Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Ceisteanna (708)

Liz McManus

Ceist:

760 Deputy Liz McManus asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the position regarding funds he promised to support developing countries to deal with climate change; the amount promised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48197/10]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

The developed country Parties who associated with the Copenhagen Accord (including the EU and all Member States) agreed to provide a fast-start finance package for developing countries over the three years 2010 to 2012. As part of the EU response, Ireland committed to a contribution of up to €100 million over the three-year period.

In response to that commitment, a contribution of €23 million has been made to the Global Climate Change Alliance established and operated by the European Commission. The contribution was the subject of a supplementary estimate debated at the Select Committee on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government on 9 December 2010. This contribution, together with climate change related funding within the Overseas Development Assistance programme, will make up a substantial part of the overall commitment.