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African Policy-Makers Discuss Options to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

22 September 2012: As part of the work of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs), African policy-makers, environmental experts, and industry stakeholders met to discuss options for reducing emissions from SLCPs.

The meeting was organized by the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology of Ghana and the Federal Ministry of Environment of Nigeria, with the cooperation of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), the Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). The meeting, which took place from 20-22 September 2012, in Accra, Ghana, brought together representatives from Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Malawi, Senegal, Togo and Zimbabwe.

The meeting aimed to improve scientific understanding of SLCP impacts and the socioeconomic benefits of mitigation strategies, and enhance and develop the capacity of policy makers to take effective action nationally and regionally. Participants explored methods of SLCP reduction for African countries including promoting best practices for the reduction of black carbon from cookstoves, oil and gas flaring, transport, and the reduction of methane emissions from fossil fuel production and from the agricultural and waste sectors.

The CCAC is a voluntary partnership uniting governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society in the first global effort to treat SLCP as an urgent and collective challenge. The Coalition is supported by a secretariat hosted by UNEP. [UNEP Press Release] [Climate and Clean Air Coalition Website] [Government of Ghana Press Release]