Africa

AfDB Energy Policy to Promote Energy Access, Low-Carbon Growth [viewed]

AfDB11 January 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved its new Energy Sector Policy, providing a framework within which to promote access to modern, reliable and affordable access to energy for regional member countries (RMCs), as well as ensure that their energy sectors develop in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable manner. It is expected that the policy will also aid in addressing climate change and other environmental challenges.

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CIF Reports on Mozambique's Strategic Programme for Climate Resilience [viewed]

11 January 2013: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have reported on the implementation of Mozambique's US$100 million strategic programme for climate resilience, which was endorsed in June 2011 by the CIF through its Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) window.

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REEEP Supports 28 Low-carbon Projects in Developing Countries [viewed]

9 January 2013: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) will fund 28 new low-carbon projects aiming to scale up renewable energy and energy efficient solutions in key emerging markets and selected developing countries in Africa and Asia. 

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MENA Countries to Form Regional Initiative for Mountains [viewed]

19 December 2012: During a regional meeting on climate change adaptation in mountain regions held in Marrakech, Morocco, over 15 representatives from the Middle East and North African (MENA) region agreed to form a Regional Initiative for Mountains in the MENA Region within the context of the Mountain Partnership.

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ESMAP Report Outlines Models to Formalize Commercial Wood Energy Sectors in Developing Countries [viewed]

9 January 2012: The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has published a report, titled "Commercial Woodfuel Production: Experience from Three Locally Controlled Wood Production Models," as part of its Knowledge Series. 

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AUC Chairperson Highlights Importance of Agriculture in Africa [viewed]

31 December 2012: The African Union Commission's (AUC) Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has, in her New Year Statement, underscored the economic importance of agriculture for Africa and noted the environmental challenges that need to be addressed.

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UN CC:Learn Benin Workshop Considers National Strategy to Strengthen Climate Change Learning [viewed]

UN CC:Learn19 December 2012: Participants at the Benin workshop on the National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development have developed a work plan for finalizing and launching the national strategy.

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IWMI Report Examines Implications of Climate Change in Volta Basin [viewed]

12 December 2012: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has released a report titled “The Water Resource Implications of Changing Climate in the Volta River Basin.” The report examines the consequences of increasing water demand and climate change on the Volta River.

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IEA to Advise on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy in Middle East and North Africa [viewed]

IEA27 December 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has indicated plans to expand its role in advising on energy efficiency and renewable energy in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Global LEAP Awards Outstanding Off-grid Solar Lighting Products [viewed]

19 December 2012: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) has announced the laureates of the Lighting Global Outstanding Product Awards, which recognizes sustainable off-grid solar lighting products for people without access to electricity in developing countries.

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