Africa

CCAFS Workshop Develops Evaluation Methods for Climate-Information Services [viewed]

CCAFSAugust 2013: To provide assistance to better understand the impacts of agro-meteorological service information on farmer livelihood, a dozen experts gathered in Kaffrine, Senegal, to develop a methodology to evaluate climate services for farmers in Africa and South Asia. The methodology aimed to be: gender-responsive; quantitative; community-based and context specific; iterative; and scalable.

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CIFOR and AfDB Use Radio to Communicate Forest – Climate Change Links [viewed]

afdb-cifor16 August 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) have announced progress on the CIFOR-COBAM radio program, which presents information on the links between climate change and forests in Cameroon, enabling local populations' access to the latest climate science and policy developments.

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Project Proposal in Mali, Invites Comments on Environmental and Social Policy [viewed]

Adaptation Fund15 August 2013: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has released the report of its 21st meeting, which was held back-to-back with the 12th meetings of the AFB's Project and Programme Review Committee and the Ethics and of the Finance Committee. 

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SIDS DOCK Meeting Discusses Energy Issues for AIMS [viewed]

sidsdock1 August 2013: The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) DOCK project held its first meeting for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea (AIMS) region, the final meeting in a series of regional SIDS DOCK meetings. The meeting agreed upon and finalized discussions on programmatic and operational issues including climate, energy and water and financing mechanisms in SIDS.

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ICRAF Annual Report Welcomes a 20-Year Strategy for Agroforestry [viewed]

cgiar-icraf13 August 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) released its 2012-2013 annual report welcoming the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium Research Program 6 'Forests, Trees and Agroforestry' (CRP6), and the associated collaboration with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

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Event: Governor's Climate and Forests Task Force 2013 Annual Meeting [viewed]

The GCF Annual Meeting is an opportunity for information exchange and for member countries (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain and the US) and partners to provide updates on their REDD+ activities and achievements. The meeting will also convene a high level policy dialogue on REDD+ issues.  

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UN and Indigenous Peoples Call for Indigenous Perspectives in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Unpfii29 August 2013: On International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, indigenous leaders and UN representatives called for indigenous perspectives to be reflected in public decision making, including discussions of the post-2015 development agenda.

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ICRAF Studies Local Knowledge in Ethiopian Farming Systems [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)5 August 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released a brochure on the value of local knowledge in agroforestry systems. The publication examines farming systems in Ethiopia supported under the "sustainable tree - crop - livestock intensification as a pillar for the Ethiopian climate resilient green economy" initiative.

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UN Names Next UNEP Deputy Executive Director [viewed]

z_ibrahim_thiaw2 August 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Ibrahim Thiaw (Mauritania) as Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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IRENA Report Highlights Disparate Results of Science Assessing Biomass Potential in Africa [viewed]

IRENA1 August 2013: A new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ) provides a comparative review of science on biomass resources in Africa, finding it impossible to offer a concrete assessment or figure on biomass availability due to the magnitude of differences in biomass potential reported in the literature. 

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