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EU, GIZ Support Climate Resilience, Energy Security in the Pacific

giz-eu9 May 2014: The EU and the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) have signed an agreement to support 15 Pacific island countries in adapting to climate change impacts through sustainable livelihoods and in reducing their dependence on fossil fuels. The €18.6 million agreement will fund the first of a three-part, €35 million programme on ‘Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy' (ACSE), designed to promote energy security at all levels.

The ACSE programme also aims to promote technologies and practices for climate adaptation for food security, coastal management and water security. At the signing of the agreement in Suva, Fiji, on 9 May 2014, Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade noted that climate change and resilience is a key priority in the region, and highlighted the need for development partners to “ensure their supporting efforts are properly coordinated and that their responses to country needs are delivered effectively.”

GIZ will act as the implementing partner for the agreement, which was designed in concert with PIFS, the Forum Island countries, and the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP). [Joint EU, GIZ Media Statement] [IISD RS Story on EU ACES Financing Agreement]