Fisherman in Zanzibar
Fisherman in beneficiary village - Zanzibar
© EU GCCA+ G Barton 

The EU’s GCCA+ flagship initiative supports adaptation and mitigation and disaster risk reduction efforts for building resilience to climate change. It targets mainly Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that are recipients of aid in line with the official OECD Development Assistance Committee List of Official Development Assistance Recipients and the United Nations list of SIDS

It works with a variety of actors to promote change in order to maximize impact, leverage additional funding, and pool resources, expertise and knowledge.

The EU GCCA+ initiative funds multi-year programmes with an average contribution of EUR 5 million per project (as of end 2017). Funding is in line with an annual programming process that starts with national priorities for climate action identified by the EU Delegations with local development agents and partners in the countries, followed by DG-DEVCO / EuropeAid’s screening to decide if the proposed action  can move towards the design phase, before a final EC financing decision and commitment.

To apply for EU GCCA+ funding, programmes must meet a certain number of eligibility criteria.

In addition, the GCCA+ Support Facility can provide ad-hoc assistance to EU Delegations and development partners implementing GCCA+ projects in partner countries at different phases of implementation (programming, identification, formulation, implementation, and evaluation).

The GCCA+ initiative operates in line with the DCI instrument  and thematic programming,  specifically the Thematic Programme on Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPGC) 2014-2020. Programming is done on a yearly basis and the formulation and funding process takes about a year before projects are implemented. 

Direct funding for ACP countries 

The EU GCCA+ Intra-ACP programme offers assistance to public and private organisations located in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. This includes direct funding, direct technical support, and activities to build regional policy dialogue and share knowledge on climate change issues. Find out more about the Intra-ACP Regional Dialogue.