Sweden to give US$6.7m for ECOWAS climate programme

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Sweden is to provide US$6.7 million over four years to support West Africa's programme to reduce the region’s vulnerability to climate change.

According to an ECOWAS Commission statement obtained by PANA here Monday, the support comes under an agreement signed last week by ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Desire Ouédraogo and the Swedish Permanent Representative to ECOWAS, Ambassador Svante Kilander

The ECOWAS chief praised Sweden for the gesture, describing the timing of the grant as apt because it would boost the region’s capacity to pursue its climate change adaptability programmes.

He called for additional Swedish support for the success of the programme to enable the region leverage the country's experience to revitalise cooperation in this sector.

The envoy commended ECOWAS for being the first among Africa's five Regional Economic Communities to develop a strategic programme to address vulnerability to climate change.

He said the grant would help ECOWAS in the "difficult and necessary work of supporting its Member States in developing and implementing actions that are most relevant to their different contexts and opportunities''.
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