The European Union (EU) and the Government of Samoa have signed a Financing Agreement of EUR 13.5 million (approximately SAT 38 million), further solidifying the EU’s commitment to Samoa, and demonstrating its dedicated allegiance in the climate change and water sectors.
Like a number of Pacific Island Countries, Samoa is vulnerable to the existential threat of climate change and natural hazards. Climate change causes disrupting weather patterns, leading to extreme weather events, unpredictable water availability therefore exacerbating water scarcity and contaminating water supplies. This drastically affects the quantity and quality of water and may have serious implications on the public health.
The new funding, in the form of budget support, is one of the central pillars of the continued partnership between the EU and Samoa. The EU contribution will provide continuity and add value to the implementation of Samoa’s ‘Water for Life: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Plan 2020/2021 – 2024/2025’.
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