Africa

World Bank Institute Climate e-Bulletin Focuses on Durban [viewed]

World Bank20 October 2011: The October edition of the World Bank Institute's Climate Change Practice quarterly e-bulletin presents dialogues with various climate change experts, recorded via videoconference, that are focused on preparations for the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC.

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CIMMYT Introduces Climate-Resilient Crops in Ethiopia and China [viewed]

October 2011: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has reported on the release of new wheat and maize varieties that are resistant to disease and adapted to climate change in China and Ethiopia.

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Event: CIF SREP Pilot Countries Meeting [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) will hold a meeting of its pilot countries, to evaluate progress and discuss tasks ahead. Pilot countries taking part in SREP are: Ethiopia, Honduras, Kenya, Maldives, Mali and Nepal.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Views on Reforestation of Lands with Forest in Exhaustion [viewed]

27 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document containing a synthesis of parties' views on the implications of the inclusion of reforestation of lands with forest in exhaustion as afforestation and reforestation (A/R) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project activities (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.15).

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World Bank Supports Large-Scale Renewable Electricity Generation in South Africa [viewed]

World Bank27 October 2011: The World Bank approved a US$250 million loan for South Africa to help implement utility-scale, concentrated solar power and wind power plants for electricity generation.

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Event: International Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change and Food Security in West Asia and North Africa [viewed]

This workshop aims to address critical food security and livelihood challenges in West Asia and North African (WANA) countries and has the specific objectives to: provide a better understanding and assessment of the climate change impacts on agriculture and the associated vulnerability in the WANA region; discuss and develop informed decisions on practical adaptation strategies for the agricultural sector in the WANA region; discuss and suggest the appropriate ways to promote adaptation planning and implementation and its integration into the sustainable development planning in different countries in the WANA region; and develop a Regional Adaptation Framework for continuous information exchange on climate change impacts and adaptation amongst the different countries in the WANA region. The meeting is being co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), and others. ICARDA is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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African Economic Conference Calls for Climate Insurance for Farmers [viewed]

27 October 2011: With increasing volatility due to climate change and price shocks, delegates to the Sixth African Economic Conference heard that investment in agriculture alongside stabilization and insurance schemes, including for small holder farmers, may be necessary to ensure domestic price stability.

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Event: CIF PPCR Pilot Countries Meeting [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Pilot Program on Climate Resilience (PPCR) will hold a meeting to review progress and tasks ahead in implementing PPCR. The pilot programs and projects implemented under the PPCR are country-led, build on National Adaptation Programs of Action (NAPA) and other relevant country studies and strategies, and include countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.  

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Event: CIF FIP Pilot Countries Meeting [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Forest Investment Program (FIP) will hold a meeting of its pilot countries to evaluate progress and work ahead in reaching its objective of reducing deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and promoting sustainable forest management (SFM). Pilot countries participating in FIP are: Brazil, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Indonesia, Laos, Mexico and Peru.  

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Policy Board Meeting Deliberations, Recent Workshops [viewed]

26 October 2011: The UN-REDD Programme's October newsletter reviews recent activities related to its work on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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