EU mobilises €31 million to support green transition and reinforce coordination in tackling climate change in Africa

Today, the European Union announced €31 million for two new programmes signed with the African Union to address climate change in Africa. These programmes will support the green transition and reinforce cooperation at continental level. Using data from the EU Copernicus programme, the Intra-ACP Climate Services and Related Applications Programme will focus on transforming existing climate data into easily accessible, timely and user-friendly information. This will improve the decision-making processes in sectors such as agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction, health, and water management, as well as strengthen the resilience of most vulnerable communities. The second programme, the Intra-ACP Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+), will promote the African voice in the international climate negotiations and improve the capacity of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Economic Community of Central Africa States (ECCAS) to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change. Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, said: “Addressing climate change is at the core of Africa-EU relations. In the face of growing climate related disaster losses and risks worldwide, we are strongly engaging with our African partners to strengthen resilience. Working together, we will be able to enhance the socio-economic benefits of climate action and invest in the future of our young generation.” More information is available in the website of the Africa-EU Partnership.