EU-supported project to tackle climate change launched in Belarus

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

Last week, Belarus joined the EU’s new regional initiative – EU4Climate.

The project aims to support the EU’s six Eastern partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) to develop and implement climate-related policies based on the countries’ commitments under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Association and Partnership Agreements with the EU, the Eastern Partnership’s “20 Deliverables for 2020” policy initiative, and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

 With a total budget of €8.8 million, EU4Climate will help the six countries to develop and implement forward-looking climate policies.

Belarus will benefit from €1.1 million during the period 2019–2022. These funds will be directed towards supporting the country’s government in the implementation of its greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments and climate resilient development under the Paris Agreement.

“The EU is a front-runner in environment and climate change adaptation and mitigation areas with the Eastern Partnership countries playing an important role in our shared efforts to have a greener development,” said Andrea Wiktorin, Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus.

 “This new programme EU4Climate will support Belarus’ efforts in the monitoring and implementation of the reduction of CO2 emissions and promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation. It aims to limit climate change impacts on citizens' lives and make them more resilient to it.”

The project is funded by the EU and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It is based on experience gained during previous and ongoing projects, partnerships and initiatives, as well as on EU and UNDP expertise at both regional and national levels in climate policy development and governance.

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