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Climate Justice

Following the Scottish Parliament’s debate on climate justice in 2012 and Scotland’s International Climate Justice Conference in October 2013, the Scottish National Action Plan on Human Rights commits us to continue to champion climate justice because the worst impacts of climate change are falling on the poor and vulnerable.  Climate justice is a people-centered, human rights approach, which shares the benefits of equitable global development and the burdens of climate change fairly, and builds trust between developed and developing countries.

Scotland’s innovative Climate Justice Fund, initially supported by £6 million from our Hydro Nation programme, has supported 11 projects in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania and Rwanda by Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF), Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Tearfund, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University, Oxfam Scotland, Christian Aid Scotland and Water Witness International.  Additional information on the projects awarded grant in the first and second rounds of the Fund is available.

At COP21, the First Minister announced an extra £12 million will be invested by Scotland over the next four years to help reduce the impact of climate change on the world’s poorest communities.  The Scottish Government announced in March a boost in Hydro Nation support for the Climate Justice Fund to help improve the lives of people in Malawi through better access to clean, safe water: the University of Strathclyde is to receive £2 million over the next two years to extend the Water Futures programme.  The First Minister announced a £1 million contribution from the Scottish Government’s Climate Justice Fund to the UNFCCC Capacity-Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), established by the Paris Agreement.

The Climate Justice Innovation Fund (CJIF), funded by the CJF, was launched on 5 June 2017 to support projects developing innovative solutions for strengthening African communities against the effects of climate change.  It is managed and administered by the Corra Foundation (formerly Lloyds TSB Foundation), who have managed the Scottish Government's International Development Small Grants Programme since 2014.

On 17 September 2017 it was announced that £600,000 of CJIF funding would be split between six Scottish organisations working with partners in Africa on projects in the sub-Saharan priority countries of Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda.

The projects include:

  • installing a solar-powered electricity grid to power a cooling system for milk production in Malawi improving the efficiency and resilience of coffee production by small-holder growers in Rwanda training maize farmers in Malawi in conservation farming techniques;
  • upgrading water and electricity infrastructure in a small farming community in Malawi;
  • turning waste into energy and recyclable plastic in an urban area of central Zambia;
  • improving the nutrition of schoolchildren in Malawi.

The Scotland Lights Up Malawi climate justice initiative, originated by 2020 Climate Group, Glasgow Caledonian University, Keep Scotland Beautiful and SolarAid was supported with £200,000 from the Scottish Government and the Department for International Development's UK Aid Match.

One in five people around the world does not have access to modern, clean energy services - a major barrier to eradicating poverty.  The United Nations' Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative was launched in 2011 to mobilise global action in tackling this issue.  Scotland is committed to contributing to this important agenda and more information on what we are doing can be found here.

Contact: penny.george@gov.scot