The German Secretary of State for the Environment, Jochen Flasbarth, is campaigning for an increase in international financial aid that is available to poorer countries to adapt to the consequences of climate change.
Glasgow – The German Secretary of State for the Environment Jochen Flasbarth is campaigning for an increase in international financial aid that is available to poorer countries to adapt to the consequences of climate change. About 50 percent of the funds currently promised each year by the industrialized countries would have to flow into adaptation measures, said Flasbarth on Monday at the World Climate Conference in Glasgow. So far it is only 25 percent.
So there is no balance between the resources that are available for climate protection and those that flow into adapting to consequences such as heat waves or floods. “I was never particularly good at maths, but that’s pretty far from balance,” said the State Secretary in the Federal Environment Ministry. Such a balance is one of the central demands of environmental associations and representatives of poorer countries.
Originally, the industrialized countries had planned to provide 100 billion dollars annually by 2020 for climate protection and climate adaptation in poorer countries. According to the donor countries, the target should now be achieved in 2023. It includes funds provided by states from their budgets as well as private investments. Flasbarth stated that the 50 percent mark could realistically be achieved with public funds. In the case of private-sector sources, this could not be “foreseen to the extent”. (dpa)