Africa

ECOWAS Adopts Framework to Phase-Out Incandescent Light Bulbs [viewed]

enlighten10 July 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have adopted a regionally-coordinated framework to transition to energy efficient lighting through the complete phase-out of incandescent lamps by 2020.

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Bioversity International Annual Report Documents Successes in Conservation of Agricultural and Forest Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity International8 July 2013: Bioversity International has released its 2012 Annual Report, which describes key research and project outcomes carried out by the organization related to the conservation of biodiversity, increased understanding of climate change impacts on agriculture, and opportunities for sustainable agricultural production.

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UNFCCC's Momentum for Change 2012 Report Focuses on the Urban Poor [viewed]

UNFCCC9 July 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the 2012 report on the Momentum for Change Initiative. The report features nine experiences that address climate change while improving livelihoods and living conditions in developing countries' urban areas.

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Adaptation Fund Board Supports Capacity Building for National and Regional Implementing Entities [viewed]

Adaptation Fund8 July 2013: At its 21st meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) requested the Secretariat to develop a readiness programme to assist national and regional implementing entities, in an effort to strengthen the quality of design and implementation of projects.

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FAO Assesses Tanzania's Forest Resources [viewed]

FAO8 July 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Government of Tanzania, with financial support from the Government of Finland, are carrying out a mapping exercise of Tanzania's forests to assess its resources, including the size of the carbon stock stored within its forests. 

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DESA Guidebook Reviews Green Economy Initiatives [viewed]

UNDESAJune 2013: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department for Economic and Social Development (DESA) has published the fourth guidebook in its series on the green economy. 'Issue 4: A guide to international green economy initiatives' provides background on international cooperation on green economy, reviews international green economy initiatives and includes a resource guide to green economy initiatives. 

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Global Network of River Basins Workshop Discusses Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNECE3 July 2013: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) hosted the fourth workshop on water and climate change in transboundary river basins, which also served as the first meeting of the global network of river basins on climate change adaptation.

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GEF Approves US$33 Million Grants for Climate Change Adaptation in Africa [viewed]

AFDB GEF2 July 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council recently approved several grants for promoting adaptation to climate change in Cameroon, Djibouti, Kenya, Angola and Madagascar. These grants will be channelled through the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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IFAD 2012 Annual Report Stresses Growth, Transparency and Response to Food Security Challenges [viewed]

IFADJuly 2013: In its 2012 Annual Report, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) documents the growth of the Fund from $7.9 to $11.9 billion since 2009, and highlights the new Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) as one of a number of new directions and initiatives.

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UNEP Risoe Centre Assesses Emission Reduction Opportunities in 15 ACP Countries [viewed]

UNEP RISO Centre11 June 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has released a compilation report assessing the status of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) development, capacity building and opportunities in 15 Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The report aims to inform decisions on policy making and project development to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the assessed countries and beyond.

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