EUROCLIMA in detail
EUROCLIMAaims to provide Latin American decision-makers and the scientific community with better knowledge of climate change and its consequences, particularly in view of integrating these issues into sustainable development strategies.
The objectives of the EUROCLIMA Programme are to help:
• Reduce people's vulnerability to the effects of climate change in conjunction with the fight against poverty and promote sustainable development by increasing understanding of how action at national level affects the rest of the region.
• Reduce social inequalities, especially those linked to climate change and facilitate social sustainable development.
• Reduce the socio-economic impact of climate change through cost-efficient adaptations, capable of generating sub-regional and regional synergies.
• Reinforce regional-integration dialogue with the aim of setting up a permanent consultation mechanism for a joint review of shared goals.
Three expected results in line with the Lima Declaration:
1. Enhaced policy dialogue on climate change issues, to increase awareness and raise political visibility at national, sub-regional and regional level.
2. Better sharing of information and data on scientific and socio-economic matters related to climate change (and cross-cutting matters).
3. Strengthened technical capacities to help ensure beneficiaries’ greater ownership and the empowerment of national and regional expertise and skills.
In December 2008, the European Commission decided to co-finance a "Review of the Economics of Climate Change in South America" . The purpose of the study is to make an economic analysis of the impacts of climate change in selected South American countries, examining in the cost of mitigation and adaptation in selected sectors. The total foreseen budget of the study is €630,000 (EC contribution: €500,000).
An agreement on the "Review of the Economics of Climate Change in South America" has been signed with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC), which is jointly coordinating this study with the British Department for International Development (DFID), Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the Governments of Denmark and Spain.
In 2009, another study was carried out in cooperation with Latin American countries. The study "Climate Change in Latin America" [7 MB] was published in December 2009 and aims to identify the extent of climate change effects, the question of vulnerability and the ecological footprint of the region, taking into account the institutional framework of this multidisciplinary problem both on regional and national level.