Colombia could receive $10 million, starting in January 2011, from a fund to help poor countries adapt to climate change, a Colombian negotiator at the Cancun Summit told El Espectador.
Andrea Garcia said that countries such as the U.S., the Netherlands, and Germany have shown “strong intentions” to help, based on the commitments made at the Copenhagen Summit in 2009.
At the summit in Cancun, Mexico, nations are discussing the establishment of a “Green Fund,” to which rich nations would contribute to help poor countries mitigate and cope with the effects of climate change.
Garcia admitted to feeling “a little pessimistic” that a broad agreement on climate change measures would be reached at the summit.
Colombia has this year suffered from an unusually intense rainy season which has caused floods and landslides, affecting over 1.5 million people and causing 167 deaths.