Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia has started the creation of a national body accredited by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) which funds projects to limit the impact of climate change in developing countries, said Tunisian expert and climate change negotiator Adel Ben Youssef.

This body serves as a link between the promoters of projects related to climate change in Tunisia, public structures, ministries in charge of water resources, energy, transport and the environment, municipalities, private companies and the civil society, on the one hand and the Fund on the other hand, the expert said at a webinar held in Tunis, as part of the programme of coaching journalists dealing with issues related to climate change by organisation “Climate Tracker”.

The body whose core is based at the Ministry of Local Affairs and the Environment has organised, in recent days, consultations on the financing of climate change adaptation projects in several regions including Sfax, Djerba, Jendouba and Bizerte, added this expert and university teacher.

The Fund is a funding mechanism set up at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2010.

It is expected to provide developing countries with $ 100 billion / year to help them implement climate change adaptation projects.

Since 2015, Tunisia has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 41% in 2030, of which 28% of the financing should be mobilised from international donors, particularly the Green Climate Fund.