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Latest News - 16 September 2014
ICRAF Urges Use of Indigenous Tree Species in Africa
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September_2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released a policy brief on the use of trees on farms in Nigeria to tackle climate change mitigation and adaptation, and food security. continued...
IRENA Estimates Africa's Renewable Energy Potential
Read More: IRENA Estimates Africa's Renewable Energy Potential
September_2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology have published a joint working paper examining the potential for renewable power generation based on resource availability in Africa. continued...
IOSEA Addresses Marine Turtle Conservation, Launches Network of Sites
Read More: IOSEA Addresses Marine Turtle Conservation, Launches Network of Sites
12_September 2013: Representatives from 25 countries agreed on a series of measures to strengthen marine turtle conservation in and around the Indian Ocean at the Seventh meeting of the Indian Ocean-South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding Signatory States (IOSEA SS7). IOSEA also launched the IOSEA Network of Sites of Importance for Marine Turtles at the meeting. continued...
MDBs Pledge to Enhance Climate Finance Action
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11_September 2014: In a joint statement issued in the run-up to the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, which is taking place on 23 September in New York, US, key multilateral development banks (MDBs) have affirmed their commitment to reinforce and further develop climate financing by maintaining a strong institutional focus on climate change. Since 2011, the six MDBs behind the statement have delivered close to US$75 billion in climate financing, of which approximately 20% has been in support of adaptation. continued...
IRENA Examines Renewable Energy Deployment in Islands
Read More: IRENA Examines Renewable Energy Deployment in Islands
2_September 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched two publications examining the deployment and benefits of renewable energy in island economies. ‘A Path to Prosperity: Renewable Energy Islands' presents case studies that illustrate innovative solutions and partnerships for advancing renewable energy deployment in small island developing States (SIDS). ‘Renewable Energy Opportunities for Island Tourism' analyzes four renewable energy technologies, and confirms that their use can significantly increase the competitiveness of the tourism sector on islands. continued...
2014 SEED Awards Celebrate African, Low-Carbon and Women's Enterprises
Read More: 2014 SEED Awards Celebrate African, Low-Carbon and Women's Enterprises
10_September 2014: A total of 41 enterprises from Africa and elsewhere have received the 2014 SEED Award, which celebrates innovative social and environmental start-up enterprises in developing and emerging economies tackling key sustainable development challenges at community level. The awards were announced during the 2014 SEED Awards Africa Symposium, held from 10-11 September 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya. continued...
UNFCCC Reports on Non-Annex I GHG Inventory Trainings
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9_September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report on regional hands-on training workshops, organized between October 2013 and March 2014, on the use of non-Annex I greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory software (NAIIS). The report describes the proceedings of, and presentations and discussions held during, three workshops aimed at training national focal points and other key experts from non-Annex I parties. continued...
TMFO to Monitor Impacts of Selective Logging in the Tropics
Read More: TMFO to Monitor Impacts of Selective Logging in the Tropics
8_September 2014: Highlighting the importance of tropical forest monitoring, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) announced the launch of the Tropical Managed Forests Observatory (TMFO). The purpose of TMFO is to examine the impacts of selective logging on forests in the Amazon, Congo Basin and South East Asia. continued...
Morocco 12th Party to Accept Doha Amendment
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5_September 2014: Morocco has become the 12th party to the Kyoto Protocol to accept the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). continued...
SADC Workshop Details Conservation Guidelines for Extractive Industries
Read More: SADC Workshop Details Conservation Guidelines for Extractive Industries
4_September 2014: A regional workshop hosted by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat, and convened in collaboration with the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has resulted in the elaboration of a framework for regional best practice guidelines for facilitating biodiversity conservation during the exploitation of mineral and hydrocarbon resources. continued...
African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission Portoroz, Slovenia 11 Sep - 18 Sep
Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 16 Sep - 19 Sep
69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) New York City, US 16 Sep - 1 Oct
HABITAT III - First PrepCom New York City, US 17 Sep - 18 Sep
International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition Rome, Lazio, Italy 18 Sep - 19 Sep
CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Africa Harare, Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe 21 Sep - 23 Sep
Special Session of the General Assembly on the Follow-Up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD New York City, US 22 Sep
Global Consultation on Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development virtual 22 Sep - 6 Oct
2014 Climate Summit New York City, US 23 Sep
High-Level Conversation on Employment and Decent Work for Inclusive and Sustainable Development New York City, US 23 Sep
Special High-level Event for the Signature and Ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury New York City, US 24 Sep
Africa and a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda New York City, US 26 Sep
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 29 Sep - 3 Oct
African Regional Workshop on NAMAs Windhoek, Namibia 1 Oct - 3 Oct
Second UN Conference on LLDCs - PrepCom 2 New York City, US 2 Oct - 3 Oct
 
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