5 Sep 2013

EU gives US$26m climate aid to Pacific

7:21 pm on 5 September 2013

The European Union says it will provide 26 million US dollars to support the Pacific states in addressing the impacts of climate change and the urgent need to improve resilience to natural disasters.

The commitment was formalised at the Pacific Islands Forum in the Marshall Islands by the European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, and the head of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Jimmie Rodgers.

Ms Hedegaard says for the Pacific people climate change is not about a distant future but has become the new normal.

The programme is the Pacific component of the cooperation with the European Union on Disaster Risk Reduction.