Africa

COMIFAC-FAO Workshop Plans for Forest Monitoring in the Congo Basin [viewed]

FAO - COMIFAC26 April 2013: The Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) convened a regional workshop to plan for the implementation of national forest monitoring in the Congo Basin.

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UN Chronicle Examines Water Cooperation [viewed]

United Nations23 April 2013: The first issue of the 2013 UN Chronicle has been released with a focus on the theme of water cooperation. Articles in the magazine address water cooperation in the context of cross-cutting issues such as development goals, women and agriculture, integrated water resources management (IWRM), and private sector involvement.

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Guest Article #95: The New CILSS Climate Change and Sustainable Land Management Platform [viewed]

The Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel; CILSS in French) was created in 1973, after the devastating droughts that hit the region. CILSS currently has 13 member States: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Bissau Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Views on Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC25 April 203: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a miscellaneous document containing 11 parties' views, as well as submissions by four UN organizations and one intergovernmental organization, on the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (FCCC/SBSTA/2013/MISC.2).

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IMF/World Bank 2013 Spring Meetings Focus on Extreme Poverty Eradication [viewed]

worldbank_imf20 April 2013: The 87th meeting of the Development Committee, which advises the Board of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), concluded with a call to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner, with special attention to climate change.

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Event: Linking Local REDD+ Projects to National REDD+ Strategies [viewed]

The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) in collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia and other partners is convening a workshop on the role of in-country action to address deforestation and forest degradation in national REDD+ strategies. The workshop will consider six case studies from Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya and Tanzania in order to discuss: how drivers of deforestation and forest degradation can be addressed through local level projects; ways and means to link projects to national REDD+ processes; and challenges and opportunities associated with nesting local REDD+ action within national REDD+ strategies.  

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Energy Access Practitioner Network Newsletter Features Solar Energy in Africa, Access in Asia [viewed]

Sustainable Energy for All22 April 2013: The Energy Access Practitioner Network has released its April 2013 newsletter, featuring a practitioner's perspective section, updates on the Practitioner Network's activities and workshops, and information about funding opportunities, recent reports, new members, upcoming events, and other announcements.

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CIF Calls for Proposals that Involve the Private Sector in REDD+ and Climate Resilience [viewed]

cif_logoApril 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) is calling for proposals to enhance the involvement of the private sector under the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) and the Forest Investment Program (FIP).

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Event: Regional Conference on Drivers of Deforestation in the Congo Basin [viewed]

This two-day regional conference will discuss findings from the World Bank Program on Forests (PROFOR) study on Deforestation Trends in the Congo Basin, including proposed recommendations and potential tradeoffs between protecting forest ecosystems and economic growth. The Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC) requested the study to increase understanding of deforestation dynamics in the Central African region. The World Bank and COMIFAC are organizing the conference.  

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ESMAP Annual Report Highlights 2012 Work on SE4ALL, Low Carbon Growth [viewed]

ESMAP17 April 2013: The World Bank's Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) 2012 Annual Report highlights achievements including: support for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL); completion of Low Carbon Growth Country Studies; global deployment of the Tool for Rapid Assessment of City Energy (TRACE); and continued assistance to Lighting Africa.

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