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The GCCA+ flagship initiative approved new funding worth €30 million for climate programmes in Rwanda, Cambodia, Niger, Mali, the Seychelles, and Pacific islands highlighting Europe’s support for countries most vulnerable to climate change.

Arias Cañete, the EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, announced the new funding at the GCCA+ Side Event held on December 8th 2014 in Lima, Peru: “Together with its Member States, the EU has for long been the world's leading provider of climate finance support to developing countries and remains committed to further delivery,” he said.

The GCCA+ is built on two pillars –policy dialogue and technical & financial support- and has more than 50 programmes either ongoing or about to be launched in 38 countries across 8 regions, as well as one global programme. The GCCA+ envelope is set to allocate €370 million by 2020, with a priority focus on small island developing states (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs).

“The additional funding contributes to strengthen the delivery of the GCCA+ objectives, helping the most vulnerable to overcome the overarching challenges posed by climate change,” said Laura Giappichelli -Policy Officer at the GCCA+, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (Devco)- in a recent interview.

“In the years since its establishment, the GCCA has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience relating to dealing with climate change adaptation and mitigation. The GCCA+ is a unique platform to exchange experiences and good practices on climate change,” she said.

The funding is distributed through various programmes across the world. In Rwanda, for example, a project has recently been allocated €4 million to help create an improved environment for sustainable investments through increased capacities of central and local governments.

In the Seychelles, the objective of a GCCA+ programme is to contribute to the implementation of the Seychelles National Climate Change Strategy by strengthening the climate change sector policy framework and supporting adaptation to climate change in coastal areas.

Likewise, Cambodia, a country that remains extremely vulnerable to climate change despite its growing economy, has received further GCCA+ support through an additional funding of €6 million to improve climate change mainstreaming into policies and development plans. The GCCA+ Cambodia Programme will also support the development of capacity among various stakeholders and implementing partners to mobilize and manage climate finance.