What is the GCCA+ Initiative?

Coastal damages by cyclone
Nukufetau coastal damages by cyclone in Tuvalu
© EU GCCA+ LoCAL-UNCDF. Photo Hendrik Visser 2016

Helping vulnerable countries on the front line of climate change

The Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) is a European Union flagship initiative which is helping the world's most vulnerable countries to address climate change. Having started with just four pilot projects in 2008, it has become a major climate initiative that has funded over 70 projects of national, regional and worldwide scope in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. To be kept informed, please subscribe to our newsletter.
This EU initiative helps mainly Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) increase their resilience to climate change. 
The GCCA+ also supports these group of countries in implementing their commitments resulting from the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP21), in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the new European Consensus on Development.

 

Real change on the ground in a changing climate

The GCCA+ initiative is making a significant contribution towards achieving the overall target of at least 20 % of the EU budget spent for climate action. All GCCA+ projects must primarily aim at  facilitating the transition to a climate-resilient, low-carbon future in line with the 2°C target.

GCCA funding increased from EUR 317.5 million in the first phase (2007-2014) to EUR 420 million in the second phase (2014-2020). Read more on financial resources.

How vulnerable is your country?

Developing states are more vulnerable, particularly if their geography – low-lying territory, proximity to the coast, or encroaching deserts – increases their exposure to the negative impacts of extreme changes in  weather patterns. 

The open-source and publicly available GCCA+ Index allows for an evaluation of the key vulnerability features in line with the objectives of the initiative. It is made up of 34 country-specific indicators covering those social, economic and environmental aspects that are critical for ‘climate-resilient’ development.

The GCCA+ index has been developed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission science and knowledge service: the higher score, the more vulnerable the country. See the Index ranking on the map.