Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA+)
The Global Climate Change Alliance+ (GCCA+) is a flagship initiative from the European Union to help the worlds most vulnerable countries address climate change. The GCCA+ initiative contributes towards achieving the overall target of at least 20 % of the EU budget spent on climate action by 2020. With a focus on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the GCCA+ aims to help countries in their endeavors to adapt to and mitigate climate change by focusing on three priority areas:
- Climate change mainstreaming and poverty reduction
- Increasing resilience to climate-related stresses and shocks
- Sector-based climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies
GCCA+ support to address the challenges of poverty and climate change is based on two mutually reinforcing pillars:
- A platform for policy dialogue and knowledge exchange
- A source of technical and financial support to implement climate-related country or regional programmes.
The GCCA+ initiative aims at funding multi-year programmes with an average contribution of EUR 5 million per project (as of end 2017) that support climate change adaptation and mitigation and thus the transition to climate-resilient, low-carbon societies.
Expressions of interest should be submitted as concept notes before August every year. These will be reviewed and ranked in line with the initiative's selection criteria and the GCCA+ index, a climate resilient development index developed by JRC in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). DG-DEVCO / EuropeAid’s will screen the proposed actions to decide if they can move towards the design phase, before a final European Commission financing decision and commitment.
Read more about the different actors involved in the GCCA+ here.
For a step-by-step guidance, please refer to page 15 of the GCCA+ Orientation Package.
Multi-annual Financial Framework 2014–2020: EUR 350 million plus EUR 70 million from 11th European Development Fund Financial Framework for the Intra-ACP component (ACP is African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of states)