAN Climate Portal, is launched. AfriCAN Climate is a project co-funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme. The project was launched by a consortium of 5 African and 5 European organisations - Enda Energie, FANRPAN, University of the Witwatersrand, World Agroforestry Centre, ICPAC/IGAD, Imperial College, P.A.U Education, UNEP Riso Centre and Practical Action - and runs from October 2011 to September 2014. Its objective is to encourage project developers and stakeholders to learn and benefit from Africa’s challenges and success stories.

Friday, 25 April 2014

The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Intra-ACP Programme is holding its Second Regional Technical Meeting (RTM) on 5, 6 and 7th May, 2014 in Brussels at the ACP House. This meeting will explore ways to improve the exchange of information, synergies, cooperation and coordination among the regions and between the regions and the ACP Secretariat.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

On the occasion of the EU-Africa Summit, EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, the President of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) Binilith Mahenge, and the African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture Rhoda Tumusiime hosted a ministerial climate seminar in Brussels on 1 April 2014.

Thursday, 03 April 2014

In the framework of the Program, the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction is launching from 10 March to 7 April a Call for Proposals in specific fields of Disaster Risk Reducation (DRR) in the ACP countries. The objectives, budget, implementation modalities, eligibility and evaluation criteria of the Call are outlined in the guidelines below.

Stage 1 applications should be submitted to by 7 April, 2014.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The International Year of Small Island Development States (SIDS) was officially launched on 24 February 2014. The European Union acknowledges that SIDS face common challenges and experience specific vulnerabilities across the economic, social and environmental dimensions. They are all greatly affected by climate change and confronted with rising sea levels, and face frequent natural and man-made disasters. There are twenty-three (23) SIDS in the Caribbean Region. The EU and EU member states are the largest donors of grant aid to the region and a major trade and cultural partner.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Representatives from government, international organizations, climate science and farmer organizations met at a three-day workshop to share experiences on how development and implementation of national climate change policies, strategies and action plans have interacted with the adoption of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in Africa.

The first meeting of the Environment Council of the EU under the Greek Presidency discussed, inter alia: climate change; genetically-modified organisms (GMOs); the Annual Growth Survey 2014, including how to improve the uptake of green economy priorities in national reform programmes; and a clean air programme for Europe.  Regarding climate change, the Council addressed: ‘A policy framework on climate and energy for the period 2020-2030;' and the need to prepare for negotiations of a new global climate agreement. Regarding ratification of the Kyoto Protocol's second commitment, ratification in early 2015 was suggested in order to enhance the credibility of the EU and its member States in the UN climate negotiations.