Africa

GEF Approves US$33 Million Grants for Climate Change Adaptation in Africa [viewed]

AFDB GEF2 July 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council recently approved several grants for promoting adaptation to climate change in Cameroon, Djibouti, Kenya, Angola and Madagascar. These grants will be channelled through the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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IFAD 2012 Annual Report Stresses Growth, Transparency and Response to Food Security Challenges [viewed]

IFADJuly 2013: In its 2012 Annual Report, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) documents the growth of the Fund from $7.9 to $11.9 billion since 2009, and highlights the new Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) as one of a number of new directions and initiatives.

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UNEP Risoe Centre Assesses Emission Reduction Opportunities in 15 ACP Countries [viewed]

UNEP RISO Centre11 June 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre has released a compilation report assessing the status of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) development, capacity building and opportunities in 15 Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The report aims to inform decisions on policy making and project development to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the assessed countries and beyond.

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Event: Africa Climate Conference 2013 [viewed]

Convened by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC), the Africa Climate Conference 2013 (ACC-2013) will bring together stakeholders to identify the state of knowledge on the African climate system, including gaps in knowledge, put forward an African agenda for future climate research to inform adaptation decisions, and develop a framework for mainstreaming climate change into policy.  

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FAO and Partners Release Tool to Estimate Carbon Stocks in Trees [viewed]

FAO1 July 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in collaboration with the Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) and Tuscia University, released a new tool to asses carbon stocks in forests.

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Green Climate Fund Selects First Executive Director [viewed]

Green Climate Fund (GCF)30 June 2013: During a recent meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which took place from 25-28 June 2013, in Songdo, Republic of Korea, the Board selected by consensus Hela Cheikhrouhou (Tunisia) as its first Executive Director, to lead the independent Secretariat of the Fund. Other aspects for the operationalization of the Fund were also considered.

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UNDP and Government of Japan Launch Second Phase of Satoyama Initiative Project [viewed]

UNDP27 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Government of Japan, have announced the second phase of the Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS), which includes new initiatives in Bhutan, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Mongolia, Namibia, and Niger. The Programme promotes inclusive, community-based approaches to the sustainable development of landscapes and seascapes, through support for biodiversity conservation, human security, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. 

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) in Zambia [viewed]

This meeting aims to promote exercises on national capacity development (NCSA), results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, as well as synergies in project design related to the biodiversity, climate, chemicals and desertification conventions. Participants will also hear updates on the GEF2020 Strategy and on the GEF-6 replenishment process. The targeted audience is GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions, representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF agencies.  

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IRENA Reports Examine CO2 Emissions Gains and Renewable Technology Shares for RE Scenarios in Africa [viewed]

IRENA13 June 2013: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released two publications, titled 'Southern African Power Pool: Planning and Prospects for Renewable Energy' and 'West African Power Pool: Planning and Prospects for Renewable Energy,' which examine various scenarios for the development of renewable energy in Africa and, for Southern Africa, calculate the gains in CO2 emissions.

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Indonesia Releases Score on Forest Governance [viewed]

unredd fao undp25 June 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has launched the English version of the report of the Participatory Governance Assessment (PGA) in Indonesia. The document, titled '2012 Indonesia Forest, Land and REDD+ Governance Index,' is the first of four PGA reports expected from REDD+ partner countries that also include Ecuador, Nigeria and Viet Nam.

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