Africa

International Center for Tropical Agriculture Releases "Two Degrees Up" Videos [viewed]

December 2010: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has developed a series of videos titled "Two Degrees Up," highlighting the potential impact of two degree warming on agriculture in Colombia and Ghana.

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Event: Third Africa Carbon Forum [viewed]

The Africa Carbon Forum is a trade fair and knowledge sharing platform for carbon investments in Africa. The third Africa Carbon Forum is being organized by the UNFCCC, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP Risoe Centre, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB). It is intended to bring together representatives from Designated National Authorities (DNA), national focal points, representatives from several UN agencies, governments and the private sector, and will include matchmaking and deal facilitation sessions that will allow potential CDM project developers to showcase their projects to interested parties, including investors and carbon buyers.  

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Event: New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is organizing an international conference on "New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture." Papers presented at the conference will focus on regional diversities and the technical, financial and institutional environments that will determine their future. Participants will discuss how smallholders will adapt to accommodate a changing global environment. Participation is by invitation.  

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ICRISAT Releases Strategic Plan to 2020 [viewed]

December 2010: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has released its strategic plan to 2020, titled "ICRISAT Strategic Plan to 2020: Inclusive Market-Oriented Development for Smallholder Farmers in the Tropical Drylands."

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CIFOR Publishes Report on Land Use Competition from Biofuel Expansion [viewed]

December 2010: The Center For International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a paper titled "Potential land use competition from first-generation biofuel expansion in developing countries."

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Japan and Arab States
Adopt Tunis Declaration [viewed]

12 December 2010: The second meeting of the Japan-Arab Economic Forum was held in Tunis, Tunisia, on 11 December 2010, on the basis of the Memorandum of Cooperation between Japan and the League of Arab States.

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UNEP Publishes ACP MEAs Project Update Newsletter [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released a newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project. The newsletter contains information on upcoming activities in the African, Caribbean and Pacific project hubs.

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UNDP Africa Adaptation Programme Hosts Regional Peer Review Meeting [viewed]

25 November 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Africa Adaptation Programme, with funding from the Government of Japan, is assisting 20 African countries in implementing integrated and comprehensive adaptation and resilience plans over a three year period.

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Event: Anglophone African Regional "Writeshop" [viewed]

This "writeshop" is being organized to support developing country researchers in their efforts to produce publications on disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change. The workshop will address topics that are relevant to climate change adaptation and the 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. Papers selected for the writeshop should focus on the themes of enabling environments, governance and ecosystem services. Applications are due on 31 December 2010.  

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World Bank, UNDP, Denmark and AOSIS to Support Renewable Energy in SIDS [viewed]

8 December 2010: The Government of Denmark, the World Bank and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to support island countries in scaling up their renewable energy efforts and shift to greater energy efficiency.

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