EU offers Euro 5 million funding for climate change actions in Laos (25/07/2012)

The European Union has made available €5 million to finance climate change projects initiated by civil society organizations public sector operators, local authorities and international organizations with expertise and engagement in climate change related fields in Laos through a Call for Proposals.

The funding is under the EU initiated Global Climate Change Alliance Programme (GCCA), launched in 2007 to strengthen national and international dialogue and cooperation on climate change between the European Union (EU) and developing countries most vulnerable to climate change. The programme aims at supporting both, work at policy level with the newly established Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MONRE) and other government agencies, and concrete support at community level to pilot sustainable and climate resilient land use approaches and adapted farming systems.

Speaking at an information session organised in Vientiane for more than 35 potential applicants, EU Chargé d'Affaires Mr Michel Goffin said:"This financial assistance reflects the EU long-lasting commitment and its leading roles in fighting climate change through sustainable adaptation, mitigating its effects and enhancing cooperation with all countries in this significant and global challenge. Mitigating and adapting to climate change doesn't know any borders between countries; it is a global public good that we need to address everywhere, also in Laos. And for that, we need the cooperation of every actor, not only government officials, but also civil society organizations, multilateral agencies and local authorities."

Under this call for proposals, projects can be in areas related to climate change adaptation; sustainable management of natural resources including forestry; disaster risk reduction, and mainstreaming climate change into poverty reduction strategies.

Lao PDR is becoming increasingly active in the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) process and will enhance its capacity to mainstream Climate Change (CC) into other policies through its participation in the GCCA programme, added Mr Goffin.

Under this call for proposals, interested and eligible applicants are invited to submit only Concept Notes and then the pre-selected candidates will be invited to submit a full application form for final selection to receive an EU grant.

The full guidelines for applicants are available for consultation at the following internet site: http://www.dellao.ec.europa.eu

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For more information please contact Mr. Anousa Kounnavong at 021 241134