Africa

Event: Africa Climate Conference 2013 [viewed]

Convened by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC), the Africa Climate Conference 2013 (ACC-2013) will bring together stakeholders to identify the state of knowledge on the African climate system, including gaps in knowledge, put forward an African agenda for future climate research to inform adaptation decisions, and develop a framework for mainstreaming climate change into policy.  

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FAO and Partners Release Tool to Estimate Carbon Stocks in Trees [viewed]

FAO1 July 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) and Tuscia University, released a new tool to asses carbon stocks in forests.

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Green Climate Fund Selects First Executive Director [viewed]

Green Climate Fund (GCF)30 June 2013: During a recent meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which took place from 25-28 June 2013, in Songdo, Republic of Korea, the Board selected by consensus Hela Cheikhrouhou (Tunisia) as its first Executive Director, to lead the independent Secretariat of the Fund. Other aspects for the operationalization of the Fund were also considered.

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UNDP and Government of Japan Launch Second Phase of Satoyama Initiative Project [viewed]

UNDP27 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Government of Japan, have announced the second phase of the Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS), which includes new initiatives in Bhutan, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Mongolia, Namibia, and Niger. The Programme promotes inclusive, community-based approaches to the sustainable development of landscapes and seascapes, through support for biodiversity conservation, human security, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. 

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Zambia [viewed]

This meeting aims to promote exercises on national capacity development (NCSA), results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, as well as synergies in project design related to the biodiversity, climate, chemicals and desertification conventions. Participants will also hear updates on the GEF2020 Strategy and on the GEF-6 replenishment process. The targeted audience is GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions, representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF agencies.  

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IRENA Reports Examine CO2 Emissions Gains and Renewable Technology Shares for RE Scenarios in Africa [viewed]

IRENA13 June 2013: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released two publications, titled 'Southern African Power Pool: Planning and Prospects for Renewable Energy' and 'West African Power Pool: Planning and Prospects for Renewable Energy,' which examine various scenarios for the development of renewable energy in Africa and, for Southern Africa, calculate the gains in CO2 emissions.

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Indonesia Releases Score on Forest Governance [viewed]

unredd fao undp25 June 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has launched the English version of the report of the Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA) in Indonesia. The document, titled '2012 Indonesia Forest, Land and REDD+ Governance Index,' is the first of four PGA reports expected from REDD+ partner countries that also include Ecuador, Nigeria and Viet Nam.

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Event: LEG Workshop on Adaptation for African Anglophone LDCs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), this workshop aims to provide technical guidance and advice to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in addressing adaptation to climate change through the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), the LDC work programme and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process, through the exchange of information, and the promotion of regional synergies and synergies with other conventions. It will be preceded by a one-day preparatory meeting organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on 28 July, to discuss, among other issues, integration of biodiversity and climate change adaptation at the national level, progress in revising and updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and synergies in implementing the objectives of all three Rio Conventions at the national level. Participation of biodiversity experts in the UNFCCC workshop is facilitated through collaboration with the CBD Secretariat.  

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Guest Article #99: Lighting-Up a Low Carbon Future [viewed]

The lights are going on all over Africa, home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Overall, that is great news. Children can study at night without breathing harmful or environmentally damaging kerosene fumes; the sense of security in poor communities, where people live in fear when night falls, is hugely increased; productivity for businesses improves as they can stay open later; and commonplace fires, caused by fallen candles or spilt fuels, become rare.

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LDC Fund, Special Climate Change Fund Receive $198 Million in New Pledges [viewed]

20gef44 June 2013: The 14th meeting of the Adaptation to Climate Change for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) Council adopted decisions on, inter alia: the joint work program for the LDCF/SCCF; and the administrative budgets of the Funds. The Funds were bolstered by additional pledges, amounting to US$129 million for the LDCF and US$69.2 million for the SCCF.

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