Africa

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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Gates Foundation Announces Grants to Support Crop Diversity and Climate Adaptation [viewed]

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (logo courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)23 February 2012: At the 35th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced seven new grants to agriculture totaling $200 million, including the $21 million Tropical Legumes II project and the $33 million Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa project.

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Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS [viewed]

Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS (photo courtesy of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation)22 February 2012: A group of 23 countries meeting in Moscow, Russian Federation, adopted the Joint Declaration of the Moscow Meeting on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS, which outlines the participants' shared position that the EU and its Member States must cease application of the Directive 2008/101/EC to airlines and aircraft operators registered in third States. Under the Directive, international civil aviation was included in the EU-Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as of 1 January 2012.

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Fourth Farmers' Forum Stresses Need to Address Food Insecurity and Climate [viewed]

Farmers' Forum21 February 2012: At the Fourth Meeting of the Farmers' Forum, representatives of smallholders, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers focused on the links between poverty reduction and food insecurity and improving sustainable agricultural development.

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GEF SGP Reports on Land Degradation Project in Uganda [viewed]

GEF SGP Reports on Land Degradation Project in Uganda (photo courtesy of the GEF Secretariat)21 February 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) presented the results of a project carried out in Uganda to disseminate sustainable land use practices while supporting income-generating activities at the community level.

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African Carbon Support Programme Seminar Highlights Durban Outcomes [viewed]

AfDB22 February 2012: The African Carbon Support Programme (ACSP) held a seminar for the African Development Bank (AfDB) staff, outlining the outcomes of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Durban, South Africa, in 2011.

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CCAFS Study Examines Models of Climate Impacts on Agriculture [viewed]

21 September 2011: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) hosted a science video seminar to accompany the launch of a study on "Climate Change in CCAFS Regions: Recent Trends Current Projections, Crop Climate Suitability, and Prospects for Improved Climate Model Information."

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Event: ClimDev-Africa High-Level Roundtable [viewed]

This roundtable will focus on mobilizing resources for the ClimDev-Africa Special Fund, which was established to pool resources and finance demand-driven projects in Africa that aim to generate and disseminate climate information at all levels. ClimDev-Africa is a joint strategic initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). These same institutions are hosting the event with host, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).  

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UNEP Releases Report on Financing Renewable Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

UNEP21 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled “Financing Renewable Energy in Developing Countries: Drivers and Barriers for Private Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa.” The report was released to mark the African launch of the 2012 UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, which took place on the side of 12th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-12/GMEF).  

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UNEP Facilitates African Workshop on Technology Action Plans [viewed]

UNEP17 February 2012: In support of the Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Project, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP Risoe Centre facilitated a capacity building workshop for the African region to assist in developing Technology Action Plans (TAPs). At the workshop, the report titled "Overcoming Barriers to the Transfer and Diffusion of Climate Technologies" was introduced.

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