Africa

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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UNFCCC Publishes Workshops Report on NIEs Accreditation to the Adaptation Fund [viewed]

UNFCCC5 October 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the workshop report on the process and requirements for the accreditation of national implementing entities (NIEs) for direct access under the Adaptation Fund (AF) to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP)(FCCC/KP/CMP/2012/10).

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UNEP Releases Report on the Costs of Deforestation to the Kenyan Economy [viewed]

UNEP5 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Kenya Forest Service have launched a report on the impacts of deforestation on the Kenyan economy. The report, which is titled “The Role and Contribution of Montane Forests and Related Ecosystem Services to the Kenyan Economy,” quantifies the negative effects of deforestation and formulates recommendations, including mainstreaming payment for ecosystem services.

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UNDP, UNITAR Hold Training on Climate Change for Zimbabwean Officials [viewed]

28 September 2012: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Zimbabwe held a training course for Zimbabwean government officials in preparation for the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled to take place in Doha, Qatar, at the end of 2012. 

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ASB, IISD Release Reports on REDD+ Safeguard Information Systems and Private Sector Engagement [viewed]

31 October 2012: As part of a collaboration on building policy capacity on REDD+ of developing country negotiators, the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have released two sets of publications ahead of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC. 

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GWP-Med, EU SWIM Workshop Identifies No-Regret Climate Change Adaptation Options [viewed]

5 October 2012: The EU Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) - Support Mechanism (SM) and the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) conducted a regional training for local water managers on “Identification and Development of Climate Change No-Regret Actions in the Water Sector.”

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UNDP-UNEP PEI Newsletter Reports on Fourth Donor Steering Group Meeting [viewed]

October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has published the October issue of its quarterly newsletter.  The newsletter includes sections describing global and regional programme activities.

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