Flanders allocates €2.5 million for climate change measures in Mozambique

Summary

Flanders is providing €2.5 million to the UN’s World Food Programme and just over €1 million to the African Climate Change Fund

Vulnerable communities

As part of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the government of Flanders has pledged €2.5 million to the UN’s World Food Programme. The money comes from the Flemish Climate Fund and is earmarked specifically for measures to adapt to climate change in Mozambique.

Flanders focuses on southern Africa – specifically South Africa, Malawi and Mozambique – for its development spending. The €2.5 million will be distributed over three years to be used by programmes addressing climate change’s effect on some 80,000 people in Mozambique.

Another €1 million from Flanders’ Climate Fund will go to the African Climate Change Fund (ACCF). “The development opportunities in southern Africa are under intense pressure because of the consequences of climate change,” said Flemish minister-president Geert Bourgeois. “Not only is climate change more pronounced than in the Northern Hemisphere, developing countries are also much more dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods and income.”

16,000 households

The ACCF was founded in 2014 to support African countries in accessing international climate funds and in piloting innovative climate adaptation projects. Flanders was one of the first international donors to the fund.

Mozambique is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world when it comes to natural disasters. As climate change increases the likelihood and severity of drought and floods, its effect on the country could prove disastrous.

The UN’s World Food Programme is working towards improving 16,000 households’ resilience to climate change in two provinces in Mozambique. The goal is to make them self-reliant in the face of climate change.

Photo: Part of Mozambique was hard hit by Cyclone Kenneth last month

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