Pro-Poor Climate Change Policies
Climate change is affecting all countries, but Least Developed Countries and other vulnerable developing countries are expected to be hit earliest and hardest. Africa will be affected particularly in terms of food security, sustainable water supplies and extreme weather phenomena such as floods, droughts and desertification. In an increasing number of African communities, countries and sub-regions, economies and livelihoods continue to decline due to desert encroachment related to climate change and land degradation.
The Africa-EU partnership on climate change could play an important role in developing effective responses to the multiple challenges of climate change.
However, thus far the Africa-EU partnership on climate change has delivered too limited additional value compared to what is needed. Thus it is considered necessary to outline the following demands in key areas.
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VENRO and Germanwatch publish study on climate change
Particularly in Africa, the effects of climate change can already be clearly felt today. In the future, too, the continent is going to be especially hard-hit by the impact of climate change, in spite of hardly having contributed to it. This is why urgent measures have to be taken to adapt to climate change. The biggest challenge for African countries is financing, for instance of technologies, for a successful adaptation process.
The Climate Partnership of the Africa-EU Strategy has set itself the goal of creating a common climate policy agenda. Over the last two years, the Partnership has developed goals and co-operation options for the dialogue in Copenhagen. However, it yet remains to come up with solutions to the issue of financing.
Germanwatch and VENRO therefore demand greater co-operation in the context of the Joint Africa-EU Partnership. Africa and Europe need to act in concert to ensure the success of adaptation to climate change.