Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA)+ Support Facility

Improving the policy dialogue, the implementation and the sharing of knowledge on climate change initiatives in developing countries throughout the world.

European Commission  |  Least Developed Countries and Small Islands Developing States



The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) was established in 2007 to help developing countries most vulnerable to climate change, in particular least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS), to increase their capabilities to adapt to the effects of climate change, in support of the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to have their voice better heard in the international climate change negotiations. In 2014, a new phase of the GCCA, the GCCA+ flagship initiative began.

Project Scope

MWH has been managing the Support Facility (SF) of the GCCA under a first contract with the EC since 2009. Under a recently awarded contract MWH will continue to manage the SF until 2021. The Facility contributes to supporting the two GCCA+ pillars: i) policy dialogue and exchange of experience between the EU and developing countries, and ii) technical and financial support to GCCA+ partner countries.

Technical Assistance Facility for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

Project Challenge

The EU flagship initiative ‘GCCA+’ helps to build the resilience of vulnerable countries to prepare for climate-related natural hazards, reduce risks and minimise impacts by integrating multi-sector risk management, adaptation and mitigation approaches in national development planning. It also supports local, national and regional strategies that integrate climate adaptation and disaster risk management and promote more informed decision-making on recovery and reconstruction.

Kabul, Afghanistan

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Belmopan, Belize

Porto-Novo, Benin

Thimphu, Bhutan

Ouagadougou, Burkina, Faso

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Bangui, Central African Republic

N'Djamena, Chad

Moroni, Comoros

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Djibouti, Djibouti

Dili, East Timor

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Banjul, Gambia

Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

Georgetown, Guyana

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Kingston, Jamaica

Vientiane, Laos

Maseru, Lesotho

Antananarivo, Madagascar

Lilongwe, Malawi

Malé, Maldives

Bamako, Mali

Nouakchott, Mauritania

Port Louis, Mauritius

Maputo, Mozambique

Naypyidaw, Myanmar

Kathmandu, Nepal

Niamey, Niger

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Kigali, Rwanda

Apia, Samoa

Sao Tomé, Sao Tomé y Principe

Dakar, Senegal

Victoria, Seychelles

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Honiara, Solomon Islands

Paramaribo, Suriname

Dodoma, Tanzania

Kampala, Uganda

Port Vila, Vanuatu

Between 2008 and 2015, the GCCA programme realised a number of sizeable achievements:

initiatives supported

countries globally

regions around the world

million euro in budget

Project Results

By providing mostly technical assistance services, the Support Facility supports the GCCA+ management team in carrying out capacity building activities that contribute to a better integration of Climate Change (CC) into national/regional development strategies and plans and a better preparation of CC related activities in the GCCA+ target countries and regions. It assists the GCCA+ targeted development partners in the identification, appraisal and formulation of specific cooperation activities and programmes.

The SF also supports the GCCA+ management in carrying out enhanced policy and sectoral dialogue between the EU and target countries/regions, and contributes to capacity building activities.

Services Provided

  • Organisation of several large regional and global dialogue events on climate change.
  • Start discussions with governments and other donors locally represented on further CC integration possibilities.
  • Preparatory and support work, in relation to national CC strategies as well as to specific country activities in the GCCA priority areas, ideally on the basis of identification carried out in existing national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs), NAPs and NDCs.
  • Targeted training workshops for the most direct EC counterparts in line ministries on climate change integration and mainstreaming at project and sector policy level.
  • Support to the European Delegations in preparing draft Identification Fiches, Action Fiches and Financing Proposals for the countries selected for specific cooperation activities to be financed under the “Cooperation activities strand” of GCCA.
  • Ensuring the visibility of the GCCA through the dedicated website with all relevant and useful information for stakeholders; events, and activities undertaken.
  • Design and implementation of a communication and knowledge management strategy for the initiative, including the production of materials such as videos, brochures, and publications.
Technical Assistance Facility for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

Global Learning Event – September 2016


In September 2016, the GCCA+ Global Learning Event “Innovative and effective approaches to climate change adaptation and other post COP21 agreement priorities”, was held in Brussels. The third in its kind, the event aimed to ensure that lessons learned and the knowledge generated from the GCCA and GCCA+ programmes and other programmes, and the recent COP21 Paris Agreement, is shared across the globe and with key stakeholders and development partners. Over two and half days, representatives from 29 partner countries and presenters from all over the globe met up in Brussels to explore how policy development on local, national and international scales is influenced by experience on the ground – and vice-versa.

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