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Facing climate challenges through new partnerships

Facing climate challenges through new partnerships
Facing climate challenges through new partnerships

Climate change could wipe out 15% of Africa’s gross domestic product by 2030, pushing another 100 million people into extreme poverty by the end of the decade. The situation is compounded by the fact that Africa bears little responsibility for climate change, highlighting a stark disparity in global environmental impacts and responsibilities. Despite this, the continent is on the frontline of climate change consequences, facing an urgent need for adaptation and mitigation strategies.

The global community has recognized the severity of this situation, with initiatives like the 6th session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) in Nairobi serving as a testament to a consolidated effort to address these challenges. Key strategies for ensuring a green and sustainable future for Africa include prioritizing environmental sustainability, encouraging multilateral action, increasing investment in green projects, and forming new partnerships.

One of the pivotal players in this endeavor is the European Investment Bank (EIB), which stands out as one of the largest providers of climate finance globally. The EIB has committed over €32 billion in investments across 40 African countries over the past decade, including €350 million funneled into private equity funds in 2023 alone. These investments are crucial for kickstarting significant green projects across the continent, ranging from renewable energy initiatives to sustainable agriculture.

In particular, a €100 million investment in sustainable agricultural financing in Rwanda aims to enhance the resilience of thousands of farmers to the economic, social, and environmental impacts of climate change. This initiative not only addresses immediate climate change challenges but also supports broader Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 13 (Climate Action), and SDG 15 (Life on Land), highlighting the interconnectedness of climate action with poverty alleviation, food security, and ecosystem conservation.

The need for new partnerships and bolder ambitions has never been more critical. The EIB’s readiness to collaborate underscores the importance of accelerating investments in green projects that benefit both people and the planet. However, investment alone is not sufficient. Developing a comprehensive strategy that incorporates expert opinions from different countries, lessons learned from other regions, and a critical analysis of existing approaches is essential for overcoming the obstacles to a green future for Africa.

Creating such a strategy is a collective task for the global community, requiring a concerted effort to build a sustainable and just future for Africa. This green course offers not only a pathway to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change but also an opportunity to foster a new, equitable, and prosperous economic landscape for the continent. By embracing this green transition, Africa has the potential to not only safeguard its environment and people but also to set an example of sustainable development and resilience in the face of global challenges.



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