In commemorating Europe Day, the European Union (EU) officially launched its €35-million climate action programme Euroclima in the Caribbean region.
This launch follows October’s Ministerial meeting, where EU Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen and Caribbean Ministers agreed to put just green transition at the core of the partnership between the EU and the Caribbean region. The launch took place at Walkers Reserve, an eco-forest located on the east coast of the country, which is also a centre for regenerative agriculture, further highlighting the focus and commitments of Euroclima.
Euroclima is the EU’s flagship programme for green action to all 33 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and will contribute to the implementation of the Global Gateway Investment Agenda in the region. Global Gateway is the EU’s offer to bridge the infrastructure investment gap by using public financing to leverage private capital and investment for projects that contribute to the green and digital twin transition.
After over a decade of successful implementation in Latin America, Euroclima evolves into a stronger and modernised version of the EU and LAC partnership. The Programme will also strategically strengthen the long-standing EU-LAC relationship, by implementing flexible and tailored actions involving a broader range of thematic and stakeholders´ scopes from both sides of the Atlantic. This includes a greater emphasis on addressing biodiversity loss and adoption of circular economy principles.
The Programme aims at increasing resilience to climate change of ecosystems and vulnerable communities, including women, youth, and indigenous populations through the implementation of demand-driven actions. Dialogues with the partner countries are ongoing and is the first step in the process of co-creating concrete actions to tackle key development areas that are identified.
To support this work, Euroclima welcomes the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as a new Implementing Agency (IA) that along with Agence Francaise de Developpement (French Development Agency), Expertise France and The German Development Agency (GIZ), will continue to support climate action in the Caribbean. The Spanish Agency for International Development Co-operation (AECID), the United Nations Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) complete the list of Implementing Agencies of Euroclima in the region.
EUROCLIMA+ is the EU flagship cooperation programme on environmental sustainability and climate change with the Latin American region. Its objective is to reduce the impact of climate change and its effects in Latin America by fostering climate mitigation, adaptation, resilience and investment.
EUROCLIMA+ carries out actions that are considered of strategic importance for the implementation of the countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The Programme:
- Corresponds to expressed needs of one or several countries.
- Carries out actions where European cooperation can add particular value.
- Supports intra-regional dialogue and cooperation on climate issues within Latin America.
- Supports bi-regional dialogue and coovation between Latin America and the EU in international climate fora around shared strategic interests, guided by the Paris
- Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Is implemented by agencies of EU Member States (AECID, AFD, Expertise France, FIIAPP, GIZ) and the UN (ECLAC and UN Environment).
The planetary crisis is a defining issue of our time causing huge global challenges such as biodiversity loss and climate extreme events like mega-drought, glacier melt, more intense hurricanes and floods, and land and marine heatwaves. This threat increases the risk of poverty, displacement, health and plagues to all LAC countries from Rio Bravo to Patagonia.
In fact, extreme weather events pose serious threats to the Caribbean countries despite their low contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions. The new ambitious EU-Caribbean Partnership specifically focuses on the EU’s Green Deal.
More information: Delegation of the European Union to Chile