Africa

UNEP Releases Report on the Costs of Deforestation to the Kenyan Economy [viewed]

UNEP5 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Kenya Forest Service have launched a report on the impacts of deforestation on the Kenyan economy. The report, which is titled “The Role and Contribution of Montane Forests and Related Ecosystem Services to the Kenyan Economy,” quantifies the negative effects of deforestation and formulates recommendations, including mainstreaming payment for ecosystem services.

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UNDP, UNITAR Hold Training on Climate Change for Zimbabwean Officials [viewed]

28 September 2012: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Zimbabwe held a training course for Zimbabwean government officials in preparation for the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled to take place in Doha, Qatar, at the end of 2012. 

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ASB, IISD Release Reports on REDD+ Safeguard Information Systems and Private Sector Engagement [viewed]

31 October 2012: As part of a collaboration on building policy capacity on REDD+ of developing country negotiators, the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have released two sets of publications ahead of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC. 

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GWP-Med, EU SWIM Workshop Identifies No-Regret Climate Change Adaptation Options [viewed]

5 October 2012: The EU Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) - Support Mechanism (SM) and the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) conducted a regional training for local water managers on “Identification and Development of Climate Change No-Regret Actions in the Water Sector.”

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UNDP-UNEP PEI Newsletter Reports on Fourth Donor Steering Group Meeting [viewed]

October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has published the October issue of its quarterly newsletter.  The newsletter includes sections describing global and regional programme activities.

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UN-REDD Policy Board Meeting Addresses Forest Monitoring Systems, Green Economy and Gender [viewed]

27 October 2012: The 9th Policy Board of the UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) considered reports on progress on the implementation of national programmes, as well as global programme activities.

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OECD Roundtable Examines Catalyzing Investment in Low-carbon Infrastructure [viewed]

OECD25 September 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held a special roundtable looking at how to create a long-term policy framework that catalyzes private investment in low-carbon, climate-resilient (LCR) infrastructure.

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IPC-IG Publishes Brief on Climate Change, Farming and Gender in Madagascar [viewed]

October 2012: The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) has released a Policy Research Brief titled “Greening the Economy and Increasing Economic Equity for Women Farmers in Madagascar.” The brief, authored by Zo Randriamaro, with contributions from Neesha Fakir, highlights the role of formal and informal institutions in local responses to climate change and reveals the need for innovative coping strategies to address climate shocks and hazards.   

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AfDB Supports Climate Resilience in Niger and Mozambique [viewed]

AfDB24 October 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the Climate Information Development and Forecasting Project and the Water Resources Mobilization and Development Project in Niger, and the Baixo Limpopo Irrigation and Climate Resilience Project in Mozambique.

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ACP-MEAs Newsletter Focuses on Participation in the CDM and Carbon Finance [viewed]

September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released the latest issue of the newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project. The newsletter features a guest article by Mette Annelie Rasmussen and Miriam Hinostroza, UNEP Risø Centre, outlining efforts to “level the playing field” for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and carbon finance.

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