As Africa tries to recover from the damage brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, it hopes to foster a green recovery. To do so, African nations are aiming to double funding for climate change adaptation projects to USD$25 billion over the next five years.

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Patrick Verkooijen, chief executive officer of the Global Center on Adaptation, said in an interview that “African leaders want to use the COVID-19 crisis as a reset moment for the current crisis and to prepare for the next one. We are still increasing carbon emissions to the atmosphere and the implications are exponential.”

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Verkooijen says, “while $25 billion is not enough for adaptation, it is a stepping stone to a much bigger number and is bold and feasible.”

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