Africa

REEEP Reports on Expansion of South African Municipal Energy Efficiency Fund [viewed]

20 March 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) reports that the South African Government will continue and expand its Municipal Energy Efficiency Demand Side Management (EEDSM) fund for another three years, which will support energy efficiency improvements to public infrastructure at the municipal level.

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GEF-Funded UNEP-WCMC Project Focuses on Conservation Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 March 2012: The University of Kent has announced that, together with the University of Durham, it is conducting research on mitigating the conservation impacts of climate change on protected areas in West Africa, as part of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) financed project, led by the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

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Adaptation Fund Board Sets $100 Million Fundraising Target [viewed]

Adaptation Fund20 March 2012: In light of the fall in the prices of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), which provide the main source of funding for the Adaptation Fund, the Adaptation Fund Board discussed funding priorities during its 17th meeting.

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COMIFAC/CIFOR Reveals Doubling of Deforestation Rates in Congo Basin [viewed]

20 March 2012: The "Forests of the Congo Basin: State of the Forest 2010" report, developed by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and other partners, highlights the drivers of deforestation that have contributed to a doubling of gross deforestation rates in the Congo Basin since 1990.

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UN-REDD Supports "REDD+ University" in Nigeria [viewed]

20 March 2012: The UN-REDD Programme is supporting a short course on the basics of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) in Calabar, Nigeria.

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Event: Workshop for Sharing Lessons in Africa on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

This workshop on climate change adaptation in Africa, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is being held to provide a forum for knowledge sharing and exchange of ideas on common climate change risks, build on lessons learnt from project implementation to formulate common solutions in support of national policy processes and identify best practices for delivering adaptation solutions. The workshop also aims to engage key regional partners and policy makers across the continent on climate change adaptation.  

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Event: Third Clean Energy Ministerial [viewed]

The Third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3) will bring together over 20 participating countries to discuss progress made by the 11 CEM clean energy initiatives, increased intergovernmental cooperation, and public-private partnerships in support of clean energy deployment. The CEM is an initiative of the Major Economies Forum (MEF), which was established in early 2009 to facilitate a positive outcome of climate change negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The 23 governments participating in CEM initiatives are Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the United States.  

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UNEP Announces Norwegian Support to Climate Adaptation in Ethiopia [viewed]

UNEP14 March 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the Government of Norway is providing US$1.5 million to the Ethiopian Environment Ministry to upscale activities to address climate change in vulnerable communities. The grant is intended to assist communities in addressing food insecurity and environmental degradation linked to climate change.   

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UN CC:Learn Malawi Workshop Focuses on Capacity to Address Climate Change [viewed]

UN CC:Learn8 March 2012:  The Government of Malawi held a National Planning Workshop for the national UN CC:Learn Project on “Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change.”

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Event: Regional African DNA Training and Workshop [viewed]

The aim of this meeting is to provide Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Designated National Authorities (DNAs) from the African region with the training they require to function effectively.  

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