Africa

AU Summit Adopts Decisions on Youth Employment, Climate Change and UNCSD [viewed]

1 July 2011: The 17th session of the African Union (AU) Summit has adopted a decision on youth employment and other measures to support the Summit's theme "Youth empowerment for sustainable development," as well as decisions to prepare for the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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CIF Projects Focus on Climate Resilience and Forests [viewed]

1 July 2011: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved US$444 million in grants and near-zero-interest loans to support five nation-wide strategic programmes for climate resilience in Cambodia, Mozambique, Nepal, St. Lucia, and Zambia, as well as US$90 million in grants for sustainable forest management (SFM) and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) initiatives in Burkina Faso and Congo DRC.

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ECREEE Newsletter Highlights 2011 Work Plan and Budget of the Centre [viewed]

June 2011: The Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) has published its third newsletter, which highlights the review and approval by the second Executive Board meeting of ECREEE of the 2010 Status Report and the 2011 Work Plan of the Centre. The meeting took place on 28 January 2011 in Praia, Cape Verde.

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Event: Forest Day 5 [viewed]

Forest Day 5 will take place in Durban, South Africa, on 4 December 2011, on the sidelines of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC. The Day will seek to inform the UNFCCC global agenda and forest stakeholders on ways to implement an international REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) funding mechanism that produces social and environmental benefits, above and beyond avoided emissions. The event will have a particular focus on Africa, looking at the tropical forests of the Congo Basin and elsewhere, and the continent's wide expanses of dry forest areas.  

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IFAD Calls for Investment in East Africa to Avert Food Crisis [viewed]

5 July 2011: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has highlighted the impacts of climate change in East Africa, calling for investment in agriculture and smallholder farmers to prevent a major food crisis.

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REEEP Announces Funding for 21 Low-Carbon Energy Projects [viewed]

30 June 2011: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has announced €3 million in funding for 21 clean energy projects in 17 countries, focusing on improving access to modern energy services and promoting low carbon energy development in developing countries.

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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Work on Biodiversity and REDD+ [viewed]

June 2011: The June newsletter for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) describes CIFOR's outreach to make research on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) more accessible to a broad range of stakeholders, as well as news from recent meetings on climate change and bushmeat.

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African Renewable Energy Conference Focuses on Gender [viewed]

1 July 2011: The third International Conference of the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA), held on the theme “Renewable Energy and Gender,” aimed to provide a platform for participants to consult about the policies, technologies and financial mechanisms needed to promote renewable energy deployment in the African region, with a focus on the linkages between energy and gender.

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UNFCCC Launches CDM Radio Contest in Africa [viewed]

30 June 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched a radio contest for African radio journalists to create a radio story that answers the question: “How can my community/city/country benefit from the CDM?”

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GEF SGP Funds Reforestation and Forest Rehabilitation in Malawi [viewed]

29 June 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) is funding a US$41,321 project for the rehabilitation of degraded forests in the Soche Mountain Forest Reserve in Malawi.

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