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Quebec climate cooperation program supporting Development and Peace projects wins international outreach excellence award

A villager stands in her vegetable patch, grown under the aegis of a PCCI-funded project carried out from 2017 to 2020 in Madagascar.

MONTREAL, December 13, 2021 — Development and Peace — Caritas Canada congratulates Quebec’s Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques for winning the Rayonnement international (international outreach) award of excellence, presented by the Institut d’administration publique du Québec, for its International Climate Cooperation Program (PCCI) on November 25, 2021. Since its launch in 2016, this program has supported three Development and Peace projects in Madagascar and Haiti.

Created by the Government of Quebec in response to the Paris climate agreement, the PCCI supports African and Caribbean francophone countries’ efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change and to limit their greenhouse gas emissions. In 2019, the PCCI also won the prestigious United Nations Global Climate Action Award for financing sustainable development projects addressing climate change. To date, it has invested more than $27 million in supporting 37 projects run by Quebec non-profits, businesses and research institutions, including three Development and Peace projects.

In Madagascar, our first PCCI-funded project ran from 2017 to 2020 in 51 fokontany (villages) in the province of Antananarivo. It aimed to increase the resilience of select peri-urban communities to the impacts of climate change. The main results were the development and implementation of 51 climate change adaptation micro-projects, as well as the creation of a community garden and an ecological village.

In Haiti, the PCCI-funded PROCLIMA project took place from 2018 to March 2021 in the communes of Cavaillon, Maniche, Saint-Louis-du-Sud and Aquin. Its main results included the development of agroforestry and vegetable gardens featuring 15 plant species and a poultry farm, as well as increased awareness of climate change and agroforestry. Notably, the participation of women leaders in the project was greater than expected.

Our current PCCI project, also in Madagascar, began in November 2020. It aims to protect livelihoods through the adoption of soil conservation and sustainable development practices in Antananarivo (as an extension of the first project mentioned above) and in Bongolava.

These projects are carried out thanks to the financial participation of the Government of Quebec and are in line with the objectives of the 2030 Plan for a Green Economy.

Development and Peace is proud of its partners in the Global South, as well as the ties it has forged with Quebec organizations.

Development and Peace is also very grateful for the support it receives for these and other projects from the Government of Quebec. In addition to furthering the pursuit of social and ecological justice, its award-winning International Climate Cooperation Program positions the Province of Quebec as a significant progressive force on the world stage.

About Development and Peace — Caritas Canada

Development and Peace — Caritas Canada is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada. It works in partnership with local organizations in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin American and the Middle East to create greater justice in the world and to act in solidarity with the most vulnerable people.

For more information, contact:

Emma Harries
Communications and Public Relations Advisor
Development and Peace — Caritas Canada
514 257-8710 ext. 318 | emma.harries@devp.org

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