France offers Africa €8bn for climate work

2015-12-01 13:50

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Le Bourget - France is promising 8bn over the next five years for investment in renewable energy in Africa and to increase Africans' access to electricity.

President Francois Hollande's pledge on Tuesday came in a meeting with 12 African leaders about the threats from climate change, including coastal erosion, advancing deserts and rivers that are drying up. The meeting is part of larger talks outside Paris this week and next aimed at an international accord to fight global warming.

"When a young student is forced to go study under a street lamp at night, it clearly demonstrates the electricity issue," Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said.

Hollande said, "The world, and in particular the developed world, owes the African continent an environmental debt."

The meeting also focused on financing for an African Union initiative known as the Great Green Wall, launched in 2007 to gather 11 countries to plant trees to combat the encroaching Sahara Desert and help people adapt to climate change.

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