Africa

CIF to Release US$50 million to AfDB for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Nigeria [viewed]

22 February 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) will release US$50 million to stimulate energy efficiency and renewable energy generation in Nigeria. The funds, administered by CIF's Clean Technology Fund (CTF), will be used to support investments by local banks in efficient, clean and affordable energy, as part an existing program of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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UNEP's AEO-3 Highlights Health Effects of Environmental Change [viewed]

21 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Third African Environment Outlook (AEO-3) Summary for Policy Makers, commissioned by the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). The report focuses on the links between environment and health, and includes subsections on: air quality; biodiversity; chemicals and waste; climate change and variability; coastal and marine resources; freshwater and sanitation; and land.

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Kenya Tea Factories Reduce Emissions via Increased Energy Efficiency and Use of Renewables [viewed]

UNDP20 February 2013: Kenyan tea factories are reported to have decreased their carbon emissions and increased their energy efficiency while increasing farmer and factory workers' incomes and productivity, following the construction of a hydro-power plant in Kenya's Nyeri district.

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UNITAR, IGAD Partner to Improve Disaster Reduction in East Africa [viewed]

15 February 2013: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), through its Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAP), has partnered with East Africa's Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to promote the use of geospatial technologies to improve disaster reduction in East Africa.

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AfDB Reports on CIF Projects Implementation [viewed]

20 January 2013: The Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department (ONEC) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) released the second edition of the Bank's semi-annual report on its Climate Investment Funds (CIF) activities, which showcases expected results from projects underway in Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger and South Africa.

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ClimDev-Africa Becomes Operational Further to ACP's Grant [viewed]

19 February 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has reported that the ACP (Africa-Caribbean-Pacific) Group of States has granted €20 million to the special fund for the Climate for Development in Africa Programme (ClimDev-Africa). The grant will enable ClimDev-Africa to become operational.

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CIF Annual Report Focuses on the "Climate for Change" [viewed]

14 February 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has released its 2012 annual report, titled "Creating the Climate for Change." In its fourth year of operations, the fund is in expansion with over 70 new countries asking for support.

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BASIC Countries Urge Developed Countries to Ratify the Kyoto Protocol Amendments [viewed]

14 February 2012: The 14th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change concluded with the adoption of a joint statement in which ministers reaffirm that the Kyoto Protocol remains a key component of the international climate regime, and appreciate the leadership demonstrated by developed countries that joined the second commitment period.

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Congo Basin Forest Fund Supports Forest Monitoring [viewed]

FAO - COMIFAC1 February 2013: The Congo Basin Forest Fund has launched a forest monitoring initiative to support improved remote sensing use for forest cover and forest cover change. The initiative, totaling €6.1 million, will also provide technical support for the development of forest monitoring proposals for funding under REDD+ programmes.

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Event: CBD Sub-regional Workshop for Anglophone Africa on the Integration of Climate Change and Ecosystem-based Adaptation in NBSAPs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with a financial contribution from the Government of Japan, this workshop is being held back-to-back with the technical workshop organized by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation to climate change under the Nairobi Work Programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, held from 21-23 March 2013, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop will support the update and/or implementation of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans (NBSAP) and the development of national climate change adaptation plans.  

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