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Climate Change: Non-governmental Organisations

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that scientific information on climate change is available for non-governmental organisations to incorporate into their work with vulnerable communities. (222481)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is working to ensure that adequate scientific information on climate change is available to all stakeholders working with vulnerable communities, including non-governmental organisations. Work we are currently supporting in this area includes:

The Climate Change Adaptation for Africa initiative (£24 million);

The Climate Information for Development Programme (ClimDev Africa);

Designing climate change adaptation programmes for the Latin American/Caribbean and Asian regions (up to £50 million);

A Chinese climate change adaptation programme, specifically aimed at improving science and information on climate change (£3 million from DFID and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs); and

DFID is also working to establish an international climate change centre or network to help address developing countries’ knowledge and capacity gaps on climate change, as announced by the Secretary of State for International Development, at the Foreign Policy Centre on 6 February 2008.