The NCF-projects will improve water harvesting and provide safe drinking water. Photo: Patrik Rastenberger

The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) has signed the three first agreements for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.

The facility, which is funded by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and jointly administered with the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), provides financing for climate related projects in low-income countries.

The three agreements are the first batch of 14 proposals that have been selected for funding in the 2009 NCF Call for proposals. The projects to be financed will improve energy efficiency, develop water harvesting, provide safe drinking water and also contribute to the reduction of poverty in communities in Uganda and Kenya.

Green Resources, a Norwegian company, will implement an efficient and sustainable charcoal project with Busoga Forestry Company in Jinja, Uganda. The project will supply charcoal from sustainably managed forests utilizing modern charcoal kilns capable of producing 7,500 tonnes of sustainable charcoal a year, enough to supply 9,000 households a year. Charcoal is an important source of energy for East Africa’s poor households.

Solvatten of Sweden and the Institute of Environment and Water, a Kenyan-based charitable trust, are partnering to promote an innovative household water treatment technology in Africa’s largest slum of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. The project will secure safe drinking water for Kibera’s 13,000 residents, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate considerable development benefits, particularly for women.

Ramboll Natura of Sweden and its Kenyan partner, the Appropriate Development Consultants, will provide assistance for design and management of water harvesting technologies in arid regions of Kenya. The project will contribute to reduced poverty and improved living condition among pastoralist communities in dry areas. The key approach is a combination of efficient utilisation of water through water harvesting structures; improved agronomic practices for food production and the establishment of local user groups.

The total budget for the three financed projects is EUR 1.9 million with a 60 % share of NCF grant financing.

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