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Improving Access to Water and Sanitation for millions in Ethiopia

Ethiopia
World Toilet Day on November 19 highlights the dangers of lacking sanitary facilities, and the search for sustainable solutions. With an estimated 419 million people practising "open defecation" worldwide, the need for access to clean, safe toilets for all is more urgent than ever. Which is why AFD is funding a number of initiatives, including two flagship projects in Ethiopia. One will provide 2.6 million people with improved, gender-sensitive sanitation facilities and the second will improve access to water for 1 million people in 45 towns.
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Decoding

The Pacific Ocean: Working with Island States Vulnerable to Climate Change

Changement climatique et biodiversité
Emmanuel Macron made a landmark visit to Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea in July, the first by a French President since Charles de Gaulle. The visit comes as climate change poses enormous risks for countries, communities and islands across a region seen as a laboratory for solutions to the environmental crisis.
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Decoding

The Pacific Ocean: Working with Island States Vulnerable to Climate Change

Changement climatique et biodiversité
Emmanuel Macron made a landmark visit to Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea in July, the first by a French President since Charles de Gaulle. The visit comes as climate change poses enormous risks for countries, communities and islands across a region seen as a laboratory for solutions to the environmental crisis.
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Polynesia: Preparing Future Generations for Climate Change with Educational Marine Areas

Randonnée aquatique
With island states at grave risk of being submerged by rising waters, it has never been more important to educate young people on the pleasures and perils of the sea, and on the need to find ways to adapt to climate change. In an initiative backed by France, teachers and experts are using Educational Marine Areas to teach youngsters about their surrounding marine environment - and the things they can do to protect it.
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3 Drivers of Sustainable Transitions in French Overseas Territories

Wind turbines in New Caledonia
Perhaps more than anything else, three things drive the economies of French overseas territories in helping them adopt a more sustainable model: energy transitions, agricultural reforms and sustainable socioeconomic development. All three are among the themes highlighted in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Call for projects

The Kiwa Initiative: Call for Ideas 2021 Now Open for Regional Projects

Kiwa Initiative, AFD, biodiversity and climate change adaptation in the Pacific: 2021 Call for Ideas open
The Kiwa Initiative aims to strengthen the climate change resilience of Pacific Island ecosystems, communities and economies through Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). Launched by AFD in 2020, the initiative is the product of a unique commitment driven by France and the European Union, with Canada, Australia and New Zealand also on board. The call for ideas for regional projects is now open until September 15th 2021.
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