EU commits €350m to tackle climate change

The European Comission has pledged €350 million (£250m) to tackle climate change in developing countries. It will be made available until 2020 under a new phase under the Global Climate […]

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The European Comission has pledged €350 million (£250m) to tackle climate change in developing countries.

It will be made available until 2020 under a new phase under the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA).

The new phase is called the Global Change Alliance plus (GCCA+) which is expected to become one of Europe’s key tools to assist the world’s most vulnerable developing countries in addressing global climate change

One of the projects called  ‘GCCA Bhutan’  supports the country in enhancing the resilience of rural households to the effects of climate change and the readiness of the renewable natural resources.

The second is helping the Chololo ecovillage in Dodoma, Tanzania. It aims to strengthen the capacity of vulnerable rural communities in semi-arid areas of Central Tanzania to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change.

The announcement comes ahead of the COP21 conference, when global leaders from around the world will gather in Paris in December 2015 to reach an agreement on tackling climate change.

EU Commissioner International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said: “It is a top priority for the EU to assist the most vulnerable countries in their efforts to adapt to climate change and at the same time to transit to green and sustainable economies.”

Finance ministers were recently urged to increase their efforts for COP21.