Supporting a climate for change the EU and developing countries working together
European Commission. Directorate-General EuropeAid Development and Co-operation
PublisherLuxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union
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In the absence of timely planning and preparation, climate change has the potential to bring about unprecedented reversals in progress with poverty reduction and undermine efforts towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The effects of climate change already constrain the challenging objective of ensuring sustainable development in developing countries. Climate change is a global problem and it will affect all countries. However, developing countries and, in particular the most vulnerable segments of populations will be hit earliest and hardest. These are the countries and groups with the smallest capacity to deal with climate change. Developing countries with economies heavily dependant on natural resources, such as agriculture, forestry and fisheries, will be disproportionately affected. But developing countries with more diversified economies are also vulnerable since a lack of financial resources, adequate technology and effective institutions may limit their capacity to adapt. Robust adaptation strategies need to be owned, developed and implemented by developing countries. The donor community will contribute to enhanced action and international cooperation to support these strategies. In order to maximise impacts, the plethora of climate related strategies must be integrated into singular, ambitious national development plans and strategies that adequately mainstream the issues, establish priorities and set in place required institutional frameworks. Coping with current climate variability and attempting to anticipate future climate changes is no longer an option, but a policy imperative.
Citation“2011. Supporting a climate for change the EU and developing countries working together. Luxembourg : Publications Office of the European Union.”
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