Africa

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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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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