On April 12, 2021, Norway launched a new strategy to combat the climate crisis and hunger that marked a greater focus of Norway’s climate assistance on climate adaptation than before, in line with the Paris Agreement. The budget for climate adaption will increase from NOK3.2 billion (US$377 million) to NOK4.0 billion (US$471 million).
The overall goal of the strategy is to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by strengthening partner countries’ abilities to adapt to climate change and prevent and deal with climate-related threats and natural disasters. The support aims to eradicate hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable food systems based on agriculture, aquaculture, and fisheries.
The strategy has five thematic priority areas:
- Warning systems and climate services;
- Nature-based solutions;
- Climate-adapted food production;
- Infrastructure; and
- Innovative finance mechanisms.