Africa

International Rice Congress Launches Global Rice Science Partnership [viewed]

12 November 2010: The International Rice Congress (IRC), sponsored by the International Rice Research Center (IRRI), met in Hanoi, Viet Nam from 8-12 November 2010.

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CIF Meetings Approve Funding for Climate Resilience in Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Niger [viewed]

11 November 2010: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) will provide US$50 million grants to the Governments of Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Niger to pilot climate resilience strategies and integrate climate risk into their economic plans.

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Adaptation Fund Holds Signing Ceremony for First Project [viewed]

11 November 2010:  The Adaptation Fund held a signing ceremony in Washington, DC, US, of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Government of Senegal for a project focused on protecting its coastline from sea level rise.

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FAO Launches Africa Crop Calendar [viewed]

11 November 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a reference calendar that advises when to plant specific crops in a variety of agricultural zones for 43 African countries.

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European Commission Unveils Proposals to Consolidate Africa-EU Relations [viewed]

10 November 2010: Ahead of the Africa-EU Summit scheduled to take place from 29-30 November 2011 in Libya, the European Commission has published a Communication on consolidating Africa-EU relations, including on environmental sustainability, energy and climate change.

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OECD Holds Workshop on its Green Growth Strategy [viewed]

9 November 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held a workshop on "Green Growth Strategy: OECD Green Growth Strategy from the Perspective of Developing Countries," in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 28 October 2010.

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WMO Africa Meeting Outlines Priorities for National Meteorological Services [viewed]

8 November 2010: The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Regional Association for Africa met from 1-8 November 2010, in Marrakesh, Morocco, to discuss how African national meteorological and hydrological services and regional centers can deliver services supporting national and regional development goals, including better climate predictions and climate change adaptation assessments.

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WFP Donates Monitoring Stations to Ethiopia [viewed]

8 November 2010: The World Food Programme (WFP) has donated 50 weather stations to the Government of Ethiopia. The weather stations aim to enhance national risk and disaster management capacities.

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IFC Presents Climate Risk Assessment Pilot Studies [viewed]

November 2010: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) published a report titled "Climate Risk and Business: Practical Methods for Assessing Risk," which aims to better understand gaps and barriers to climate risk analysis, test and develop risk evaluation methodologies, and identify possible adaptation responses and needs of the private sector.

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All-Africa Energy Week Discusses Clean Energy for Sustainable Development [viewed]

5 November 2010: The first All-Africa Energy Week (AAEW) took place in Maputo, Mozambique, from 1-5 November 2010, on the theme "Energy Infrastructure and Services in the Context of Climate Challenges."

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