Africa

IFAD Builds Adaptation Capacity of Smallholders [viewed]

IFAD3 December 2014: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) outlined investments to help smallholders adapt to climate change as a contribution to improved livelihoods, nutrition and environmental health. The ‘Smallholder Advantage Report' covers actions ranging from improved access to weather information to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and the cataloguing of traditional knowledge.

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LEG Reviews National Adaptation Planning Progress [viewed]

limacop202 December 2014: On the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Expert Group (LEG) presented an overview of the LEG programme at a side event organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat. The event discussed the LEG programme's first regional workshop for Pacific LDCs on National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and highlighted an information paper on the gaps and needs in the formulation of NAPs.

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CAN International Event Proposes INDC Equity Reference Framework [viewed]

limacop202 December 2014: Participants addressed challenges related to the scope and operationalization of equity approaches for the assessment and review of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) at a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference. Climate Action Network Canada (CAN-Rac) and Climate Action Network International (CAN International) organized the event, titled 'Equity and Differentiation in the Context of INDCs: The State of the Debate.'

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COP 20 Side Event Focuses on Clean Technology Funds [viewed]

limacop202 December 2014: Participants discussed the role of innovative models to support clean energy technologies and their international replicability, including in the context of shaping Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), at a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference. ClimateNet and the Swiss Association for Environmentally Conscious Management convened the event, titled 'Implementing and Replicating Innovative Energy Transition Programs and Clean Technology Funds.'

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Discussions on REDD+ Post-2015 Vision [viewed]

unredd2 December 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the December 2014 edition of its newsletter highlighting planned discussions on the post-2015 vision for REDD+ and UN-REDD. High-level discussions will be held with UN agencies, national governments and indigenous peoples at the margins of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.

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CIFOR Explores REDD+ Social Safeguards in Brazil, Indonesia and Tanzania [viewed]

CIFOR1 December 2014: In support of discussions on REDD+ at the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a series of briefs on REDD+ safeguards. The first in the series examines social safeguards in Brazil, Indonesia and Tanzania.

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Guest Article #117: Sharing Best Practices to Scale Up Mitigation Action: The Low Emission Capacity Building Programme's Annual Event [viewed]

The benefit of having 25 countries in a programme that spans the globe and represents a range of economic standing from least developed to emerging economies is the incredible amount of south-south learning that can be generated.

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AfDB, World Bank Partner to Improve Hydromet Services in Africa [viewed]

AfDB27 November 2014: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank held a seminar on improving Africa's hydrological and meteorological systems in order to capture weather and climate data and disseminate information to assist in development planning. Discussions emphasized the critical role of hydrometeorological services in providing information to support economic development and build resilience in many sectors in Africa, including disaster risk reduction and management, water, agriculture, transport, energy, public health and aviation safety and security.

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November 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adb-eib-idb-wb-ifad-unidoNovember 2014: During November 2014, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the World Bank reported on project approvals and progress in ongoing projects in Africa and Asia. AfDB, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank launched publications on, inter alia, climate adaptation technologies, urban climate resilience and climate finance.

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US$413 Million Pledged at Cookstoves Future Summit [viewed]

Clean Cookstoves21 November 2014: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves's inaugural pledging event, the Cookstoves Future Summit, raised more than US$400 million for clean cooking technologies over three years. The pledges come from a diverse range of stakeholders, including governments, UN agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and address a range of actions, including affordability and access, awareness and behavior change, monitoring and standards and technology.

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