As part of the World Bank's global commitment to climate change mitigation and adaptation, this operation will also support the assessment of the climate change impact of new regulations, as part of the implementation of a Regulatory Impact Assessment Framework, thus enabling policymakers to make quantitative assessments and informed decisions on climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives and related legislative and regulatory packages.
(Source: ARMENPress, 22 Nov., 2019) Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org
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The 4-year programme, which is intended to strengthen the capacity of SADC Member States to undertake climate change adaptation and mitigation interventions, will receive €8 million in funding from the 11th European Development Fund
The programme is a European Union flagship initiative aimed at helping the world's most vulnerable countries address climate change.
(Source: SADC Secretariat, PR, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: SADC, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, Dir., +267 395 1863, email@example.com,
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The two institutions will cooperate on supporting eligible TDB Member States to access Green Climate Fund resources to enable them to adapt to the changing climate and develop along a low-emission pathway.
The African TDB is a multilateral, treaty-based development financial institution, with assets of $6 billion and the mandate to finance and foster trade, regional economic integration and sustainable development through trade finance, project and infrastructure finance, asset management and advisory services. The Bank supports sustainable development, including the reduction of climate risks and expansion of clean energy -- in line with the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
(Source: Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, UN Environment Program, PR, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, Michael Awori, COO, www.tdbgroup.org; UNEP, www.unenvironment.org
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Aimed at identifying national level climate change adaptation and mitigation opportunities, the framework includes 17 categories of climate-related hazards most likely to "result in substantial risks to the nation's well being", including warmer temperatures, sea-level rise, ocean chemistry changes, increased fire risk and coastal erosion. It also includes the effect those hazards have on both physical and non-physical assets.
The framework is intended to "improve the ability of decision-makers to make informed decisions in the presence of inevitable and, in some cases, substantial and irreducible uncertainty" and to "improve other stakeholders' understanding and foster and support the broader public interests in the quality of the decision-making process," according to the Minister.
(Source: Radio New Zealand, 19 Sept., 2019)
Contact: National Climate Change Risk Assessment, www.mfe.govt.nz/climate-change/assessing-climate-change-risk
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The Strategy contains 31 individual adaptation actions covering governance and support, critical infrastructure and buildings, natural and cultural capital, water resources, flood risk management, and community services. These adaptation measures will be implemented over the next ten years to help cope with climate change.
The adoption of the Climate Adaptation Strategy 2019-2024 is mandated under the National Adaptation Framework, requiring all Local Authorities to have such a plan in place by the end of September 2019. (Source: City of Galway,
www.galwaycity.ie; National Adaptation Framework, www.dccae.gov.ie
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The PCCC was funded by the Government of Japan, through grant aid to the Government of Samoa, and financial support provided by the Government of New Zealand.
The 21 Pacific island member countries and territories of SPREP include: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna.
The five metropolitan members of SPREP are: Australia, France, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
(Source: Pacific Climate Change Centre, PR, 5 Sept., 2019)Contact: Pacific Climate Change Centre, www.sprep.org firstname.lastname@example.org
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While Trump downplayed, denied and generally ignored climate change, his Pentagon continued to follow a the task force's "climate change adaptation roadmap" to protect against catastrophic storms that put coastal bases at tremendous risk. For example, Naval Station Norfolk, in Virginia -- headquarters of the Atlantic Fleet -- sea levels have risen nearly 15 inches since World War I. The facility floods about 10 times annually, a number estimated to rise to 280 events per yearby the year 2100, according to a report by The Union of Concerned Scientists.
Former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and retired Marine Corp General and Trump Sec. of Defense James Mattis have warned against the possible catastrophic effects of climate change and the need to address it, relative to the military, but apparently to no avail. (Source: Navy Times, 27 Aug., 2019)
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Participating experts and relevant stakeholders discussed and defined necessary strategic investment criteria for prioritizing climate investments and a strategy to ensure a collective view of climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts success.
In their meetings, the FAO emphasized the importance of climate-smart agriculture, sustainable forest and other natural resources management, and collaboration with national and international partners to successfully mitigate climate change threats.
(Source: Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, PR, Tasnim, 6 Aug., 2019)
Contact: UN Food & Agriculture Organization, www.fao.org/home/en; Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran,
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The panel's report identifies the following areas of risk: agriculture and food, coastal communities, ecosystems, fisheries, forestry, geopolitical dynamics, governance and capacity, human health and wellness, Indigenous ways of life, northern communities, physical infrastructure, and water. The report outlines a multi-layered method of prioritizing adaptation measures based on an understanding of the risk, adaptation potential, and federal roles and responsibilities.
Download the report HERE. (Source: Council of Canadian Academies, Eric M. Meslin, PhD, CEO, Tijs Creutzberg 613-567-5000 ext. 232, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.scienceadvice.ca
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According to the GCF release, Ecuador the second country to receive financial resources from the GCF for having successfully reduced its deforestation and corresponding greenhouse gas emissions. The funding is expected to help in reducing emissions by 20 pct from the forest and land-use sector by 2025.
Bhutan, the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) and Timor-Leste -- among the Asia-Pacific region's most vulnerable countries to climate change -- received grants for climate adaptation initiatives. In Bhutan, with GCF funding over 118,000 people are expected to benefit from more sustainable land and water management, more climate-resilient agriculture and reliable climate-resilient irrigation schemes. In Timor-Leste, GCF funds will be used to "climate-proof" key rural infrastructure and improve policies and planning for a national response to the impacts of climate change.
With the approval of the four new projects, UNDP has supported a total of 23 countries to access more than $785.7 million in GCF finance for full-sized climate change projects.
The GCF supports developing countries efforts to respond to the challenge of climate change, limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change, and promote low-emission and climate-resilient development.
(Source: UN Development Programme, PR, July, 2019) Contact: UNDP, Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Executive Coordinator and Director, Global Environmental Finance, www.undp.org; Green Climate Fund, www.greenclimate.fund
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The report notes that $30.2 billion (70 pct) of the 2018 total was devoted to climate change mitigation investments that aim to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and slow down global warming. The remaining $12.9 billion (30 pct) was invested in climate change adaptation efforts to help address mounting impacts of climate change, including worsening droughts and more extreme weather events from extreme flooding to rising sea levels.
Since 2011, the six MDBS have committed nearly $237 billion in climate finance for developing and emerging economies. MDBs' climate finance aims to ensure that global financial flows are consistent with the Paris Climate Agreement.(Source: World Bank, Modern Diplomacy, June, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, Mehreen Sheikh,
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Of the total, $1.5 million will go to Kapawe'no First Nation in Narrows Point to design and install a renewable and eco-friendly forest biomass heating system that will help to reduce the community's reliance on diesel, cut energy costs and generate jobs. The project is funded through the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program.
$500,000 will be granted to The Rockies Institute in Canmore to bring together the best available Indigenous and scientific knowledge on forest fire management. The project will inform innovative practices for local, regional and provincial climate change adaptation.
The remaining $110,000 is awarded to Nu Ch'anie Society in Cold Lake to pursue various forest sector bioenergy-biomass business development activities. The three projects are funded through the Indigenous Forestry Initiative. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Biomass, May, 2019) Contact: Natural Resoures Canada Indigenous Forestry Initiative, www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/federal-programs/13125
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Facility partners include the German government and private sector companies, Rio Tinto and Anglo American. The Facility will also assist governments to build a robust policy, regulatory and legal framework that promotes climate-smart mining and creates an enabling environment for private capital. Facility projects may include:
The World Bank is targeting a total investment of $50 million, to be deployed over a 5-year timeframe. The Facility will focus on activities around four core themes: climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation; reducing material impacts and creating market opportunities, contributing to the decarbonization and reduction of material impacts along the supply chain of critical minerals needed for clean energy technologies.
(Source: World Bank Group, Modern Diplomacy, May, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group,
Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice, www.worldbank.org
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Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of $300,000 to University of New Brunswick (UNB) for a climate change adaptation project focused on the socio-economic costs and benefits of adapting to climate-induced changes, such as drought and wind, in Atlantic Canada's forests. Findings from this analysis will help those in the forest sector and communities, including Indigenous peoples, plan and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.
(Source: Natural Resources Canada, News Release, April, 2019) Contact: NRC, Vanessa Adams,
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources
(343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca
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Under this Agreement, OCBC Bank and Sinosure will study projects and investment opportunities together, leveraging each other's experience and channels to boost economic, trade and investment cooperation between the People's Republic of China and Singapore.
Sinosure will provide the insurance coverage with respect to OCBC Bank's financing activities of these sustainable projects or other qualifying projects. (Source: OCBC Bank, The Asset, 9 April, 2019) Contact: OCBC Bank, www.ocbc.com; Sinosure, www.sinosure.com.cn/en
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The funding is aimed at helping African countries manage the risks of a changing climate while unlocking new investment opportunities. The IFC and MIGA, the Group's private sector arms, will also grow their climate activities in Africa.
More than half of the $22.5bn financing will be devoted to supporting adaptation and resilience in Africa. This year, for example, the World Bank will provide the government of Ethiopia with a results-based support program for adaptation and resilience, the largest done by the World Bank ever in Africa. The new operation, which is currently under preparation, will provide $500 million for results in improved watershed management and land administration systems.
In addition, the World Bank, will carry out intensive Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) engagements with Rwanda and Kenya, under the framework of the NDC Partnership, and with generous support from Germany's BMZ. The engagements will help accelerate the implementation of, and raise the level of ambition for, their NDCs by supporting systematic mainstreaming and institutionalization of climate adaptation and mitigation across and within key development sectors and governance levels.
(Source: World Bank Group, africanews.com, 14 Mar., 2019)
Contact: World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org
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The fund, which invests the revenues of Norway's oil and gas production, has also developed in-house software that uses non-financial data, such as CO2 emissions, and trading and earnings data to project future company performance. In 2018, the new software reportedly helped 30 companies complete informed divestments Two of the 30 divested companies were involved in palm oil; one in rubber; ten in coal-based power; and one in "CO2 intensity".
In 2018, the Norwegian fund emitted 107 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents via its ownership stakes -- roughly twice the amount emitted by Norway in 2017 -- according to the fund's recently release annual report. (Source: Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, Reuters, euronews, Feb., 2019)Contact: Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, Yngve Slyngstad,
The funding is intended to support Samoans most at risk given their strong dependency on natural resources for their livelihoods, while often living in fragile ecosystems throughout the island country. our planet's most pressing environmental problems.
Since its founding, the GEF has provided over $17.9 billion in grants and mobilized an additional $93.2 billion in co-financing for more than 4500 projects in 170 countries. Today, the GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global climate change and other environmental issues, according to the GEF website.
(Source: Global Environment Facility, Samoa Observer, 24 November 2018) Contact: Global Environment Facility, www.thegef.org
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The funded activities include recovery of 140,000 ha of degraded land; construction of 209 water conveyance infrastructure for agro-pastoral systems and fish farming; leveraging on the livestock and aquaculture compacts of the Technologies for African Agriculture Transformation (TAAT). The program will also touch on implementing 450 agricultural value chain development sub-projects; building climate change adaptation capacity for 1,000,000 households and operationalize a financing mechanism for natural resource management.
The Niger Basin Authority member states include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Chad. (Source: ADB, All Africa, 7 Nov., 2018) Contact: ADB, www.afdb.org/en
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According to Osei-Darkwa, "Projects such as smart-agriculture, afforestation and restoration of vital ecosystems would help combat climate change." Osei-Darkwa added that his not-for-profit NGO has established the Green Republic Project to plant more than 20 million trees by the year 2028 to absorb atmospheric CO2.
(Source: Youth Icons Ghana Ghanaian Times, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact:
Youth Icons Ghana, +233 (0) 264 268 686,
+233 (0) 277 268686, email@example.com,
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The city's 10-year action plan aims to mitigate the effects of increasing weather extremes and a changing climate by reducing the city's overall greenhouse-gas emissions and adapt to changes already seen and recorded in the local climate. The plan is expected to be activated in 2019, following a 2-year consultation and planning process.
Mississauga climate data suggests the city can expect 20 to 30 pct more ice storms, three to four degree warmer winters, 44 millimetres more precipitation during the spring and fall, 20 millimetres more snowfall in the winter, 20 to 37 pct more intense rainfalls, 20 to 32 days of more heat waves, and 24 more days in the growing season.
Forty-two per cent of the city's GHG emissions come from heating buildings, followed by transportation.
(Source: City of Mississauga, Mississauga News, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: City of Mississauga, Michael Cleland, Dir. Environment,
Julius Lindsay, Climate Change Specialist, 905-615-4311, www.mississauga.ca
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The MoU is in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as well as the European Union and Indonesia's climate action agendas.
The focus of the European Investment Bank's operations on climate mitigation and adaptation will provide additional opportunities for important projects for low carbon development, resilient cities and infrastructures.
(Source: Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia, DevDiscourse, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia, +62 021-319 6207, www.bappenas.go.id; EIB, www.eib.org
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The FAO report -- Impacts of Climate Change on Fisheries and Aquaculture: Synthesis of Current Knowledge, Adaptation and Mitigation Options -- warns that if countries do not increase their efforts to build climate resilience at multiple stakeholder levels, including among fisheries, the disruptions will worsen as climate change progresses over the next three decades.
At the national level, climate change adaptation activities within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement) are set out in countries' five-year Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
The report found that within the Western Central Atlantic a total of 24 independent nations have submitted NDCs, of which 14 (mostly the Caribbean SIDS) specifically mention the fisheries sector, though primarily in the context of highlighting its vulnerability to climate change. (Source: UN FOA, Caribbean360, July 25, 2018) Contact: UN Food and Agriculture Organization, www.fao.org/home/en
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Namibia, one of the most vulnerable countries when it comes to climate change, is committed to the implementation of the COP Paris Agreement on climate change and has
committed to climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies and targets in various sectors such as energy, waste, agriculture and forestry.
(Source: Namibian, 29 May, 2018)
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Under the 28 member trading bloc's current budget, $246.7 billion -- 20 pct of the budget -- is presently being spent out to 2020 on combating climate change through investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental protection, and other carbon reduction schemes.
(Source: European Commission, EuroStat, EU Newsroom, 6 May, 2018)Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu
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Among the recipients,
EOS Eco-Energy Inc. will receive $45,000 for the Tantramar Climate Change Week, the Tantramar Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative, and to address climate-related stress workshop series.
Community Forests International has been granted $60,000 for its Climate Smart Forestry: Designing Adaptive Silviculture for the Acadian Forest project aimed at increasing carbon sequestration and adaptation to climate change.
Additionally, the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) will receive $40,000 for a project called Cultivating Climate Resilience in New Brunswick..
Nature NB has been granted $30,000 to undertake activities in Port Elgin and Bathurst that will demonstrate the integration of nature-based solutions into municipal climate change adaptation planning.
(Source: NB Environmental Trust Fund, Sackville Tribune, 1 May, 2018) Contact: NB Environmental Trust Fund, http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/services/services_renderer.13136.Environmental_Trust_Fund.html
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According to the Ministry, only 10 pct of the necessary funds can be sourced domestically. Fully 90pct of the needed funds will be raised from multilateral and bilateral sources in line with Article 4 of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) particularly the principle of common but differentiated responsibility.
Namibia (pop. 2.587 million) has committed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 89 pct by 2030. (Source: Namibia NewEra, 1 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Development Bank of Southern Africa, www.dbsa.org; Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism, +264 61 284 2333, www.met.gov.na; UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int
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The investment, which covers 10 projects in Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Spain and Sweden, will mobilize investments leading to an additional €2 billion, as Member States can make use of other EU funding sources.
The 10 projects have a total budget of €182.2 million, of which €29.4 million is earmarked for
2 projects specific to climate change adaptation. (Source: European Commission, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy https://ec.europa.eu
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As California continues to experience rising average temperatures, destructive fires, higher sea levels, and extreme precipitation events, the plan lays out 69 recommendations across 11 sectors and more than 1,000 ongoing actions and next steps developed by scientific and policy experts across 38 state agencies.
Download the Safeguarding California Plan. HERE.
California climate change adaptation efforts can be found HERE. (Source: California Natural Resources Agency,, 29 Jan., 2018) Contact: California Natural Resources Agency, John Laird, Secretary, (916) 653-5656, http://resources.ca.gov
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The Long-Term Infrastructure Plan states that, starting in 2019, lifecycle analysis -- a method for calculating the lifetime environmental impact of a product or service -- will be implemented as a way to support evidence-based infrastructure decisions. Lifecycle analysis helps ensure that infrastructure investments deliver maximum economic, social and environmental value.
(Source: Cement Association of Canada, PR, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Cement Association of Canada, Lyse Teasdale, Director, Communications, Cement Association of Canada, Michael McSweeney, Pres., CEO, (613) 236-9471, ext 211, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cement.ca
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The plan will highlight the need for enhanced mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement under which Jordan pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 14 pct by 2030, and to double the proportion of renewable energy in its total energy mix by 2020.
Jordan's 2013-2020 Jordan Climate Change Policy suggests that the country will witness a 1 to 4 degree C increase in temperatures and a 15 to 60 pct decrease in precipitation. Both changes could have a devastating impact on the Kingdom's natural ecosystems, river basins, watersheds and biodiversity.
(Source: Jordan Times, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Jordan Director of Climate Change , Ministry of Environment, +962 6 556 0113, www.moenv.gov.jo/en/pages/default.aspx
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Funding for the committee's recommendations has not yet been earmarked.
(Source: SF Gate, Beaumont Enterprise, Others, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Alaskan Gov. Bill Walker, https://gov.alaska.gov
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On June 19, 30 CGIAR scientists, representing seven CGIAR Centers and six CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs), exchanged recent research findings and identified priorities for a future research agenda on soil carbon and climate change. CGIAR's current soil carbon and climate change work includes:
The regulations are intended to ensure the Commonwealth achieves the greenhouse gas emissions limits for 2020, required by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. The final regulations lay out an approach to reduce GHG emissions from multiple sectors to 25 pct below 1990 emissions levels and an 80 pct reduction by 2050.
The regulations address CO2 emissions; reducing methane emissions from natural gas distribution mains and services; increasing clean energy through the development of a clean energy sandard; reducing CO2 missions from electric power plants; cutting sulfur hexafluoride emissions from gas-insulated switchgear; and others.
The Executive Order also directs the state to begin planning for climate change adaptation and working with communities statewide state to assess vulnerability and build resiliency to address climate change impacts.
Access the MassDEP final rules HERE. (Source: Mass DEP, Aug., 2017) Contact: MassDEP, Martin Suuberg, Dir., (617) 292-5500, www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/about
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The Seychelles Global Climate Change Alliance Project was established by the European Union in 2007 and funded with €285 million for the period 2008 to 2013 to help the small island nation adapt to climate change. A major component of the Seychelles project concerns the implementation of coastal climate change adaptation in risk-prone areas. These activities, which will be implemented by the United National Development Programme (UNDP), include an integrated Shoreline management plan, hydrological and topographic studies on flood buffering and salinization control measures, and the restoration of wetlands as a sustainable means to reduce flood risks. The project is expected to run until 2019.
To-date, similar EU programmes have supported more than 70 initiatives in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Pacific and Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. In light of its success, the European Union has allocated an additional envelope of €350 million for the programme for the period 2014-2020.
(Source: EU, Feb. 22, 2017)
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