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PA GLOBAL WARMING GRANTS TO 27 DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

Release Date: 12/13/94
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PA GLOBAL WARMING GRANTS TO 27 DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

FOR RELEASE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1994

U.S AWARDS OVER $5 MILLION DOLLARS IN GLOBAL WARMING

GRANTS TO 27 DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

EPA and nine other federal agencies this week officially awarded $5.5 million dollars in climate change study grants to 27 developing countries. These nations will use the money to develop greenhouse gas inventories and action plans for reducing global warming emissions. The funding comes from the U.S. Country Studies Program, a coalition of 10 U.S. government agencies aimed at providing financial and technical support to developing countries to help them meet their responsibilities as Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Convention, unveiled in April 1992 at the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development (also known as the Rio Treaty or Earth Summit), so far has been signed by 166 countries and ratified by 93. The U.S. Country Studies Program previously gave $25 million in climate change study grants to 26 other developing countries, bringing the grant total to $30.5 million. All the recipient countries must provide grants matching the U.S. contribution up to 50 percent. The 27 countries receiving this week's grants are Bangladesh, Ecuador, Indonesia, Malawi, Philippines, Tanzania, Uruguay, Bolivia, Estonia, Ivory Coast, Mauritius, Romania, Thailand, Western Samoa, Botswana, Fiji, Kenya, Mozambique, Slovak Republic, Uganda, Zambia, China, Hungary, Kiribati, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Ukraine. The U.S. Country Studies Program comprises EPA, the Department of Energy, the Agency for International Development, the State Department, the National Oceanic and Atmos-pheric Administration, the Department of Agriculture, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Interior, and the Department of Health and Human Services. For further technical information, contact Alexander Winslow at 202-260-4033.

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