Africa

Paris Climate Change Conference Opens with Financial Pledges at Leaders Event [viewed]

iisdrs_cop2130 November 2015: Heads of State and Government attending the Leaders Event on the first day of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) addressed, inter alia: the inclusion of gender for ensuring climate justice; the importance of differentiation; the legal form of the agreement; the periodicity of the review process; transparency and accountability rules; whether or not to anchor loss and damage in a permanent mechanism; the role of natural capital accounting; the link between climate change and development; balancing mitigation and adaptation finance; technology transfer in providing mitigation support; and the need to address the degradation of forests, desertification, and biodiversity loss.

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REDD+ Academy Launches E-Course and Learning Journals [viewed]

unredd25 November 2015: The UN-REDD Programme has announced the launch of the first online version of its Academy courses and accompanying Learning Journals on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+).

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FoodSECuRE Facility to Build Community Resilience to Climate Change [viewed]

wfp_iriNovember 2015: The Food Security Climate Resilience (FoodSECuRE) Facility, an initiative of the World Food Programme (WFP), aims to secure US$400 million to enable governments to quickly unlock funding to scale up food and nutrition responses as well as disaster risk reduction activities before climate disasters occur. The WFP and its partner, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), have launched activities in five countries, with fast-tracked implementation in Zimbabwe and Guatemala to respond to El Niño.

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November 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

november_climate_financeNovember 2015: During the month of November, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) reported on new financing, collaborations and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and forestry research centers launched studies, think pieces and multimedia content on, inter alia, climate-related disasters, vulnerability in Africa, stranded assets, Adaptation Fund activities and REDD+.

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October-November 2015 NAMA Update [viewed]

nama_updateNovember 2015: This update provides information on individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, including NAMAs seeking support for preparation and implementation, and related support, events and activities, for the period from October to November 2015.

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World Forum on Natural Capital Issues Open Letter to World Leaders [viewed]

unep_natural_capital27 November 2015: The 2nd World Forum on Natural Capital, held under the theme 'Solutions for a changing world,' discussed ways to help business and sustainability leaders identify the economic importance of protecting and restoring the natural environment. Delegates to the Forum were invited to sign a letter urging world leaders attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris “to acknowledge and address the fact that climate change cannot be tackled without halting the rapid erosion and loss of natural capital.”

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Event: Expert Meeting on Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change in Central Africa [viewed]

The main objective of this meeting is to build the capacity of Central African States to tackle climate change challenges to agricultural production by means of proactive policies and approaches at the national and sub-regional levels. The event will bring together experts from central government services responsible for agricultural policies in the countries of the sub-region, as well as parliamentarians and representatives of diverse sub-regional and regional agencies and development partners, including: the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) Commission; the Secretariat General of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS); the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC); the Economic Commission on Cattle, Meat and Fish Resources in CEMAC (CEBEVIRHA); the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD); and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).  

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Central African Countries Meet to Advance Implementation of NIAPs [viewed]

cites24 November 2015: During a two-day regional workshop, held from 23-24 November 2015, in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on National Ivory Action Plans (NIAPs), countries shared lessons learned and agreed to steps on how to improve the management and conservation of African elephants, reduce poaching and prevent illegal ivory trade through the implementation of NIAPs, as required under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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ELD/UNEP Report Assesses Economics of Action on Land Degradation in Africa [viewed]

eld_unepNovember 2015: A report co-published by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), titled 'The Economics of Land Degradation in Africa: Benefits of Action Outweigh the Costs,' examines the impact of erosion-induced soil nutrient depletion in 42 African countries, an area representing almost half of the total arable land used for cereal production. In order to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region, the report calls for increased integration of actions against land degradation with poverty reduction measures “aimed at harnessing the benefits of sustainable natural resource management towards increased national income, reduced food insecurity and poverty eradication.”

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UNESCO, Partners Disseminate Management Manual for African Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

UNESCONovember 2015: The Management Manual for UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserves in Africa has been widely disseminated to staff and national committees of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) in Africa. One of the main objectives of the manual is to build the capacity of present and future managers of Africa's 85 biosphere reserves, as well as local partners, funding agencies and other interested parties, in order to improve the effectiveness and inclusiveness of biosphere reserve management structures.

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