Africa

World Bank, GEF and Others Partner to Improve Remote Sensing Observation in the Middle East [viewed]

9 June 2011: The World Bank has approved US$4.59 million in Global Environment Facility (GEF) grants, and partnered with NASA and USAID, to improve water resource and agricultural management in Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon and the Arab Water Council.

read more »

UNEP Hosts Faith Groups' Meeting on Climate Justice [viewed]

9 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted an event organized by the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI), the All Africa Churches Conference (AACC) and the Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA) to discuss the position of faith groups on the environment and humanity, in particular climate change and its effects on Africa.

read more »

ITTO Releases Report on Tropical Forest Management [viewed]

7 June 2011: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released a report titled "Status of Tropical Forest Management 2011," which states that the area of tropical forests under sustainable management has increased by 50% since 2005. It also warns that over 90% of tropical forests globally are poorly managed or not at all.

read more »

ASB, IISD Hold Workshops for REDD+ Negotiators in Cameroon and Viet Nam [viewed]

6 June 2011: The Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) recently organized two workshops on capacity building for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) negotiators and stakeholders.

read more »

AfDB Invests in Solar and Wind Power in Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

6 June 2011: The African Development Bank (AfDB) is providing a US$365 million loan to South Africa to support its national electricity utility, Eskom, in implementing a US$1.3 billion renewable energy project to introduce concentrated solar power to sub-Saharan Africa and the first utility-scale wind power plant to South Africa.

read more »

World Bank's Lighting Africa Initiative Reports Success Stories [viewed]

6 June 2011: The World Bank's Lighting Africa Initiative is showcasing examples of success in providing off-grid lighting to poor communities in Africa.

read more »

Methodology for Calculating Mangrove Carbon Storage Approved [viewed]

6 June 2011: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has approved a methodology for calculating mangrove carbon storage, which was developed by IUCN, the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) and Sylvestrum.

read more »

AU Establishes Task Force on Integrated Maritime Strategy [viewed]

3 June 2011: The African Union (AU) has formed a cross-department task force to develop Africa's Integrated Maritime (AIM) Strategy, which will articulate an "overarching multilayered African-driven long term vision" to address Africa's maritime challenges and opportunities.

read more »

Event: High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy [viewed]

This high-level consultative forum will provide an opportunity for Ministers of Energy from Africa to engage with experts from Regional Economic Commissions, national entities, international partners, the UAE Government, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union (AU)-UN Regional Consultative Mechanism, the EU-Africa Energy partnership, key energy NGOs and others. IRENA is convening the meeting to discuss specific implementation challenges facing Africa with respect to renewable energy technologies, as well as practical approaches to generate the critical policy and technical information, advice and capacity that is required to support the extensive deployment of renewable energy in Africa.  

read more »

World Bank Publishes Study on Climate Change Impacts in North African Cities [viewed]

4 June 2011: The World Bank led a study on “Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Disasters Preparedness in the Coastal Cities of North Africa,” which estimates that the economic impacts of climate change in Alexandria, Casablanca and Tunis will be more than $1 billion each between now and 2030.

read more »