Africa

IRENA High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy Adopts Communiqué [viewed]

10 July 2011: The IRENA High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy has concluded with the adoption of the Abu Dhabi Communiqué on Renewable Energy for Accelerating Africa's Development.

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FAO, WFP and Oxfam Issue Statement on Drought in Horn of Africa [viewed]

8 July 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has issued a joint statement with the World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam calling for humanitarian and food assistance to build food security and resiliency in the Horn of Africa, and noting the failure of the short rains in late 2010 and negative trends that threaten the long rainy season in 2011.

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Africa Carbon Forum: Opportunities for Carbon Offset Projects in Africa are Increasing [viewed]

6 July 2011: The 2011 Africa Carbon Forum, a regional trade fair and knowledge sharing platform for carbon investments, has ended with experts highlighting the increasing opportunities for carbon offset projects in the region, including Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects and voluntary projects.

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International Potato Center Releases Report Highlighting Biodiversity and Climate Priorities [viewed]

July 2011: The International Potato Center's (CIP) Annual Report presents a strategy for enhancing impacts and case studies from priority regions and issues. 

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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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