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Sunday, December 01, 2013 

EU gives Tanzania $10m

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - The  European Union (EU) recently gave the government a $10.6 million grant for  managing climate change.The EU Head of Delegation to Tanzania, Ambassador Filiberto Sebregondi, and Adolf Mkenda, the deputy permanent secretary, in the finance ministry sealed the agreement.
The additional grants are the second phase of Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA II) to start in January 2014.
According to Sebregondi, in the first phase, the EU granted Tanzania $2.8million in January 2010.
According to Sebregondi, the EU is at the forefront of climate change action by not only setting stringent targets for European countries, but also supporting mitigating actions in developing countries.
Recent climate change talks which ended in Warsaw last week raised no new cash.
Mkenda said the five-year project aims at helping Tanzanian communities to minimise the negative effects of climate change.
He said it will be implemented through building and disseminating knowledge about vulnerabilities and solutions that are appropriate in the context of Tanzania.
 “We thank the EU not only for this but also other supporting efforts in Tanzania,” Mkenda said.
The EU-GCCA programme was launched in 2007 by the European Commission to support the most vulnerable developing countries increase their capacities in meeting climate change threats.
Tanzania was selected in 2008 as one of the pilot countries for the implementation of the GCCA’s technical and financial support pillar.

By Patrick Kisembo, Sunday, December 01st, 2013