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Workshop Calls for Additional Support for Implementation of LEDS in Africa

23 April 2012: During a recent international workshop on Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS), participants heard from representatives across Africa on the need for additional financial and technical support to ensure that African countries can continue LEDS implementation.

Held from 21-23 March 2012, in London, UK, the workshop titled “LEDS Collaboration in Action” heard from representatives from the African Development Bank (AfDB), as well as Kenya and Ethiopia, on the obstacles to progress. The AfDB emphasized the need for additional financing, noting that while a number of plans exist, technology cost is still a prohibitive factor. A Kenyan representative reiterated the need for political will, and underscored the importance of collaboration and knowledge exchange to further progress. Additional hurdles cited by participants include technical resources to ensure that there is sufficient capacity to ensure implementation of plans, as well as the creation of enabling environments to ensure continued success.

The LEDS Workshop aimed to encourage the exchange of knowledge and ideas to further the community of practice. The event was co-organized by, inter alia, the LEDS Global Partnership (LEDS GP), the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Resources Institute (WRI). [AfDB Press Release][OpenEI webpage]