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To what extent is US support for West African climate change adaptation dependent on pending legislation? (5 answers)

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Nov 2, 2010
Dear Harold:

Great question, and thank you for using Frameweb.

To answer your question, I consulted with Dr. Tegan Blaine, Climate Change Advisor, with the Africa Bureau,
U.S. Agency for International Development.
Here is her answer:
"I think there's a simple answer to your question: It is dependent on how budgets move through Congress (since Congress does alter numbers when they approve/adjust the Presidential request, and we have to reallocate between countries and programs accordingly), but it's not dependent on any climate change legislation."

Clear answer. Thank you to Dr. Blaine.

Looking forward to your next question for the STEWARD Community of Practice.

Cordially,

Jordan

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    Nov 1, 2010
    Generally it appears sso, but it will be of help to etsblaih the facts based on the evidence so far. May be this is a great assigneement for teh friend so of the earth who know the other side of the discourse

    NOah
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    Nov 2, 2010
    I am in no way an expert on this topic, but have spent some time working with climate change NGOs in the US such as the US Climate Action Network (USCAN). It's looking less and less likely that any legislation will be coming out of the US in the near future. Today's US mid-term elections will likely bring in a wave of legislators less likely than ever to pass reforms. The real question is will the commitments that have already been promised by the US during the UNFCCC COP15 meeting in Copenhagen be carried out - such as the fast-start financing which would benefit West African adaptation initiatives. The US administration says they will not back down from these commitments, but it has yet ot be seen how they will manage to come up with the money promised ($3 Billon I think by 2012) when little new and additional funds have been seen so far. There has been a lot of speculation about what will happen at the end of the month in Cancun when the UNFCCC meets again for the COP16. Let's hope any money coming to West Africa that has the name "climate change adaptation " associated with it will be new money and not taken from other development budgets.
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      Jun 27, 2011
      Hi All,
      I am just coming form the June Bonn session and can confirm that there is a limited development on financial issue. However, there some progress towards the Cancun Agreement on adaptation. Everything will depend on Durban.
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    Nov 2, 2010
    Dear Harold:

    Great question, and thank you for using Frameweb.

    To answer your question, I consulted with Dr. Tegan Blaine, Climate Change Advisor, with the Africa Bureau,
    U.S. Agency for International Development.
    Here is her answer:
    "I think there's a simple answer to your question: It is dependent on how budgets move through Congress (since Congress does alter numbers when they approve/adjust the Presidential request, and we have to reallocate between countries and programs accordingly), but it's not dependent on any climate change legislation."

    Clear answer. Thank you to Dr. Blaine.

    Looking forward to your next question for the STEWARD Community of Practice.

    Cordially,

    Jordan
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      Nov 5, 2010
      Thanks Jordan
        I guess I should next ask what the monetary figures are. Is it possible to connect me with Dr. Blaine?
       
      The documentary I proposed with the State Department's TV Co-op program is materializing. I want to meet Dr. Blaine in the States circa Feb-March next year.
       
      I'll be using FRAMEWEB to drum up interest and maybe some additional funding. Can I give you details next week? I am now en route to Fintonia for three days.
       I need to supply you some detils when I get back, if your time permits.
       
      Cordially,
      Harold


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