Year 2013 Selected
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N°: 098/2013
15 April 2013 [Abuja - Nigeria]


	Sweden is to provide 6.7 million US dollars over four years to support West 
Africa's programme to reduce the region’s vulnerability to climate change.

The support comes under an agreement signed on Tuesday, 9th April 2013 by the 
President of the ECOWAS Commission, His Excellency Kadre Desire Ouédraogo and 
the Swedish Permanent Representative to ECOWAS, Ambassador Svante Kilander

The ECOWAS chief praised Sweden for the gesture, describing the timing of the 
grant as apt and would boost the region’s capacity to pursue its climate 
change adaptability programmes.

He called for additional Swedish support for the success of the programme to 
enable the region leverage the country's experience to revitalise cooperation 
in this sector.

The Swedish ambassador used the occasion to highlight the consequences of 
climate change on the region mainly in the form of increased temperatures, 
more extreme weathers and coastal erosion.

He warned that "West Africa has to be prepared for a range of different 
climate scenarios," including adaptations in the areas of agriculture and 
building construction to improve their resistance to flooding and the 
consequences of coastal erosion.

The envoy commended ECOWAS for being the first among Africa's five Regional 
Economic Communities to develop a strategic programme to address vulnerability 
to climate change. 

He said the grant would help ECOWAS in the "difficult and necessary work of 
supporting its Member States in developing and implementing actions that are 
most relevant to their different contexts and opportunities.

The envoy also mentioned other areas of collaboration with the Commission to 
support trade and trans-boundary water resources issues.



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