For the first time Adaptation Futures 2018, the 5th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, will be held in Africa. "GCCA+: 10 years of learning, implementing and promoting long-term adaptation strategies" will showcase GCCA+ experience over the last decade and discuss the role of long-term adaptation planning.

10 years adaptation

This year is also an important milestone for the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+). Together with partners all over the world, in particular the ACP regions and countries, GCCA+ is celebrating 10 years of cooperation and dialogue on climate change.

At present, 43 GCCA+ national projects are being implemented in Africa. Three regional projects have fully targeted the African continent and a multi-country programme implemented via the United Nations Capital Development Fund is targeting several countries in Africa. More projects are currently being signed with the ACP secretariat regional partners.

The GCCA+ event at Adaptation Futures will showcase the GCCA+ approach to upscaling good adaptation practices. While presenting its 10 years of experience in adaptation planning, policy and implementation, it will tackle some crucial questions for Adaptation Futures 2018, such as:

  • How can adaptation activities lead to better development outcomes?
  • How can the adaptation discourse and practice further support national development plans and other development processes? 
  • How can adaptation planning support NDC implementation?

Adaptation Futures is the world’s leading conference on climate change adaptation. It attracts over 1 000 scientists, practitioners, business leaders and policymakers from around the world to connect, learn and inspire. The event, being held for the first time on the African continent, aims to facilitate dialogue on solutions among key actors from diverse perspectives and regions. 

Ten years ago, the European Union launched the GCCA to help developing countries and Small Island Developing States adapt to climate change. Today, the changing climate is recognised as one of our main global challenges – by fighting it, we can improve the lives of many local communities.

The GCCA+ flagship initiative is one of the EU’s mechanisms responding to global challenges while developing programmes that are specific to each region. Today, GCCA+ has funded more than 70 projects of national, regional and worldwide scope in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific, with commitments of EUR 737.5 million for the period 2007-2020.