Africa

Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Highlights PES and REDD Activities [viewed]

FAO21 September 2011: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that works on forest issues in the Mediterranean region, has released the September 2011 issue of its newsletter, which reports on recent forest-related activities within the Mediterranean region, including a regional conference on payments of ecosystem services (PES) and a project on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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African Energy Ministers Conference Adopts Johannesburg Declaration [viewed]

African Union (AU)16 September 2011: African Energy Ministers convened for a two-day conference titled “Road to Durban: Promoting Sustainable Energy Access in Africa,” to develop and agree on priorities for sustainably developing Africa's energy sector. Concluding with the adoption of the Johannesburg Declaration, the Ministers lamented that climate change threatens to reverse the developmental gains that have been achieved in recent years.

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WFP-Led Public-Private Partnership Expands Rural Resilience Initiative to Senegal [viewed]

19 September 2011: The World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam America have committed to expanding their R4 Rural Resilience initiative, with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Swiss RE, from Ethiopia to Senegal over the next five years.

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UNDP, UNEP Showcase Small-Scale Adaptation Actions to Address the Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

15 September 2011: A new paper published in the journal Sustainability, authored by Richard Munang and Johnson N. Nkem and titled "Using Small-Scale Adaptation Actions to Address the Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa: Going Beyond Food Aid and Cash Transfers," showcases lessons learned from the Climate Change Adaptation and Development Programme (CC DARE), which was jointly implemented by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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Adaptation Fund Board Accredits New Implementing Entities [viewed]

Adaptation Fund16 September 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) took a number of decisions at its 15th meeting, including a decision to increase the number of National Implementing Entities to six with the accreditation of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) of Belize as a National Implementing Entity (NIE) and the African Development Bank as a Multilateral Implementing Entity (MIE).

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EU-South Africa Summit Discusses Preparations for Durban and Rio+20 [viewed]

15 September 2011: The leaders of South Africa and the European Union (EU) met on 15 September 2011 at Kruger National Park, South Africa, to reaffirm their commitment to a strategic partnership based on shared values and interests, including sustainable development, climate change and biodiveristy.

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US Launches Apps4Africa: Climate Challenge [viewed]

15 September 2011: As part of its engagement with emerging African partners in addressing the challenge of climate change, the US Department of State has announced the intention to sponsor “Apps4Africa: Climate Challenge,” a public diplomacy program comprised of three African regional competitions to address local climate change challenges through the use of mobile technology.

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CGIAR Conference Debates Latest Research on REDD+ and Sustainable Development [viewed]

September 2011: The Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) held a conference at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC, US, on 26 August 2011, to examine issues related to understanding the relationships between carbon emissions and rural livelihoods.

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African Ministerial Conference Releases Johannesburg Communiqué on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

A call to action14 September 2011: The African Ministerial Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture concluded with the adoption of the Johannesburg Communiqué, which underscores the need to put climate-smart agriculture high on the political agenda.

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GEF Promotes Climate Change Dialogue with African Youth [viewed]

GEF14 September 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the initiative Connect4Climate has initiated an interactive dialogue on climate change issues amongst African youth and social media users around the world.

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