Africa

44th GEF Council Meeting Approves US$369.82 Million Work Program [viewed]

gef4420 June 2013: The 44th Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program amounting to US$369.82 million, comprising 48 projects on biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), as well as multi-focal area projects.

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WTO Trade and Environment Committee Discusses Carbon Footprint Labels [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)20 June 2013: At a recent meeting, the members of the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) exchanged information on and discussed experiences in product carbon footprint and labeling schemes.

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ICRAF, IFAD Consider Biofuel Development [viewed]

ifad icraf5 June 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have reported on an event held to demonstrate the potential contribution of biofuels to sustainable development. In particular, ICRAF emphasized that if greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets are to be met, approximately 26% of transport will need to be powered by biofuels by 2050.

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World Bank Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Africa, Asia and the Coastal Poor [viewed]

World Bank19 June 2013: The World Bank has released a report, titled 'Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience,' which looks at the likely impacts of present day, 2°C and 4°C warming on agricultural production, water resources, coastal ecosystems and cities across Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South East Asia.

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CCAFS Study Identifies Regrets-Free Approaches for Agricultural Adaptation [viewed]

CCAFS14 June 2013: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Program (CCAFS) has released a study, titled 'Addressing uncertainty in adaptation planning for agriculture,' which aims at helping farmers adapt to an uncertain future through pathways that are beneficial regardless of future growing conditions.

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UN-HABITAT, UNISDR Launch DRR, CCA Technical Centre for Southern Africa [viewed]

unhabitat-unisdr15 June 2013: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) launched a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Technical Centre for Southern Africa, known as 'DIMSUR.' Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and the Comoros requested UN-HABITAT and UNISDR to facilitate the process to establish the Centre, which aims to reduce vulnerability and build community resilience in the four countries.

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UN Poverty-Environment Initiative Deepens Efforts on Gender, Equality and Stakeholder Partnerships [viewed]

UNDP UNEP12 June 2013: The UN Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) launched its 2013-2017 programme, announcing that its new phase will consolidate current programme achievements, further integrate gender and equality concerns, and strengthen stakeholder partnerships for the long-term mainstreaming of poverty-environment issues.

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Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum Advances Resilience to Climate-Related Disasters [viewed]

IGAD logo11 June 2013: The 34th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF) was organized by the Intergovernmental Governmental Authority on Development's Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) and other partners to formulate a regional climate outlook over the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA), which is prone to extreme climate events, such as droughts and floods, that severely impact on key socioeconomic sectors.

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ICRAF Opens Tree Ring Laboratory for Climate Change Research [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 June 2013: Seeking to build on the science of dendrochronology (dating the growth of tree rings) to better understand past and future climate change in the tropics, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has established a tree ring laboratory at its facilities in Nairobi, Kenya.

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NAP Process Launched in LDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC9 June 2013: The Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), with the support of the UNFCCC Secretariat and in collaboration with relevant organizations, organized the NAP Expo to catalyze the launch of the national adaptation plan (NAP) process at the national level in least developed countries (LDCs). The event promoted a common understanding of the NAP process by going through the NAP technical guidelines.

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