Around the globe, people are living the stark reality of climate change. In many Commonwealth member countries, sea levels are rising, storms increasing in both intensity and frequency, and arable land is turning into desert. Global warming is crippling economies and hampering progress toward the sustainable development goals. Although the international community has pledged billions to address climate change, countries find it extremely difficult to draw from financing mechanisms - such as the Green Climate Fund - for projects to help people adapt to climate change and mitigate its effect.
The Commonwealth’s Climate Finance Access Hub helps countries untangle the red tape around climate financing, and make successful applications to the international funds that address climate change. National advisors are deployed to long-term positions in government environmental departments and agencies, and in regional bodies like the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre in Belize. These experts are creating a pan-Commonwealth network that is managed by a hub in the Republic of Mauritius.
The Hub builds on the Commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to address climate change that began in 1989 with the adoption of the Langkawi declaration on the environment. At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta 2015, leaders agreed to take action to limit global warming to 2 degrees. This joint decision was instrumental in securing the historic Paris accord on climate change.
Since 2016, Antigua and Barbuda has secured two readiness grants from the Green Climate Fund. MORE
The Hub has supported the Government of Barbados with six projects in the pipeline ranging in value from US$90,000 to 10,000,000. MORE
Through the support of the Hub, Jamaica has received a US$0.6 million grant to fund REDD+ readiness actions as part of its Forest Policy. MORE
The Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub first opened its door in Mauritius in September 2016. MORE
The National Climate Finance Adviser to Namibia is Denis Valliere. The Hub has helped in the production of 5 projects that have totalled 98.7 million US dollars. MORE
The overarching scope of the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub's technical assistance for Tonga is to build the capacity of the National Climate Change Division. MORE