Green Climate Fund approves $52m for Tuvalu’s coastal protection

Funafuti, Tuvalu (9 July, 2019): The Green Climate Fund has approved 52 million Australian dollars for Tuvalu’s coastal protection projects on the three islands of Nanumea, Nanumaga and Funafuti.

Caretaker Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga said he received the good news in a message from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) yesterday.

The funds are for coastal protection through reclamation projects which would help give back the huge blocks of land that had eroded from these islands out to sea, from impacts of climate change. In an important meeting with GCF in Songdo last month, the Tuvalu delegation proposed an amendment to the coastal protection intervention, initially planned for Funafuti under the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project (TCAP).

Prime Minister Sopoaga said the funds will be dispersed to Tuvalu this month, and will be extended to other islands of Tuvalu and also extend to funding education and training on climate science, engineering, local Government capacity, food security, fish and our seas.

The Prime Minister highly commends the hard work of Government officials responsible for bringing this dream to fruition.

In addition to these officer’s hard work, Prime Minister said the landmark visit from the Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres, and his recent visit to the GCF’s Co-Chair Josceline Wheatley in London had all contributed to Tuvalu’s receiving approval of the funds.

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