Africa

GEF Council Approves Work Program with Ten Climate Change Projects/Programs [viewed]

15 November 2012: The 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program that amounts to US$174 million and benefits 63 countries. Ten of the projects and programs approved focus on climate change.

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NBI Launches State of the Nile Report [viewed]

15 October 2012: The Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) published the “State of the Nile River Basin Report 2012,” which highlights the fragile aquatic ecosystems of the Basin. The report notes the importance of the Nile for migratory birds and describes issues related to agricultural water use, power generation, navigation and climate change impacts on the basin.

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European Commission Study Outlines Options for a New UNFCCC Market Mechanism [viewed]

14 November 2012: The European Commission has released a study of design options for the new market mechanism (NMM) defined in the outcomes of the Durban Climate Conference, which took place in December 2011, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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World Bank Report Highlights Importance of Africa's Forests and Woodlands [viewed]

World Bank10 November 2012: The World Bank has released a special report, "Forests, trees, and woodlands in Africa: an action plan for World Bank engagement," highlighting the importance of Africa's forests for economic growth and development, and as providers of key ecosystem services supporting livelihoods and increased resilience to climate change. 

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UNEP Frankfurt School Convenes Sustainable Energy Finance Academy [viewed]

November 2012: The Frankfurt School - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy convened the Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy in Nairobi, Kenya, from 21-26 October 2012. This year's Academy focused on sustainable energy finance in Africa.

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FAO Film Documents Seed Diversity and Climate Adaptation in Ethiopia [viewed]

FAONovember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a short film that documents the ways Ethiopian smallholder farmers recognize and use seed diversity in their local farming practices to build resilience into their fields.

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UNEP Hosts Fumigation Training to Assist with Methyl Bromide Phase-Out in Africa [viewed]

UNEP10 October 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened phosphine fumigation training in Douala, Cameroon, from 8-10 October 2012. The training aimed to demonstrate available methyl bromide alternatives for the management of stored grain pests, and analyzed the application, efficacy, cost, availability, global warming potential, registration, phytotoxicity, and corrosiveness of alternatives.

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UNEP Executive Director Updates CPR on Climate Change Activities [viewed]

UNEP26 September 2012: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner reported to the 120th Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) on UNEP activities related to climate change, among other activities.

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Event: International Conference on Food Security in Dry Lands [viewed]

This conference is held under the auspices of the Heir Apparent, His Highness, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thaniin, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Bank, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) of Qatar Foundation, among other partners. The conference will bring together a broad range of stakeholders and will focus on three thematic areas, namely food security, water resources, and responsible investment. The conference will include a Ministerial Dialogue on Dry Lands Agriculture under a Changing Climate, which will focus on two themes: the energy-water-food nexus; and financing dry land agriculture and food production. The conference is expected to yield an outcome document with distilled summary recommendations that represent the consensus of the participants on future courses of action required under all thematic areas examined by the conference. The outcome document aims to lead to the adoption of the Doha Declaration that would clearly set a target percentage and date for the allocation of a significant proportion of the national public expenditure for programmes and projects to achieve food security on an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable basis. The outcome document will also present the main thrusts of an Action Plan to follow-up on agreed recommendations and commitments.  

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UN-REDD Launches Report on Lessons Learned from Africa [viewed]

29 October 2012: At its 9th Policy Board meeting, the UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) launched a publication titled "Lessons Learned: Africa."

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