What is the GCCA+ Initiative?

Helping vulnerable countries on the front line of climate change

The Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) is a flagship initiative of the European Union helping the world's most vulnerable countries to respond to climate change. Having started with just four pilot projects in 2007, it has become a major climate initiative that has funded 72 projects of national, regional and worldwide scope in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. GCCA+ commitments amount to 795 million euros for the period 2007-2020.

The initiative helps mainly Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) increase their resilience to climate change.

The GCCA+ also supports these countries with the implementation of commitments resulting from the Paris Climate Agreement, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the new European consensus on development.


Real change in a changing climate


GCCA+ works with local knowledge to build climate resilience, it’s three priorities are:


  • Mainstreaming climate change into poverty reduction and development efforts;

  • Increasing resilience to climate-related stresses and shocks (promoting disaster risk reduction);

  • Supporting the creation and implementation of concrete adaptation and mitigation strategies.


GCCA+ areas of activity:

  • Climate change mainstreaming and poverty reduction

  • Increasing resilience to climate-related stresses and shocks

  • Sector-based climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies

  • Mainstreaming in policies, strategies, plan

  • Mainstreaming in budgetary systems

  • Mainstreaming in monitoring systems

  • Climate adaptation

  • Reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD)

  • Access to Carbon Market / Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)


For more information, download the GCCA+ concept note.

GCCA+ 10 Anniversary article 


What we do

The GCCA+ operates through 2 pillars reinforced by a strong base emphasising knowledge management and communication:

Policy dialogue

Constructive exchange at local, national, regional and global levels between the EU and its partners in developing countries. Topics include climate policy, the UNFCCC and practical approaches for integrating climate change into development policies and budgets.

Technical and Financial support

Technical and financial support for identifying, designing, implementing, and monitoring GCCA+ interventions. UNFCCC commitments, National Adaptation Planning and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions are a priority.

Knowledge management and communication

Sharing experience and lessons learnt from interventions. Sharing knowledge generated from policy dialogue, with and between countries, regions and development partners.

The new visual identity of the Global Climate Change Alliance Plus, launched in 2018 speaks the language of nature.  

For more information, GCCA+ knowledge