Africa

ICARDA Annual Report Stresses Innovations on Climate Resilience [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo29 August 2013: The 2012 Annual Report of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) notes that despite significant challenges due to the on-going conflict in Syria, the Center has made significant achievements in translating research into action and policy impact, highlighting its leadership in the high-level international conference on Food Security in the Dry Lands, as well as enhanced partnerships with Canada and South Asia.

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CIFOR Study Warns Mitigation Without Adaptation Can Heighten Climate Vulnerability [viewed]

afdb-cifor27 August 2013: Researchers from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Wageningen University, and the African Development Bank (AfDB) conducted a study that finds that efforts to mitigate carbon emissions through forest conservation can increase the vulnerability of forest-dependent communities to climate and non-climate stresses.

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World Bank Publishes ‘Toward a Sustainable Energy Future for All' [viewed]

16 July 2013: The World Bank has published a report, 'Toward a Sustainable Energy Future for All: Directions for the World Bank Group's Energy Sector,' as part of its efforts to foster universal energy access, improve energy efficiency and double the global share of renewable energy by 2030, goals inspired by the UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.

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West African Students Complete UNU-EHS Training in DRR [viewed]

UNU26 August 2013: Ten students from the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) project participated in a training on emergency preparedness and humanitarian coordination procedures, organized by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). The training focused on the role of geo-information in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Ambition on Climate and Post-2015 Development [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon23 August 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on governments to show ambition in the "twin processes" of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and discussions toward the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNEP Releases Green Economy Modelling Report of South Africa [viewed]

UNEP23 August 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a report titled 'Green Economy Modelling Report of South Africa - Focus on Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Transport and Energy Sectors,' developed with technical assistance from the Millennium Institute and the Sustainability Institute, in collaboration with the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies of the Stellenbosch University. The study assesses the impacts of green investments in four of the country's key economic sectors: agriculture, energy, transport and natural resource management.

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Japan Launches Joint Crediting Mechanism [viewed]

Japan Flag22 August 2013: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV has reported that the Government of Japan has developed the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), an initiative aimed at facilitating the diffusion of advanced low carbon technologies, products, systems, services and infrastructures.

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First Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference Focuses on Ecosystem-based Approaches [viewed]

FAO UNEP21 August 2013: The First Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference: Harnessing Ecosystem-based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa was convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), other UN agencies, governments and other stakeholders. The Conference explored ecosystem-based approaches to enhance food security, ecosystem productivity and climate change adaptation in Africa.

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World Bank's Water Partnership Program Releases Summary of Phase I [viewed]

wppAugust 2013: The World Bank's Water Partnership Program (WPP), a multi-donor initiative launched in January 2009, has released a report titled 'Sharing Smart Solutions in Water,' which compiles the key outcomes of the WPP Phase I (2009–2012). 

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Farmers Face Challenges Adopting Climate-Smart Approaches [viewed]

FAO14 August 2013: A three-year project of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released preliminary findings on the constraints preventing farmers in Malawi, Viet Nam and Zambia from adopting agricultural approaches that further local adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.

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