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Climate Change

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what funding his Department has provided for research into identifying and adapting to the impact of climate change in each financial year since 2001-02; and to which organisations such funding was provided in each year; (112093)

(2) what funding his Department has allocated in each of the next three financial years for research into identifying and adapting to the impact of climate change; and to which organisations such funding has been allocated.

DFID did not provide funding for climate change research prior to 2006-07.

DFID has entered into an arrangement with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to provide funding for research into how poverty-stricken people can best adapt to climate change. IDRC has overall management of the programme which is giving research grants to African organisations and their partners. The programme went live in May 2006.

DFID is providing £24 million to the programme over the five financial years 2006-07 to 2010-11. IDRC is providing C$15 million over the same period. DFID will provide £4 million in 2006-07 and £5 million in each of the four subsequent financial years.

In line with the third White Paper commitments, we will be significantly increasing climate change research in addition to the aforementioned funding described. Consultation is being conducted at the moment as to further research programmes.