The European Union has pledged €90 million ($123 million) to support climate change adaptation measures in the Pacific.
The funding comprises redirected resources, according to the European Commission, and will back projects such as mangrove replanting, watershed reforestation, rainwater harvesting, soil retention, and raising of infrastructure.
European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs is expected to unveil disaster preaparedness projects in Vanuatu today (March 2).
Piebalgs will announce the projects at a high-level climate conference in Vanuatu, where he will present an EU-Pacific action plan for the island states to sign, according to the Guardian.
The plan requires Pacific island states to adopt “joint positions on the international stage” as part of a “stronger Pacific-EU political dialogue on climate change.”
“The Pacific islands are a very helpful, positive partner on the international level. Our positions are very close,” said Isaac Valero-Ladron, the EU’s climate spokesman, as quoted by the Guardian.
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