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In a few weeks, representatives of governments, climate change experts, activists and private sector actors from all over the globe will meet in the Polish town Katowice for the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24). The need for concrete commitments and action is greater than ever. How is climate change affecting Africa and Europe, and the relation between the two? Will leaders of both continents agree on what needs to be done to cut emissions by half by 2030 and reach zero emissions by 2050 to avoid catastrophic climate impacts?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made it clear: keeping temperatures from rising beyond 1.5°C is not an option but a duty if governments want to avoid calamity. Climate change is affecting every country on the globe, albeit differently and at varying degrees.

Africa has been identified as one of the parts of the world most vulnerable to climate change. Adaptation remains a key challenge for most African countries, which are asking for adequate climate finance and for effective implementation of existing instruments and conventions. Europe, which has also been hit by climate-related disasters in the last months, continues putting effort to fight climate change. But much more needs to be done, especially when it comes to ambitious climate financing and climate diplomacy.

Will Africa and Europe be able to work together to fight climate change?

In this dossier, we share our work on climate change and Europe-Africa cooperation. Specifically, we have been looking at climate from various angles, including the UNFCCC negotiations, cooperation on agriculture and sustainable food systems, gender, migration and finance.

Get in touch

Would you like to know more or would you like to partner with us? Get in touch with the coordinator of ECDPM’s work on climate change, Hanne Knaepen. For questions related to climate and its link to African agriculture and food systems, contact Francesco Rampa. For specific questions on climate and the EU budget, please contact Mariella Di Ciommo.


Latest publications


Small changes, big world: An inspiration for Europe and middle-income countries fighting climate change ahead of COP24
Mariella Di Ciommo and Sanne Thijssen, ECDPM blog, 26 November 2018

The ice is broken, what’s next? How the EU and middle-income countries work together on climate change
Mariella Di Ciommo, with Sanne Thijssen and Meritxell Sayós Monràs. ECDPM paper, September 2018


Global agreements


Photo by United Nations Photo via Flickr.

Stuck in the middle: Agriculture and climate change at COP22
Francesco Rampa, ECDPM blog, 23 November 2016

Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris agreement: One year on
Annabelle Laferrère, ECDPM blog, 17 November 2016

The Paris Agreement and African agriculture
Estherine Fotabong, ECDPM Great Insights article, May 2016

7 ways to make climate-smart agriculture central to COP21 and beyond
Hanne Knaepen, Devex article, 30 November 2015

COP21: A historic, but still fragile milestone for climate change
Alisa Herrero Cangas and Hanne Knaepen, 18 December 2015

The road to #COP21 and beyond
Fabien Tondel, Hanne Knaepen and Rhys Williams, ECDPM infographic

Hanne Knaepen featured in BBC Worldwide on Africa’s position at the COP21
Hanne Knaepen in BBC Worldwide, November 2016

A Europe-Africa marriage in Paris?
Hanne Knaepen in the Government Gazette, 24 March 2016

Climate change: The European Union towards COP21 and beyond
European Think Tanks Group, 26 November 2015

Common But Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR): The Challenge of Rejuvenating an Old-School Principle Ahead of the 2015 Climate Negotiations
Hanne Knaepen, ECDPM blog, 21 March 2014


Agriculture, food systems and food security


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Sustainable Agrifood Systems Strategies (SASS)
Consortium project on sustainable and climate-resilient food systems by ECDPM & Italian universities.

Options and opportunities to make food value chains more environmentally sustainable and resilient in Sub-Saharan Africa
Hanne Knaepen, Francesco Rampa, Carmen Torres and Paulina Bizzotto Molina, study for UNDP-GEF, August 2017

Sustainable food systems
ECDPM Great Insights magazine, September 2017

Stuck in the middle: Agriculture and climate change at COP22
Francesco Rampa, ECDPM blog, 23 November 2016

Working with partners to upscale sustainable agriculture
Herbert Lust, ECDPM Great Insights magazine, October 2016

Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture: A renewed research and dialogue agenda is needed
Francesco Rampa, ECDPM blog, June 2016

The Paris Agreement and African agriculture
Estherine Fotabong, ECDPM Great Insights article, May 2016

7 ways to make climate-smart agriculture central to COP21 and beyond
Hanne Knaepen, Devex article, 30 November 2015

Making agriculture in Africa “climate-smart”
Hanne Knaepen and Tanit Parada-Tur, ECDPM infographic, 6 November 2015

Making agriculture in Africa “climate-smart”
Hanne Knaepen and Tanit-Parada-Tur, ECDPM video, 27 November 2015

Making agriculture in Africa climate-smart: From continental policies to local practices
Hanne Knaepen, Carmen Torres and Francesco Rampa, 5 November 2015

The future of African farming? Regionally integrated, climate-smart, public-private and properly-financed
Francesco Rampa, ECDPM blog, 19 June 2015

How to secure food under the climate change pressure
Hanne Knaepen, article in Devex, 30 November 2015


Europe and Africa


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The ice is broken, what’s next? How the EU and middle-income countries work together on climate change
Mariella Di Ciommo, with Sanne Thijssen and Meritxell Sayós Monràs. ECDPM paper, September 2018

EU contributions to take warming below 2°C
Artur Runge-Metzger, ECDPM Great Insights article, May 2016

From Lima to Paris: 5 promising pathways for a joint EU-Africa position on climate change
Hanne Knaepen, Devex article, 23 December 2016

A Europe-Africa marriage in Paris?
Hanne Knaepen in the Government Gazette, 24 March 2016

Climate change: The European Union towards COP21 and beyond
European Think Tanks Group, 26 November 2015

Africa and Europe combatting climate change: Towards a common agenda in 2015
Fabien Tonde, Hanne Knaepen and Lesley-Anne van Wyk, ECDPM discussion paper, May 2015

Hanne Knaepen featured in BBC Worldwide on Africa’s position at the COP21
Hanne Knaepen in BBC Worldwide

How does Africa speak with one voice? Africa’s evolving positions on aid effectiveness, climate change and the post-2015 goals
Rebecca Ramsamy, Anna Knoll, Hanne Knaepen and Lesley-Anne van Wyk, ECDPM briefing note, 4 December 2014

Africa and Europe combatting climate change – Towards a common agenda for 2015
Hanne Knaepen, Rhys Williams and Clem Silverman, ECDPM video, December 2014

Not the climate hero that the EU and the world needs to win the battle against climate change
Alisa Herrero Cangas, ECDPM blog, 3 October 2014

EU cannot afford climate change ‘oblivion’
Alisa Herrero Cangas and Hanne Knaepen, Devex, 23 September 2014

Our Collective Interest: Why Europe’s problems need global solutions and global problems need European action
European Think Tanks Group, 1 September 2014

Run-up to 2015: A moment of truth for EU external climate action?
Alisa Herrero Cangas and Hanne Knaepen, ECDPM briefing note, September 2014


Gender


Photo by Marcos Villalta / Save the Children via Flickr – DFID.

Gender equality essential to confront climate change impacts
Sven Harmeling and Emma Bowa, ECDPM Great Insights article, May 2017

Making climate-smart also people-smart
Leisa Perch, ECDPM Great Insights article, 9 March 2015


Migration and conflict


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Linking responses to climate change and conflict
Janani Vivekananda, ECDPM Great Insights article, May 2016

The nexus between food and nutrition security, and migration: Clarifying the debate and charting a way forward
Anna Knoll, Francesco Rampa, Carmen Torres, Paulina Bizzotto Molina and Noemi Cascone, ECDPM discussion paper, May 2017


Finance and business


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Working with partners to upscale sustainable agriculture
Herbert Lust, ECDPM Great Insights magazine, October 2016

Climate finance in developing countries – Reconciling the different views
Walter Kennes, ECDPM briefing note, December 2015

What you need to know about European climate finance
Alisa Herrero Cangas in Devex, 11 December 2015

The catalytic role of the EU on private sector investments: The case of climate financing
Hanne Knaepen, ECDPM Great Insights article, 13 March 2014


Other relevant work


From climate commitments to action
ECDPM, ECDPM Great Insights magazine, May 2016