Rise in sea levels and temperatures, escalation of natural hazards, shift of rainfall patterns, bleaching of coral reefs… OCTs are very vulnerable to climate change while they significantly contribute to EU biodiversity.
The Thematic Programme for Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) aims to increase resilience to the effects of climate change and to facilitate and support the development of low-carbon, energy efficient economies across the target 25 Overseas Countries and Territories.
Extensive area of operation
The Thematic Programme will be implemented in 25 EU and UK Overseas Countries and Territories:
12 British territories: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Montserrat, Pitcairn, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, St Helena, Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha, Turks and Caicos Islands
6 Dutch territories: Aruba, Bonaire, Curação, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten
6 French territories: French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Territories, New Caledonia and Dependencies, Wallis and Futuna Islands, Saint Barthélemy and Saint Pierre and Miquelon
1 Danish territory: Greenland.
Supporting economic, social and environmental sustainable development in the OCTs
By the end of the Programme, the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the target OCTs will have been enhanced. As such the programme aims to :
• raise the capacity of target OCTs to carry out assessments related to disasters in public health, sanitary crisis and climate change;
• improve management, storage technologies and new models of energy for target OCTs;
• increase knowledge across target themes, support the development and adoption of related tools and build the capacities to facilitate the development, financing and deployment of bankable renewal energy and energy efficiency projects across the target OCTs.
Our intervention strategy
The Thematic Programme for OCTs focuses on activities which:
• support the management of the current crisis, in particular COVID-19 response measures, immediate health emergency care, and any actions that can improve the societal resilience and security nets in the OCTs;
• improve the integrated and sustainable management of land, coastal and marine resources; and
• support the development and implementation of water management and security measures across the OCTs.
The programme is currently in its “inception” phase. It conducts bilateral and multilateral meetings and workshops with the key stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries to:
• understand their priorities related to climate resilience and transition towards a low carbon energy economy;
• reinforce understanding, dialogue and collaboration with OCTs;
• identify existing strategies and initiatives, and learn from their experience;
• design activities to respond to the identified needs of the target OCTs.