Fourth Africa Carbon Forum Opens

18 April 2012: The fourth Africa Carbon Forum, a trade fair and knowledge-sharing event focusing on carbon investments in Africa, opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Forum's agenda includes a review of progress on UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) procedures that benefit African countries in accessing Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, and the future of the CDM and the climate regime.

The Forum provides a platform for discussions regarding the latest developments in the carbon market, and aims to identify means by which the Kyoto Protocol's CDM and other mitigation mechanisms can be successfully applied in Africa.

During the first day of the Forum, participants saw the launch of the CDM Loan Scheme and held plenary sessions on the Durban Platform and the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. A roundtable was held on Programme of Activities (PoAs) and scaled-up mitigation actions, while a workshop addressed CDM standardized baselines. In addition, Policy Dialogue sessions took place on the impact of the CDM in Africa and CDM governance. Participants also took part in training sessions on accessing the CDM Loan Scheme and reporting on co-benefits.

The Africa Carbon Forum, which is taking place from 18-20 April 2012, is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, with the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the Nairobi Framework partners, namely the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). [Africa Carbon Forum Website] [IISD RS Coverage of the Forum]