Africa

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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UN-HABITAT, EU Launch Low-Emission City Growth Initiative [viewed]

9 March 2012: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the European Commission (EC) have launched a project, titled "Promoting Low Emission Urban Development Strategies in Emerging Economy Countries" (URBAN-LEDS), which aims to support cities' efforts in mitigating climate change.

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Event: Eighth African Development Forum [viewed]

The eighth African Development Forum (ADF) is being held under the theme "Governing and Harnessing Natural Resources for Africa's Development". The ADF will provide a forum for the presentation of the latest research results, opinions and developments within the following six areas: knowledge base, human and institutional capacities; policy, legal and regulatory issues; economic issues; governance, human rights and social issues; participation and ownership of natural resources; and environmental, material stewardship and climate change. The ADF is an biennial event of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). It was created in 1999 and is a multi-stakeholder platform for debating, discussing and initiating concrete strategies for Africa's development. It is convened in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and other partners.  

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IEA Executive Director Calls for Stronger Energy Policies [viewed]

8 March 2012: The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Maria van der Hoeven, has warned that the global economic crisis is diverting attention away from energy policy.

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