International Partnerships

The Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+)

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The Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) is one of the largest climate initiatives worldwide and plays a fundamental role in the implementation of the external dimension of the EU Green Deal.

Created in 2007, GCCA+ is a European Union flagship initiative helping the world’s most vulnerable countries to address climate change. At its inception the GCCA focused on building climate resilience in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It expanded in 2015 to include middle-income countries.

Key Information
Total budget
€ 750 million
EU contribution
€ 737,5 million
Duration
2007-2020

Since 2017, the GCCA+ has officially added support to the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). Assisting NDC implementation is crucial to reach the goals of the Paris agreement, as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report 2018 stated that current targets will not achieve the objective of keeping the global temperature increase "well below" 2° degrees Celsius.

So far, the GCCA+ has funded over 90 projects of national, regional and worldwide scope in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Scope and objectives

The GCCA+ supports those developing countries that are most vulnerable to climate change in implementing their national commitments. It operates via the EU Delegations worldwide.

The GCCA+ works to build climate resilience in three main areas of intervention:

  • Mainstreaming climate change into poverty reduction and development efforts;
  • Increasing resilience to climate-related stresses and shocks (promoting disaster-risk reduction);
  • Supporting the creation and implementation of concrete adaptation and mitigation strategies, plans and actions.

The GCCA+ is taking a holistic approach to climate change adaptation, simultaneously covering different sectors: Climate Smart Agriculture, livestock and fishery production, food security, water and sanitation, natural resource management, tree planting, enhancement of livelihoods; small infrastructures; coastal management;

Read more on how GCCA+ support works and the history behind a decade of commitment to fighting climate change.

Actions

GCCA+ main activities are:

  • Supporting the development and implementation of climate change policies, such as the NDCs
  • Providing support for climate change mainstreaming of legislation;
  • Disaster Risk Reduction through protective infrastructure; restoration of protective forests (mangroves, riverine and mountain forests); development of social protection systems and Early Warning Systems (for flooding, cyclones, storm surges);
  • Promoting  renewable energy, clean cooking and energy efficiency
  • Capacity building and institutional strengthening of central government agencies and training activities;
  • Knowledge building and awareness;
  • Creation of carbon sinks through reforestation, afforestation, rehabilitation of vegetation 
  • Setting up monitoring and evaluation and MRV systems for mitigation action and greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories

See the Key figures on GCCA+ projects and funding

Results

  • 39     Least Developed Countries (LDCs) supported
  • 39     Small Island Developing States (SIDS) supported
  • 90+   finalised or ongoing programmes worldwide
  • 80+   National climate change strategies developed
  • 40+   Awareness campaigns carried out in more than 60 countries
  • 40+   UNFCCC related strategies developed