Africa

Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Issues Rainfall Warning [viewed]

WMO29 February 2012: The 30th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 30) concluded with a warning that the Greater Horn of Africa, parts of which have suffered badly from drought in recent years, could suffer below normal rainfall during the March-May rainy season. 

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UN/ISDR Announces Morocco's DRR Platform Roadmap [viewed]

28 February 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that Morocco is to develop a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) to support policies for building resilience to disasters. A roadmap for creating Morocco's National Platform was developed at an intra-ministerial meeting in early February.

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Event: CIF SREP Intersessional Sub-Committee Meeting [viewed]

The Climate Investment Fund's Subcommittee on the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) will address investment plans for pilot countries in Africa, as well as a revised SREP results framework.  

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Land Grabs, Forest Carbon Co-benefits and Prospects for Rio+20 [viewed]

28 February 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the February issue of its newsletter, which summarizes recent CIFOR publications and blog postings on biodiversity, sustainable development and climate change in the context CIFOR's activities. 

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Event: First Technical Meeting of the Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIO-CC) [viewed]

This meeting is expected to discuss the technical support needed to develop and carry out the Challenge roadmap and action plan, consisting of a 20-year vision including regional and country level goals, objectives and targets. The Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIO-CC) aims to mobilize countries to come together and commit to island conservation and sustainable livelihoods, including by responding to the threat posed by climate change over the next 20 years. Focused on marine and coastal zones, the Challenge is set to build on efforts of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and the Nairobi Convention.  

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Event: Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum [viewed]

This meeting is co-hosted by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and IGAD's Climate Prediction and Applications Centre, and supported by the UN Strategy on Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Forum will discuss the prospects for the March-to-May rainy season and consider measures to ensure that early warning leads to early action in the event of a failure of the rains. In addition, ICPAC and UN/ISDR will hold joint training sessions to help strengthen the existing cooperation between climate scientists and disaster risk managers to advance information sharing for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the region.  

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Saudi Fund for Development Supports IFAD's Rural Development Projects [viewed]

24 February 2012: Responding to the food and nutrition crises in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and continued impacts of climate change, the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Arab Bank for Economic Development of Africa (BADEA) met with the International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD) to enhance collaboration on rural development in fragile States.

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IFAD Supports Investments in Improved Seed Varieties in Sudan [viewed]

24 February 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Sudan have signed a grant agreement for $10.7 million to improve food security and smallholder production through investment in improved seed varieties.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Launches CDM Radio Club for Africa [viewed]

UNFCCC23 February 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Radio Club for Africa, aimed at promoting awareness of the CDM in Africa and extending the CDM to communities that are yet to benefit from it.

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IFAD Governing Council Calls for Support for Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

23 February 2012: The 35th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) focused on the contribution of sustainable smallholder agriculture to meeting global food needs while protecting the environment.

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