EU commits $25m climate support in Pacific

THE European Union (EU) has committed $25 million (€10 million) for the Pacific region under a joint initiative to assist in adapting to the challenges of climate change and increasing resilience.

The contribution was announced by the European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica at the One Planet Summit in New York.

As climate change and protection of biodiversity call for stronger joined-up actions, the EU, France, Australia and New Zealand are launching a joint initiative to build an international collation to help the Pacific region adapt to these challenges and to increase resilience.

“The Pacific region is home to more than 12 million people, and although their contribution to climate change is minimal, they suffer the consequences greatly,” Mr Mimica said.

“The Pacific also hosts an important part of the world’s biodiversity, which is increasingly endangered.”

Mr Mimica added with the EU’s $25m contribution to the joint initiative, they were renewing their commitment to help protect the region from climate change and its impacts on biodiversity, livelihoods and the environment.

The contribution will finance projects in areas such as climate change adaptation and mitigation, ocean governance (including sustainable fisheries and aquaculture) and the environment (including waste management, biodiversity and eco-tourism).

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