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WECF and 3 partners of Coalition for Climate Justice submit funding request to Netherlands Ministry of Development Cooperation

Climate Change: addressing the challenge

12.12.2009 |WECF Press Release

Climate change is the biggest environmental issue of our time. In the coming decades, it will pose a serious and global threat to sustainable development, poverty elimination, peace and human rights. The world’s poor, especially those in the most geographically vulnerable regions, are bearing the brunt of climate change, especially women and children, rural people, inhabitants of growing urban (super)slums and indigenous peoples.

There is no historic precedent for the global cooperation that is required to avoid the catastrophic consequences of more than a 2 degree temperature increase. So how can this challenge be addressed?

Community and gender-based solutions for climate-friendly development
The Coalition for Climate Justice will address sustainable development and climate protection through its 5-year capacity building programme. The programme will build capacity of vulnerable groups, women, rural and indigenous peoples, the excluded poor in slums and climate-affected peoples to safeguard their rights and improve their livelihoods in an equitable and climate-friendly manner.

Two programmes will build on each other and strengthen each other:
The global programme will focus on making global development and climate policies more equitable and effective; developing strategic coalitions with other sectors; and outreach to policy makers and the public (voters, consumers) in developing countries and industrialized countries.  The programme promotes the participation of civil society and vulnerable groups from the South in global climate and development policies. 

The country programme will be implemented in 9 countries amongst which fragile states such as Afghanistan, and Colombia and developing countries such Uganda, Georgia, India, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, South Africa and Brazil. It will focus on strengthening civil society, monitoring effects of climate policies on poor and vulnerable populations, demonstrating best practices, transferring best practices to upscalers and promoting equitable, empowering and effective local and national policies and legislation.

The 4 coalition partners are Netherlands-based Green and Gender-focused networks. In addition to the lead applicant WECF they are: Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), Global Forest Coalition (GFC), and Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-CE).  Each Coalition partner brings its own specific experience and knowledge, complementing each other and creating added value. Together, the Coalition partners achieve greater scope, with its broad and diverse networks capable of involving and uniting great numbers of affected people. Other areas of added value include greater innovation capacity due to the extended network of strategic partners (universities, private sector), faster learning effect for partner organizations and leapfrogging of best practices. To further strengthen the added value of the Coalition, common coalition activities will be carried out together by all partners and will focus on integrated solutions (e.g. including energy, forest and mobility, testimony tours of affected people in national parliaments and high level policy conferences).

Objectives and Results
The activities of the Climate Justice programme will meet three objectives:
  • Objective 1: Civil society organisations and movements are empowered to secure and defend access to natural resources and sustainable livelihoods and to promote and participate in climate friendly poverty reduction strategies.
  • Objective 2: Partners and relevant stakeholders have acquired knowledge to upscale and demonstrate pro-poor, pro-climate development solutions.
  • Objective 3: Equitable climate and development policies, instruments and strategies with a livelihood and justice perspective are adopted at a municipal, national and global level, and unsustainable policies and instruments are phased out.

Here are just some of the planned results: 264 partner civil society organisations in the South will build their capacity through this programme. 12 global and regional women’s and gender coalitions have created women’s leadership in climate justice policy advocacy, formulation and practices. 100 low-income communities are independently replicating demonstration projects for sustainable water, sanitation and energy and 50,000 people benefit from improved livelihoods. In addition, outreach campaigns will target 2.5 million people to encourage them to change consumption patterns which are fair and pro-poor.

As funding is limited, the coalition partners have not increased, but applied for a same level of funding as they have been receiving under the current programme of the Ministry of Development Cooperation, a total of 28 million Euro. The coalition partners will in addition bring well beyond 25% co-funding from other sources, and will focus on creating regional economic value chains in developing countries to strengthen local economies, with a focus on women entrepreneurship.
More information on this coalition, please contact:

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