MWH wins multimillion dollar climate change contract for the European Commission

Posted: Tuesday 15th December 2009

Environmental engineering consultancy, MWH, has been awarded a $4.5 million contract to provide the European Commission with strategic advisory services for the implementation of the EU Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA).

Through the GCCA, the EU aims to work with poor developing countries, mostly located in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands, to integrate climate change adaption and mitigation measures into regional and national development strategies. According to all predictions, these countries will be the hardest hit by the adverse effects of climate change while having at the same time the least capacity to react and adapt to these climate impacts.

MWH and its consortium partner, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), won the contract through a competitive call for proposals and will undertake a large spectrum of advisory services, including knowledge management, capacity building and good governance. The first activity of the project will be to organise and manage a side event that presents the MWH strategic advisory programme to high level representatives of the beneficiary countries of the GCCA, which will take place on 14 December during the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

MWHis delighted to have been awarded the GCCA contract, which providesa unique platform to tackle the combined challenges of poverty and climate change” says Philippe Chabot, Business Unit Leader of MWH’s International Development Unit. “Not only does it reinforce our capabilities in this field, but also fulfilsMWH’s aim of ‘building a better world.’”

Assistance provided under the GCCA is proposed to focus on five areas: implementing concrete adaptation measures; reducing emissions from deforestation; enhancing participation in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM); helping poor countries to be better prepared for natural disasters, and integrating climate change into poverty reduction strategies.

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