Africa

UNCCD Designates New Drylands Ambassadors [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Luc Gnacadja, presented Miss Universe 2011, Leila Lopes, and Professor Jeffrey Sachs with certificates designating them UNCCD Drylands Ambassadors.

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African Leaders Meet to Plan Actions for Sustainable Growth [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Fifth Joint Meeting of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development met to address a broad range of issues related to development under the theme "Unleashing Africa's Potential as a Pole of Global Growth."

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Drivers of Deforestation [viewed]

23 March 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions by parties on issues identified in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 72 and appendix II, in particular on how to address drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and on robust and transparent national forest monitoring systems as referred to in its paragraph 71(c) (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/MISC.1).

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PROFOR Advisory Board Reviews 2011 Activities [viewed]

14 March 2012: At the annual meeting of the Program on Forests (PROFOR) Advisory Board, the Secretariat reported on activity outcomes of the calendar year and sought decisions and guidance from the Board on a range of issues.

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GEF, UNDP Publish Overview of Joint Projects Results [viewed]

March 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have published their annual report on joint projects financed during 2011 on ecosystems and biodiversity preservation, green development strategies, and sustainable use of water and ocean resources, among other topics.

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FAO Appeals to Build the Resilience of the Horn of Africa [viewed]

FAO23 March 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has called for urgent funding to implement, over the next 90 days, a plan to give farmers and pastoralists in the Horn of Africa means to build resilience to future shocks. Activities for which the $50 million is being sought include crop and livestock production, and cash-for work programmes to restore infrastructure.

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REEEP Reports on Expansion of South African Municipal Energy Efficiency Fund [viewed]

20 March 2012: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) reports that the South African Government will continue and expand its Municipal Energy Efficiency Demand Side Management (EEDSM) fund for another three years, which will support energy efficiency improvements to public infrastructure at the municipal level.

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GEF-Funded UNEP-WCMC Project Focuses on Conservation Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 March 2012: The University of Kent has announced that, together with the University of Durham, it is conducting research on mitigating the conservation impacts of climate change on protected areas in West Africa, as part of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) financed project, led by the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

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Adaptation Fund Board Sets $100 Million Fundraising Target [viewed]

Adaptation Fund20 March 2012: In light of the fall in the prices of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), which provide the main source of funding for the Adaptation Fund, the Adaptation Fund Board discussed funding priorities during its 17th meeting.

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COMIFAC/CIFOR Reveals Doubling of Deforestation Rates in Congo Basin [viewed]

20 March 2012: The "Forests of the Congo Basin: State of the Forest 2010" report, developed by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and other partners, highlights the drivers of deforestation that have contributed to a doubling of gross deforestation rates in the Congo Basin since 1990.

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