The GCCA+ aims at building a stronger alliance between the EU, its Member States and those developing countries that are most vulnerable to climate change. It involves a wide range of actors for change across the world.
The European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, known as EuropeAid, drives and oversees the overall implementation of the GCCA+ initiative. It works through the Delegations of the European Union to third countries around the world which are key in supporting the preparation, approval and monitoring of GCCA+- funded programmes. It also works closely with the Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG-CLIMA) to advance the EU’s Climate Action.
The EU Delegations in partner countries drive the identification and formulation process of national and regional interventions funded through the EU GCCA+ initiative. EU Delegations, in collaboration withpartner country governments, support the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of GCCA+ programmes. At all stages of the project cycle, they ensure in-country coordination with international organisations and other development partners.
EU Member States co-finance some interventions as part of wider joint initiatives at the national or regional level. For more information, see ‘How can EU Member States participate?’
EU Member State development agencies are also involved as partners in GCCA+ national programmes.
Partner country governments participate in the policy dialogue on climate change with the EU, at the national level or in the context of regional and global initiatives.
Partner countries’ ministries, government agencies and other public institutions play a key role in the identification, formulation, implementation and monitoring of EU funded GCCA programmes. Some governments also co-finance these interventions from the national budget. For more information, see ‘How can governments of developing countries participate?’
Regional organisations – such as the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Mekong River Commission (MRC), the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and the University of the South Pacific (USP) – play an active role in the identification, formulation and implementation of GCCA+ regional programmes.
International organisations – notably the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN, the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNEP - UN Environment , UN Habitat and the World Bank – are involved in the implementation of some GCCA+ national and/or regional programmes. At the international level, the GCCA+ also collaborates with international initiatives such as the Climate and Development Network (CDKN) and the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (UNPEI).
For more information, see ‘How can international organisations participate?’
The Intra-ACP GCCA+ Programme – an EU-funded initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States – supports ACP Member States to tackle climate change as a challenge to their development. The ACP Secretariat, located in Brussels, Belgium, is in charge of overall coordination of the program that offers direct technical assistance through the Intra-ACP GCCA+ Climate Support Facility.
The GCCA+ Support Facility (SF) assists the European Commission in identifying, formulating, managing and monitoring GCCA+ programmes, as well as providing technical assistance for capacity building, knowledge management and communications services. The facility offers a variety of technical support services to GCCA programmes and beneficiaries.
The GCCA+ is promoting climate change-resilient communities by increasing financing for, and investment in, climate change adaptation at the local level. For example, the EU GCCA has supported UNCDF’s LoCAL initiative, though which local authorities across the world can address climate change directly and more effectively. The initiative has exceeded expectations and now runs in Asia, Pacific and Africa.
A number of national GCCA+ programmes include financing activities implemented by civil society organisations (CSOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). In such cases, organisations are invited to submit project proposals. Other opportunities to get involved include participation in consultative processes, involvement in capacity building activities, or implementation of activities targeted at enhancing public awareness of climate-related issues and responses.