Together with Wallonia and Brussels, Flanders donates 11 million to the Adaptation Fund. This was announced by Minister Schauvliege on 17 November at the Climate Conference in Marrakesh. The Flemish contribution to the Adaptation Fund is 6,25 million euro. This international UN fund supports developing countries in adapting to climate change.
The contribution is in addition to the decision of the Government of Flanders of 18 November to allocate 5 million for three innovative climate projects in Africa.
- The World Food Programme (WFP) aims at breaking the cycle of extreme food shortage in Malawi by providing climate-related aid prevention. Through appropriate climate and agricultural information services, farmers can take the necessary measures to safeguard their crops in changing weather conditions. Flanders grants 2,5 million euro to this project.
- The African Climate Change Fund (ACCF) helps African countries to raise sufficient climate finance. Through this grant of 2 million euro for climate finance readiness in these countries, Flanders helps getting millions of dollars in international climate finance to those African countries suffering the biggest climate needs.
- The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) develops with Flemish support (500.000 euro) an online searchable map with the characteristics of the upper soil layer in Malawi. This will allow Malawian farmers and policymakers to optimize their activities (fertilization, applying agroforestry, choice of crops, ...) to the local soil health, which increasingly changes due to climate change.
Developing countries contribute the least to climate warming but feel the biggest impact. During the past climate summits the international community promised to annually mobilize $ 100 billion for developing countries and their struggle with the consequences of climate change.
The Flemish contribution for 2016 supporting these three projects combined with the commitment to the Adaptation Fund add up to 11,25 million euro. Funding comes from the Flemish Climate Fund, which is financed via European Emission Trading. In total, Flanders will contribute 14,5 million euro to international climate finance this year.
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