The GCCA+ Support Facility (SF) helps DG DEVCO/EuropAid and the EU Delegations to support partner countries (LDCs, SIDS and middle-income countries most vulnerable to climate change) in their efforts to implement national and regional climate actions. Technical assistance includes short-term, demand-driven and ad-hoc assignments that enable beneficiaries to fill a specific capacity gap which is currently preventing them from achieving their goals related to climate change adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk reduction. Assistance is flexible and varied, with the support being tailored to beneficiary needs.
Our team of technical and knowledge management experts is helping to make the GCCA+ an even stronger platform for policy dialogue and information exchange while, at the same time, providing an array of technical services, most of which are demand-driven.
Meet the GCCA+ Support Facility team
Christophe is Team Leader for the Support Facility and the main entry point for all requests. He has more than 20 years of experience of climate change and sustainable development issues, including leadership of large development programmes around the world. A French national with perfect command of English, he recently relocated to Europe from Mauritius where he worked for the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) coordinating their ISLANDS programme. In this role, Christophe’s main focus was to raise awareness of island issues and solutions within the region and all around the world. In a rare moment of free time, he enjoyed riding an old Chinese bike from Nairobi down to Cape Town.
Geraldo has 16 years’ experience of sustainable development and climate change issues, specialising in support to public institutions, result-based planning, and public policy implementation. This experience includes more than nine years with the European Commission. Geraldo lives in Valencia, surrounded by vibrant city life but he also managed remarkably well living a year in the remote Brakna and Tagant regions of Mauritania.
Guido has a PhD in climate change, natural resource management and environmental Economics from the Oregon State University, and a Master of Science in physics, biology and natural resource management from the University of Tasmania. He is an expert in the identification, formulation and implementation of projects and programmes, as well as having extensive knowledge of climate change adaptation and mitigation projects. Asked about a fun moment during his career, Guido recalls he once worked on a research vessel that got stuck in the Antarctic. While waiting a week to be rescued by Russian ice-breakers, he played football on the ice with his colleagues.
Communication And Knowledge Management Expert
Francesca brings high-level professional experience in political journalism and strategic communication with a focus on EU projects. She has 25 years of experience in journalism, a sound knowledge of complex international outreach programmes in emerging and developing countries on the main cooperation issues, and is fluent in English, French, German and Spanish, besides her native Italian. Francesca has a sound experience in the context of EU communication projects as a team leader and organisational director or communication expert, working intensively for the EU’s Neighbourhood region, but also Russia, Latin American and the ACP countries. She loves sailing and communicating difficult topics in a simple way. A passionate traveller, she is missing just four countries in her almost complete tour of all those along the shores of the Mediterranean.
Monica is a fully qualified lawyer specialising in climate, energy and transport topics. She has over 17 years of relevant international experience from living and working in the Balkan areas (Montenegro, Albania, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia), Central and South East Europe, India, Nepal, Africa and Thailand. She has worked for multilateral development banks, public bodies, foreign governments, ministries, UN donors and NGOs, drafting laws, strategies, policies, plans and programmes on energy, transport/infrastructure, climate change (mitigation and adaptation) and the environment. Monica supported several countries in preparing national communications (such as BUR, MRV, INDC, NDC, NAP, CDM, JI) as well as National Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). She is crazy about sailing and skiing and relaxes by playing the piano.
Karla Van Eynde
Karla graduated as a bio-engineer, specialising in forestry and water resources, and holds a postgraduate degree in applied environmental economics. She has worked in over 40 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and in the Pacific, in the technical fields of forestry, natural resource management and climate change. As for the Global Climate Change Alliance and its Support Facility, Karla’s contributions are mainly related to measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) and to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) aspects.
The Global Climate Change Alliance Support Facility+ is a technical assistance contracted to a consortium led by Stantec sa/nv, and composed of NIRAS Finland Oy, ESN, Euroconsult and Mott MacDonald. Stantec (previously MWH) is one of the world’s largest environmental and energy consultancy groups with a track record implementing successfully EU donor funded projects and the market leader for the management of complex Climate Change contracts such as the first phase of the GCCA or the INDC support to 10+ countries launched by the French Government and implemented by Stantec. The work is coordinated from the Stantec office in Brussels.