Africa

UNFCCC Releases Report on Regional Expert Meetings on Loss and Damage [viewed]

UNFCCC19 November 2012: The UNFCCC has released a report on the regional expert meetings on a range of approaches to address loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, including impacts related to extreme weather events and slow onset events (FCCC/SBI/2012/29). The report summarizes regional level meetings in Ethiopia, Mexico and Thailand and one meeting on small island developing States (SIDS) in Barbados.

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UNFCCC Announces Winners of the 2012 CDM African Radio Contest [viewed]

UNFCCC16 November 2012:  The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced the winners of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) African Radio Contest 2012. The Secretariat launched the contest under the theme “Changing Lives,” with the aim of raising awareness on the CDM's benefits in Africa.

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Guest Article #87: Kenya and Morocco: Breaking a Trail to Step Up Affordable Green Power [viewed]

Africa is a continent that has achieved significant socioeconomic development during this century. The continent experienced an annual GDP growth of above 5% for the period 2001 – 2008[i] and, although impacted by the global financial crisis, it is expected to achieve GDP growth of 4.5% this year and 4.8% in 2013[ii]. The continent has also seen excellent progress toward achieving a number of MDGs[iii].

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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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