Africa

IRENA Report Highlights Disparate Results of Science Assessing Biomass Potential in Africa [viewed]

IRENA1 August 2013: A new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ) provides a comparative review of science on biomass resources in Africa, finding it impossible to offer a concrete assessment or figure on biomass availability due to the magnitude of differences in biomass potential reported in the literature. 

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FAO Newsletter Celebrates 300 Years of Sustainable Forestry [viewed]

FAO31 July 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released the 12th issue of InFo News, highlighting 300 years of sustainable forestry and honoring Hans von Carlowitz, a German administrator who was the first person to define the concept of sustainability.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Ninth Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme31 July 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has released the June/July issue of its newsletter, which highlights the outcomes of the ninth meeting of the UN-REDD Policy Board, including the approval of US$4 million for Colombia's national REDD+ programme.

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CDM Executive Board Adopts Revised Standards for CDM Programme of Activities [viewed]

UNFCCC26 July 2013: At its 74th meeting, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) adopted amendments to various standards for the CDM Programme of Activities (PoAs), relating, among other things, to the demonstration of additionality and the use of sampling and surveys in PoAs and stand-alone project activities.

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GWP Report Examines Water and Food Security in Asia [viewed]

GWP Global logotype26 July 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) released a Technical Focus Paper, titled 'Water and Food Security – Experiences in India and China,' which identifies as critical the challenges of water and energy for food and agriculture. It stresses the “wicked challenge” posed by the complexity of hydrology, engineering, legal and political systems, sectors, institutions and agronomic elements that drive country outcomes.

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Event: Second Latin American and Caribbean Dialogue on Climate Finance in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

The Second Dialogue is organized by the Government of El Salvador, with support from the EU through its EUROCLIMA programme, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE), the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and among others. Over 125 participants will attend from 20 Latin American and Caribbean Governments and 15 bilateral and multilateral agencies, civil society organizations and academia, along with international climate finance experts and climate finance experts from Asia-Pacific and Africa. The Second Dialogue is to discuss: climate finance mechanisms and instruments; inter-institutional coordination on climate finance; potential of the private sector for climate finance; and assessing the impact of climate change on public expenditures. The Dialogue will be followed on 31 July by a meeting of the regional coordinators of EUROCLIMA.  

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Africa Agriculture Science Week Highlights Progress Towards Food Security [viewed]

aasw20 July 2013: The 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) brought together over 1000 researchers, policy makers and development professionals from across the continent to discuss scientific advances and progress toward African food security goals.

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IWMI Evaluates Agricultural Water Storage in Africa [viewed]

IWMI logo19 July 2013: Agricultural water storage is expected to contribute to climate change adaptation in Africa by mitigating climate variability, according to an International Water Management Institute (IWMI) research report. The report proposes a diagnostic tool for evaluating the need and effectiveness of water storage options, including aquifers, large reservoirs, natural wetlands, ponds, soil moisture and tanks.

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MEF Discusses Expectations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference [viewed]

MEF18 July 2013: Participants at the 16th Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) discussed negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and expectations ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in 2015, particularly whether mitigation commitments will be finalized or whether Paris will launch a future process to agree on such commitments.

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IUCN Launches REDD+ Newsletter [viewed]

IUCN11 July 2013: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched a newsletter covering its REDD+ activities. The newsletter will be published every month and will cover global, regional and national level activities.

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