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Canada Takes Action to Help Developing Countries Fight Climate Change

Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird, announced today that Canada will be making a major contribution to the Global Environment Facility's Special Climate Change Fund. With this new $7.5 million contribution, Canada's total contribution to the Special Climate Change Fund is $13.5 million. This makes Canada the second largest donor to the Fund which helps developing countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

"This major contribution to the Special Climate Change Fund shows that Canada is making a difference in the global effort to fight climate change which is one of the greatest challenges facing the world community," said Minister Baird. "With this new $7.5 million contribution, Canada is now the second largest contributor to the Special Climate Change Fund. This is yet another example of Canada showing real leadership on the world's stage."

While many countries will be affected by climate change, some of the poorest countries will be hardest hit by its impacts and have the least ability to cope due to their already marginalized economies. Canada will continue to help developing countries to both battle climate change, and adapt to its effects. Our efforts are critical to alleviating poverty and achieving sustainable, long term development results. The Special Climate Change Fund will help developing countries:
  • identify, analyze and implement adaptive measures in critical sectors such as water resource and land management, agriculture and health;
  • plan, prepare for and manage climate change related disaster response and prevention;
  • monitor diseases and vectors affected by climate change; and
  • avoid or minimize emissions of greenhouse gases through access to technology.
An independent financial organization that provides grants to developing countries for projects that benefit the global environment, the Global Environment Facility is a long-standing partner of the Government of Canada.

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