Africa

Guest Article #140: Potential Effects of Climate Change on Transboundary Plant Pests and Diseases: FAO's Response and Contributions [viewed]

Approximately one-third of global crop production is lost every year to plant insects and diseases, including migratory insects and diseases, referred to as transboundary plant pests, which spread to a number of countries and can reach epidemic proportions in which control and management require cooperation between those countries. Climate change is expected to affect, where crops are cultivated, the distribution of plant pests, the introduction of new pests, the frequency of major pest outbreaks, and the risk of pesticide residues in food.

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Event: G20 Green Finance Study Group Meeting #2 [viewed]

The second meeting of the Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) under the Group of 20 (G20) Chinese Presidency will take place on 22 March in London, UK. In 2016, the GFSG will work on identifying institutional and market barriers to green finance, and options for enhancing the ability of the financial system to mobilize private green investment. The GFSG will prepare a synthesis report on related findings for the third G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in 2016, scheduled to take place from 23-24 July 2016, in Chendgu, China. The G20 is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies. It includes the European Union (EU), which is represented by the European Commission and the European Central Bank, and 19 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.  

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Event: IGAD-ICPAC Workshop on Flood and Drought Management in Greater Horn of Africa [viewed]

The aim of this workshop is to enhance participants' understanding of the different practices for flood and drought management and to familiarize with the new products of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), including a flood hazard map, live web-map and geoportal. The workshop aims to: create awareness about available tools, data and initiatives for flood and drought monitoring in the Greater Horn of Africa region developed through collaboration between IGAD and UN Institute for Training and Research's Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNITAR-UNOSAT); assess specific needs and challenges in flood and drought management in ICPAC member States; illustrate potential ways to further improve national capacities based on shared experiences among participants and organizers; identify potential interest in the integration of available country-level data into IGAD-ICPAC's flood and drought monitoring system; and collaborate with national entities to establish in-country projects.  

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China's G20 Presidency Holds Green Finance, Energy Sustainability Meetings [viewed]

di_logo28 January 2016: The Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) and the Energy Sustainability Working Group were among the first meetings held under China's presidency of the Group of 20 (G20). The meetings took place in January 2016, and focused on the agenda for the year ahead, with the GFSG agreeing to prepare a synthesis report on the role of the financial system in mobilizing private green investment, in advance of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in July 2016.

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Civil Society Highlights Areas for Action on SDGs, Climate Change [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)February 2016: Commenting on the development of indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), civil society organizations (CSOs) have raised concerns about the process, neutrality of statistics, and socially stratified data collection. A coalition of European NGOs urges the European Commission (EC) to maintain a high level of ambition on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) invites comments on its 'SDG Index,' and others address climate change, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Financial Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, and the role of the private sector.

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December 2015-February 2016 NAMA Update [viewed]

nama_update14 February 2016: This update provides information about individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and related support, publications and events for the period from December 2015 to mid-February 2016. During this period, NAMAs registered as seeking support included ones on rural electrification in the Gambia and efficient use of biomass in Georgia. NAMAs in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), Vanuatu, Peru, Colombia, Kenya and China received support. Several reports, guides and other publications on NAMAs were also launched during this period.

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UNISDR Analyzes Human Cost of Disasters in 2015 [viewed]

2015_disasters_numbers11 February 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Catholic University of Louvain Brussels, Belgium, and the United States Agency for International Development (US AID) have released an infographic on disaster trends showing that 2015, which was the hottest year on record, confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards. Robert Glasser, Head of UNISDR, said the analysis reaffirms the key role of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and climate change adaptation for disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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Morocco Advances INDC Targets with Opening of Solar Power Plant [viewed]

morocco4 February 2016: In June 2015, the Government of Morocco submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC, announcing targets of reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 32% by 2030 compared to business-as-usual (BAU) projected emissions and reaching over 50% of installed electricity production capacity from renewable sources by 2025. In a significant step toward these goals, the first phase of the Noor-Ouarzazate concentrated solar power (CSP) plant became operational in February 2016.

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PARCC Project Links Climate Assessments and Biodiversity Protection in West Africa [viewed]

unepwcmc_parcc_iucn_gef9 February 2016: An end-of-project workshop for partners of the Protected Areas Resilient to Climate Change (PARCC) explored how to use the results of new regional climate projections and in-depth vulnerability assessments to improve the management of protected areas in West Africa. The meeting took place in Banjul, The Gambia, from 24-29 January 2016.

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Untapped Source of Wheat Diversity Offers Climate Adaptation Potential [viewed]

plant_biotechnology_journal10 February 2016: Researchers from Bioversity International and other research institutions have discovered a mostly unexplored source of wheat diversity that could offer valuable traits for improving resilience of wheat production to the impacts of climate change.

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