Green Climate Fund approves US$60m for climate change resilience projects in Africa

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AFRICA – The Green Climate Fund (GCF) board of directors has released US$60 million for four climate adaptation and mitigation projects in East and West Africa.

The decision was announced during its 27th meeting, held virtually from 9th to 13th November 2020.

The lion’s share, US$30 million or 50% of the total GCF allocation to Africa goes to the environmental organisation Acumen.

It is earmarked for Acumen’s energy access relief facility programme in sub-Saharan Africa.

The second funding will be managed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and is worth US$10 million aimed at improving climate information systems for resilient development in Liberia.

The other two financings are for an amount of US$9.9 million each.

“This climate financing will provide much-needed support to developing countries as the world responds to the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic at the same time”

Nauman Bashir Bhatti – Co-chair, GCF Board

One will be managed by IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) to finance resilient agriculture projects in the Imbo and Moso production basins in western and eastern Burundi respectively, while the other will be used in Sudan by the World Food Programme (FAO) to strengthen the adaptive capacity of local communities, restoring the carbon sink potential of the Gum Arabic Belt, and developing the Great Green Wall of Africa, the African Union’s flagship initiative to combat the effects of climate change and desertification in Africa.

A total of 16 climate adaptation and mitigation projects from developing countries were funded at the 27th meeting of the GCF Board for a total amount of US$1.01 billion.

That brings the total value of the current GCF portfolio worldwide to US$7.2 billion. 

“This climate financing will provide much-needed support to developing countries as the world responds to the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic at the same time,” said Nauman Bashir Bhatti, Co-Chair of the GCF Board.

This other major boost to climate finance for developing countries is also in line with the GCF’s mandate.

The GCF is the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the result of an agreement involving 194 governments and launched at the end of 2011.

It aims to make an ambitious contribution to achieving the international community’s mitigation and adaptation goals, with the goal of keeping the average global surface temperature rise below 2°C.

The GCF is the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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