Intergovernmental Organization

USAID, NARUC Release ECOWAS Principles for Clean Energy Regulation [viewed]

Ecowas12 December 2014: The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have developed a set of principles for regulating electricity from renewable sources for member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The Principles, contained in a document titled 'Principles of Regulating Clean Energy in the ECOWAS Region,' will assist regulatory authorities in the region as they seek to integrate renewable energy into existing electricity markets.

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Ethiopia Receives First ClimDev Africa Special Fund Grant [viewed]

AU UNECA AFDB15 December 2014: Ethiopia will receive US$1.1 million from the Climate for Development in Africa (Clim-Dev Africa) Special Fund (CDSF) to strengthen its climate information and early warning systems for climate resilient adaptation and development, making it the first African country to benefit from the CDSF.

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Third Arab Water Forum Focuses on Water for Food, Cities and Energy [viewed]

third arab11 December 2014: The Third Arab Water Forum closed with a reminder to all participants that “regional realities” and innovative solutions must be part of the regional input to addressing global water challenges, in a call by Benedito Braga, President of the World Water Council, at the forum in Cairo, Egypt.

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COP 20 Africa Day Highlights African Concerns at Climate Negotiations [viewed]

limacop2010 December 2014: Africa Day at the Lima Climate Change Conference provided a platform and opportunity to critically examine the implications of the post-2015 climate change agreement for the continent and how to enhance the involvement of women and youth in climate change adaptation. The day included a high-level event on 'Africa in a Post-2015 New Climate Change Agreement.'

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IRENA Publishes Second Edition of NAMA Handbook [viewed]

IRENADecember 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released the second edition of the 'IRENA Handbook on Renewable Energy Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs),' which guides policy makers and NAMA developers as they seek to use NAMAs to deploy renewable energy and mitigate climate change. The guidance offered is supported by case studies from Tunisia, Chile and Mexico.

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INTERPOL's Infra Terra Leads to Arrest of Suspected Ivory Smuggler [viewed]

interpol10 December 2014: INTERPOL has announced that a suspected illegal ivory trader sought by its 'Operation Infra Terra - International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest' was arrested in Zambia. The arrest follows INTERPOL's public appeal to help locate individuals wanted for environmental crimes.

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African Group of Negotiators, AMCEN Discuss Adaptation, Mitigation, Finance Priorities [viewed]

AfDB10 December 2014: Representatives of the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) presented the status of climate change negotiations and discussed African priorities on adaptation, mitigation and finance at a high-level ministerial briefing of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). The briefing took place on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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Alliance Aims to Expand Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa [viewed]

NEPAD8 December 2014: As part of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Vision 25 x 25, which aims to reach 25 million African farm households by 2025, the Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance (ACSAA) initiative will ensure that six million smallholders in Africa are practicing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) within the next seven years.

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ICRAF Launches Climate-Smart Landscapes Publication at GLF [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)6 December 2014: A book titled ‘Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice' was launched on the sidelines of the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which convened in Lima, Peru, on 6-7 December 2014. The book, whose publication was led by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), brings together research and case studies by 86 authors from 44 institutions on the tools, methods and pathways used to create sustainable multi-functional landscapes, particularly in the fight against climate change.

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CIFOR and Partners Evaluate Impacts of Forest Loss in Kenya [viewed]

CIFOR5 December 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) presented a summary of research in Kenya's Mau forest, the last large tract of mountain forest in the country. The summary highlights the multiple pressures on the forest, including land use change in the surrounding area, as well as the importance of the ecosystem services provided by the forest, especially carbon sequestration and the provision of clean water.

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