Africa

ICRAF Opens New West Africa Office in Sierra Leone [viewed]

March 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has opened a new office in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to support the Building Biocarbon and Rural Development in West Africa Project (BIODEV).

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World Bank Report Addresses Deforestation Drivers in the Congo Basin [viewed]

8 March 2013: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has released a World Bank report, titled "Deforestation Trends in the Congo Basin," which examines the link between economic development and deforestation in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Republic of Congo.

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UNDP, GEF Progam Tackles Drought Adaptation, Climate Change in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe [viewed]

UNDP - GEF11 March 2013: Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Zimbabwe are addressing drought-adaptation and climate change through an ongoing UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) program, titled “Coping with Drought and Climate Change.” The three-year program aims to increase the use of drought-adaptation farming techniques and coping mechanisms and to facilitate sharing of experience and knowledge among the four countries.

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Like-Minded Developing Countries Urge Ambitious Mitigation Commitments by Developed Countries [viewed]

1 March 2013: Members of the the Like-Minded Developing Countries in Climate Change (LMDC) met in Geneva, Switzerland, on 1 March 2013, to discuss the outcomes of the 18th session of Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 18). The meeting was attended by representatives of Bolivia, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Mali, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Venezuela.

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ClimDev-Africa Highlights Commitment to Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

7 March 2013: Participants at the Fourth Session of the Steering Committee Meeting of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Initiative reiterated their commitment to tackling climate change impacts in Africa, and recognized a need for the three lead partners, the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), to work as one in implementing its 2013 work plan.

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FAO Updates Database of Agriculture, Forestry and Land Mitigation Projects [viewed]

FAOMarch 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has produced an updated assessment of the current status of land-based sectors in carbon markets through its Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Project (MICCA). The report, titled "Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Mitigation Project Database," presents analyses of project methodologies and sizes, as well as regional differences in project types and scheme development.

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Global Network of Basins Concludes First Meeting on Climate Adaptation [viewed]

21 February 2013: The first meeting of the Global Network of Basins on climate change adaptation was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO).

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FCPF Reports on the Engagement of Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

14 February 2013: The Carbon Fund of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) held a workshop with representatives of indigenous peoples and civil society in order to gather their views and opinions on the work of the FCPF. Topics discussed included REDD+ readiness and the development of a methodological framework for the FCPF.

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CGIAR Highlights Tools that Improve Farming Responses to Drought [viewed]

6 March 2013: In the context of the upcoming High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11-15 March 2013, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is highlighting a collection of tools and outputs of its research centers that are contributing to more effective responses to drought.

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CILSS Launches Climate Change and Sustainable Land Management Platform [viewed]

6 March 2013: The Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and its technical institution, AGRHYMET Regional Center, have launched a new platform dedicated to climate change and sustainable land management.

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