Africa

IAEA Newsletter Highlights Isotope Hydrology Projects [viewed]

September 2012: The September edition of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Isotope Hydrology Section newsletter features articles on, inter alia: the IAEA water availability enhancement project (IWAVE); new approaches to interpreting precipitation stable isotope ratio variation; and projects in the Central African Republic and Colombia.

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IFPRI Produces Water Management Mapping Tool for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia [viewed]

23 August 2012: In an effort to help policy makers identify how to invest in smallholder agricultural water technologies, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has developed a web-based, decision-making mapping tool.

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Technology Needs Assessment Workshop Participants Share Regional Experiences [viewed]

15 September 2012: The Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) for Climate Change Experience Sharing Workshop aimed to: showcase best TNA practices; get feedback from participating countries on conducting and reporting TNAs and Technology Action Plans (TAPs); enhance capacity of National TNA Coordinators in project proposal development; and facilitate interaction between country representatives and the funding community.

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AMCEN 14 Adopts Arusha Declaration on Africa's Post-Rio Strategy [viewed]

14 September 2012: African Environment Ministers and government ministers, at the conclusion of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), adopted the Arusha Declaration on Africa's Post Rio+20 Strategy for Sustainable Development - a compendium of decisions and programmes aiming to advance the sustainable development agenda in Africa.

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Landlocked Developing Countries' Trade Ministers Adopt Almaty Declaration [viewed]

UN-OHRLLS14 September 2012: Ministers and officials responsible for trade of the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) met in Almaty, Kazakhstan, at the Fourth Meeting of LLDCs' Trade Ministers, to define common positions on trade and development needs for LLDCs. The meeting concluded with the adoption of the Almaty Ministerial Declaration, which calls for international support to address the negative impacts of climate change on the availability of natural resources, in particular water and arable land.

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CDM Loan Scheme Issues First Loan Authorizations [viewed]

12 September 2012: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Loan Scheme has issued its first loan authorization, authorizing the provision of more than US$3 million towards 23 CDM projects.

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UNEP Executive Director Commits to Increased Assistance to Africa at AMCEN [viewed]

UNEP12 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner addressed African ministers attending the 14th session of the African Ministerial Conference for the Environment (AMCEN), convening from 7-14 September 2012, in Arusha, Tanzania. Steiner underscored UNEP's commitment to assist African States in making the transition to a Green Economy, negotiating a new climate treaty, building awareness on chemicals and hazardous wastes, and improving the management of drylands.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Highlights Africa's Renewable Energy Potential at AMCEN [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary13 September 2012: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres addressed Ministers at the 14th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), which is convening in Arusha, Tanzania, and emphasized that a strong COP 18 outcome could help Africa adapt to climate change and speed up its low-carbon development.

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CCAFS Study Documents Climate-Resilient Farming in East Africa [viewed]

CCAFS7 September 2012: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) has released a study on the incremental adoption of climate-resilient farming by smallholders in East Africa. Farmers' strategies to cope with climate change, in the countries surveyed, include: adoption of short-cycle crop varieties and drought tolerant crops; planting of trees on farms; and intercropping.

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Event: GEF STAP Workshop on Soil Organic Carbon and Carbon Benefits Project [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) is organizing two workshops in Kenya to consider the role of soils in delivering global environmental benefits, and to share the tools developed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-GEF Carbon Benefits Project. A scoping workshop for the GEF on soil organic carbon for global benefits will be held 10-12 September at UNEP. On 13-16 September 2012, STAP and UNEP will lead a review workshop of the tools developed by the UNEP-GEF Carbon Benefits Project (CBP). The meeting will be held at Voi Wildlife Lodge in Tsavo.  

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