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​Five years ago, the United Nations launched The Green Climate Fund, a multi-billion-dollar pool of capital for projects to counter the effects of climate change — particularly in places where poor and indigenous people are most at risk. In July 2015, CI became the first and only conservation non-profit accredited by the Fund as a global implementing agency — a designation that could provide new support for communities adapting to climate challenges.

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EditQuote Text (Do not add quotation marks):This accreditation is huge. It will allow CI to expand our work in Asia, Africa, Latin America and elsewhere to help real people cope with the consequences of climate change.
EditQuote Attribution:Lilian Spijkerman, CI Senior Vice President
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Of the 12 countries most at risk from the effects of climate change, 4 represent the world’s poorest nations.

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With US$ 6B already in hand, the Green Climate Fund is working to raise US$ 100B to fight the effects of climate change.

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As a project agency for the GCF, CI is approved to channel funding to impoverished communities to help them adapt to a changing climate.

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The effects of climate change are transforming impoverished countries across the world. As sea levels rise and traditional weather patterns shift, vulnerable communities from the western Pacific to sub-Saharan Africa face the loss of their homes and livelihoods.

With US$ 6 billion currently in hand, the Green Climate Fund could aid solutions that benefit millions of people. In 23 Pacific island countries where CI works, for example, the Fund could support creation of protected areas and better management of threatened fisheries and other marine resources. Restoration of coastal mangrove forests, which buffer shorelines naturally, could help build resilience to increasingly powerful tropical storms.

“CI earned this honor because of our deep experience in nature-based solutions to climate change, such as stopping emissions from deforestation and protecting natural ecosystems,” explains CI Senior Vice President Lilian Spijkerman. “These actions mitigate the effects of climate change, and we now have new resources, and new institutional partners, to apply them more widely.”

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