HARARE, The European Union has made available a 7.1 million Euro grant to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) to implement climate change resilience programmes in member countries.
The funding is part of the larger Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Intra-African, Caribbean and Pacific programme worth 70 million Wuro to be dispersed among ACP countries and regions.
The EU established the GCCA in 2007 to strengthen dialogue and co-operation with developing countries, in particular the least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS).
It started its work in just four pilot countries. Today it has a budget of more than Euro 300 million and is one of the most significant climate initiatives in the world.
The GCCA supports 51 programmes around the world and is active in 38 countries, eight regions and sub-regions and at the global level.
In a statement received here Monday, Comesa said the programme was being funded by the 11th European Development Fund. "This programme is a successor of Intra-ACP GCCA Programme funded with a grant of Euro 4.0 million from the 10th European Development Fund and was implemented from July 2010 to December 2014," it said.
"The overall objective of the proposed action is to increase the resilience of the Comesa region to climate change and achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals in particular Goal 13 in order to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development."
SDG 13 seeks to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK