FAO Co-Organizes Regional Workshop on Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative [viewed]

10 February 2010: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Senegalese Agency for the Great Green Wall Initiative recently co-organized a regional workshop on “Guidelines on Practices for Sustainable Forest Management in Drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa.”

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African FAO Meeting Highlights Implications of Climate Change on Food Security [viewed]

3 May 2010: The 26th Regional Conference for Africa of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which is being held in Luanda, Angola, from 3-7 May 2010, discussed a paper on "Climate change implications for food security and natural resources management in Africa."

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Event: Eleventh session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) [viewed]

African ministers responsible for the environment will discuss key issues mainly related to the environment in the continent, including: financing environment programmes at the country level; the biennial work programme of African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN); and linkages between AMCEN and the African Union Commission. The ministerial segment (25-26 May) will be preceded by a meeting of experts (22-24 May 2006).  

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Event: Fifth African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP-5) [viewed]

Participants will discuss the African 10-Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production, which was approved in March 2005 by African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN).  

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Event: Twelfth Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN-12) [viewed]

The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) is a permanent forum where African ministers of the environment discuss mainly matters of relevance to the environment of the continent. The 12th AMCEN session will entail, inter alia: a ministerial policy dialogue; consideration of matters related to the AMCEN process, including amendments to the constitution and status of the general trust fund; and deliberation on some matters related to the sixteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development.  

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Event: Second Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Consultative Meeting [viewed]


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Africa Carbon Forum Hopes to Help Boost Africa [viewed]

The second Africa Carbon Forum, which was held from 3-5 March 2010, in Nairobi, Kenya, sought to help build on growing interest in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Africa, and concluded with expectations for a boost in Africa's share of the global carbon market.

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UN-HABITAT Conference Endorses Declaration on Green Building Rating in Africa [viewed]

The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) held a conference on “Promoting Green Building Rating in Africa,” from 4-6 May 2010, at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The event brought together experts, practitioners and decision makers from 20 African countries and concluded with the adoption of a declaration to promote and foster green building practices in Africa.

In the “Nairobi Declaration on Green Building for Africa,” participants underline the urgency to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of buildings in order to “reduce carbon dioxide emissions and help strengthen the ability of cities to adapt to climate change while improving the quality of the built environment.” They express their commitment to “being the promoters of green practices” to reduce the carbon footprint of the construction sector in Africa. Participants further emphasize the importance of, inter alia: sourcing building materials and appropriate technology that are locally available; taking into account climatic conditions when designing buildings and making use of naturally available energies; using renewable energy; and developing and using a green building rating system.

In relation to the latter, participants recommend the development of models of Green Building Councils and the associated green rating systems catering to the various needs and specificities of individual countries and/or sub-regions. The Declaration also calls for the establishment of an African Network of Green Building Councils.

Links to further information

UN-HABITAT News, 14 May 2010

Conference on Green Building in Africa

Nairobi Declaration on Green Building

FAO's Silva Mediterranea Focuses on Activities of the Enlarged Executive Committee [viewed]

June 2010: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) covering the Mediterranean region, released a special issue of its Newsletter focusing on the recent activities of its Enlarged Executive Committee, including participation in the first Mediterranean Forest Week and preparation of various position papers on food security in the region.

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FAO Releases Report on Bioenergy and Food Security in Tanzania [viewed]

June 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report on “Bioenergy and Food Security: The BEFS Analysis for Tanzania,” which aims to support the development of bioenergy policies that are aligned with Tanzania's poverty reduction and food security strategies.

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