Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Africa condemns delay on Adaptation Fund

Afrique en ligne (France) reports from the big meeting now underway in Accra: Delegates attending the Climate Change Talks here have reacted with dismay at the continued negotiations on the climate change Adaptation Fund, eight months after the fund was established.

PANA reports that the participants, representing civil society groups on climate change and sustainable development, sharply criticized the current negotiations, saying that developing countries, hard pressed by impacts of climate change and in a hurry to begin implementation, have to contend with more negotiations about the Fund. They said: "The Fund remains a shell as all indications are that industrialized countries have decided to shun it simply because they do not have control over its governance. This also is the reason they are rushing to put their funds in the new climate change funds started by the World Bank."

The Adaptation Fund was established to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol. Developing countries require international assistance such as funding and technology transfer to support adaptation as well as resources to reduce the risk of disasters....

The boredom of waiting, shot by Marlith, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

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