Africa

Africa Environment Day Focuses on Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

3 March 2011: In celebrations for the ninth Africa Environment Day, the African Union (AU) Commission, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and local partners, highlighted the importance of sustainable forest management (SFM) for sustainable development and addressing climate change.

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FCPF, GEF Organize Brazil-Africa Event on REDD+ and Community Forestry [viewed]

11 February 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), with the help of the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), the Office National des Forêts International (ONFI) and a grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), organized a 10-day South-South exchange on community forestry and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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AAP Board Meeting Builds Momentum for 2011 [viewed]

UNDP10 February 2011: The Board of the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) met on 10 February 2011, in New York, US, to review progress achieved and challenges faced in 2009 and 2010, and discuss the work ahead for 2011.

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UNEP, UNESCO, WMO Organize "African Climate Teach-in Day" [viewed]

March 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Ecological Society for Eastern Africa, Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) and others have partnered to organize "African Climate Teach-in Day," a day devoted to lectures and lessons around the issue of climate change in Africa, to be held in universities and secondary schools across the continent.

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ESCAP Trust Fund Expands to Include Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change [viewed]

3 March 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) has announced that the UN ESCAP trust fund supporting early warning systems for tsunamis will be expanded to include disaster preparedness and climate change activities in Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia countries.

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UNCTAD's "Road to Rio+20" Discusses Low-Carbon Growth [viewed]

2 March 2011: The UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released the first of a series of publications aimed at provoking discussion, advancing new ideas and providing inspiration on sustainable development issues for the Rio 2012 Conference.

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Growing Forest Partnerships Releases February Newsletter [viewed]

February 2011: The Growing Forest Partnership (GFP) has released the February issue of its newsletter. GFP is an initiative funded by the World Bank that supports local, national and international networks to ensure that global discussions about forests include the real and current challenges faced by forest-dependent people and local forest managers.

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World Bank, DANIDA Establish First Climate Innovation Center [viewed]

31 January 2011: The World Bank will establish the world's first Climate Innovation Center (CIC) in Nairobi, Kenya, an initiative spearheaded by the Royal Danish Embassy (DANIDA) and the Bank's Information for Development Program (infoDev).

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Business Call to Action Partner to Boost Clean Energy in Ghana [viewed]

24 February 2010: As part of its commitment to the Business Call to Action (BCtA), Abellon CleanEnergy Ltd, an Indian based-company, has pledged to generate 25,000 jobs over the next five years, and to produce clean and affordable energy that could benefit 100,000 households in Ghana.

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Focuses on Forest Partnerships [viewed]

February 2011: The January 2011 issue of the newsletter of Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), looks at a newly formed partnership, the Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests, and reviews the outcomes of a workshop on forest policy and climate change in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region.

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