4th December 2012 – Renewables power in Africa and sustainable farming in Colombia are two of the innovative programmes to be funded by the UK, Edward Davey announced today as he arrived in Doha for the second week of the UN climate talks.
Ahead of an event entitled ‘Creating partnerships to close the gap’ at the British Embassy in Doha, the Secretary of State announced a package of support using the UK’s International Climate Fund to help developing countries to tackle climate change and to reduce poverty.
Secretary of State Edward Davey said:
“Climate change is a global threat and with every passing year, the nature and the extent of that threat grows clearer. We also recognise that the world’s poorest will be hit the hardest by the impacts of climate change and we need to help communities adapt to these challenges.
“Climate finance is fundamental to building resilience and capacity for countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Our focus will be on results that make a difference on the ground and we are working with a variety of partners, including developing countries, other donors organisations and the private sector to deliver this.
The package includes two programmes to help stimulate private sector investment to provide low carbon energy in Africa, a programme to reduce emissions from cattle ranching and support smallholder farmers in Colombia and a programme to help developing countries to develop strategies to reduce their emissions.
Edward Davey also announced that the UK will deliver the £1.5 billion pledge of Fast Start finance by December 2012 and that the UK was committed to delivering its fair share of the global long term goal to jointly mobilise $100 billion per year by 2020 of public and private finance in developing countries.
Source: Department of Energy and Cimate Change, press release, 04/12/2012