Africa

Event: Second Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa [viewed]

The second Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-II) conference of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) provides a forum for dialogue and engagement with various stakeholders involved in climate and development in Africa. Convened under the theme "Climate and Development in Africa: Advancing knowledge, policy and practice," the conference is expected to provide a platform to: exchange knowledge and ideas to further the research, policy and practice; determine the strategic direction for the ClimDev-Africa programme; increase awareness and understanding of the current situation, including the state of policy, research and future needs for climate information; raise awareness on access and development of energy sources and their roles in development and economic transformation in Africa; and strengthen the preparedness of African negotiators ahead of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The ClimDev-Africa Programme is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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FAO, IFAD and WFP Call for Action to Avert Global Food Crisis [viewed]

4 September 2012: In response to increases in maize, wheat and soybean prices similar in magnitude to those seen during the 2007-2008 world food crisis, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have issued a joint statement calling for urgent action to avert global price shocks. 

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Launches Brick Production Initiative [viewed]

4 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) has launched an initiative aimed at reducing emissions of black carbon, toxics and other pollutants released through traditional brick production. 

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World Bank, Conservation International Support REDD Project in Madagascar [viewed]

World Bank28 August 2012: The World Bank's BioCarbon Fund, Conservation International and the Malagasy Ministry of Environment and Forestry have launched a project designed to protect 370,032 hectares of rainforest within the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor (CAZ) in Madagascar. The CAZ is a biodiversity hotspot.

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Achievements in Brazil, Indonesia, Mozambique and Uganda [viewed]

September 2012: The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the August edition of its News Update, inviting participation in its 20th anniversary celebrations, which will be held in 2013. The celebrations will describe CIFOR's journey from a small organization established in 1993, to its current state as a highly influential organization with over 200 partners.

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WMO Reports on African Weather, Climate and Agriculture Seminars [viewed]

WMO31 August 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that, from July to September 2012, over 120 roving seminars on weather and climate are being held in 15 west African countries. The one-day workshops aim to help farmers become more self-reliant in dealing with weather and climate issues that impact agricultural production.

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Tunisia to Establish National DRR Platform [viewed]

31 August 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that the Government of Tunisia has committed to establish a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), bringing the total number of national platforms worldwide to 82.

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FAO Releases First Status Report on Urban and Peri-urban Horticulture in Africa [viewed]

FAO30 August 2012: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released the “First Status Report on Urban and Peri-urban Horticulture in Africa.” Accompanying strong economic growth and expansion of urban centers in Africa, FAO notes the strong potential contribution of urban gardening to food security, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development.

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Workshop Focuses on Agricultural Statistics for Policy Making in Africa [viewed]

29 August 2012: A workshop on "Improving Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development – Africa Action Plan" highlighted the importance of ensuring the availability of statistics and data sets on the agriculture and rural sectors in the face of emerging development issues such as food vs. biofuels, climate change, environmental degradation and food security.

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World Bank Releases Water Partnership Programme 2011 Annual Report [viewed]

World Bank22 August 2012: The World Bank has published the 2011 Annual Report of the Water Partnership Programme (WPP), which highlights WPP impacts on: World Bank lending; climate change effects on water access; sustainable water availability; and achieving green growth.

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