MWH, Broomfield, Colo., has been awarded a $4.5-million contract to provide advisory services to the European Commission as it implements the Global Climate Change Alliance, an initiative with developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands to integrate climate-change mitigation measures into the countries’ regional and national development. “According to all predictions, these countries will be the hardest hit by the adverse effects of climate change while having the least capacity to react and adapt to these climate impacts,” says MWH Chairman Robert Uhler. Under the contract, the firm is partnered with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. The alliance will focus on five areas: implementing adaptation measures, reducing emissions from deforestation, enhancing participation in the U.N. Clean Development Mechanism, helping poor countries better prepare for natural disasters and integrating climate change into poverty-reduction strategies.