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African Development Bank Hires Ottawa Lobbyist, Seeking Funds ‘to Develop Climate Capacity’

Farmer in Malawi by Stephen Morrison, AusAID/Wikipedia

The African Development Bank has hired an Ottawa lobbyist to reinforce its quest for funds to help the continent “develop the capacity to address climate change”, iPolitics reports.

“The new registration, filed last week, was made by Trisha Rinneard of Ottawa’s Wellington Advocacy,” the Hill-watching publication writes [1]. “The targets of the lobbying efforts, according to the filing, are Environment and Climate Change Canada and Global Affairs Canada.”

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iPolitics says the Trudeau government’s supplementary spending elements, tabled in Parliament and adopted in December, “earmarked C$296 million to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to help developing countries tackle climate change.” The funds will be directed to the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and to the World Bank to establish the Canada Clean Energy and Forest Facility, part of Canada’s Paris Agreement pledge [3] in November 2015 to devote $2.65 billion over five years to climate finance. 

Canadian climate groups have maintained ever since that the November promise falls short [4] of the country’s fair share contribution to international climate finance.