Capacity Building & Education

CTCN Director Updates Nationally Designated Entities on Latest Activities [viewed]

ctcn16 April 2014: In an open letter to Nationally Designated Entities (NDEs), the Director of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), Jukka Uosukainen, reports on recent progress and future plans in relation to the CTCN, including country requests for technology assistance, awareness-raising workshops, the Climate Technology Network (CTN) and the forthcoming Knowledge Management System.

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April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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World Bank Supporting STEM Capacity in Africa [viewed]

World Bank15 April 2014: The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved financing for 19 university-based Africa Centers of Excellence (ACE) in seven West and Central African countries. The centers aim to build the scientific and technical capacity of young Africans by supporting advanced studies in agriculture, health and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and promoting regional specialization among participating universities.

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Event: NAP-GSP Africa Regional Training Workshop (Francophone) [viewed]

The National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) will convene a four-day, high-level training and knowledge exchange on developing and implementing NAPs. Environment, finance and planning ministers from French-speaking Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Africa will attend the workshop. The workshop objectives include: improving understanding of the NAP process; clarifying entry points for a NAP process, taking into account the local political economy; identifying the technical, financial and institutional needs for integrating the NAP process into the country's planning and budgeting process; learning what other countries have done/are doing to advance their NAPs; increasing awareness of methods and tools for developing a strategy to advance NAPs in the ministers' respective countries; and exchanging information on the potential financing mechanisms for NAPs. NAP-GSP is a project of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).  

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ICRAF Publishes Guide on Conservation Agriculture with Trees [viewed]

World Agroforestry CentreApril 2014: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has published a guide for farmers and extension staff, titled ‘Conservation Agriculture with Trees (CAWT): Principles and Practice.' The guide aims to assist extension agents in conducting training events on CAWT for farmers and other stakeholders in the East African region.

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Event: CBD Workshop for Eastern and Southern Africa on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), this capacity-building workshop for Southern and Eastern Africa will focus on ecosystem conservation and restoration to support achievement of the Aichi biodiversity targets. It aims to support parties in the development of national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration within the framework of Aichi Targets 5, 11 and 15; the integration of these targets and plans into updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and mainstreaming into broader national policies, plans and programmes; and the use of appropriate assessments, policy and planning tools to implement ecosystem conservation and restoration strategies at appropriate levels.  

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UNEP, UNDP Support NAPs Development in African LDCs [viewed]

nap-gsp17 April 2014: The National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) convened a four-day, high-level training and knowledge exchange on developing and implementing NAPs. Environment, finance and planning ministers from English-speaking Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Africa attended the workshop.

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Pepsi and Coke Announce Support for Responsible Governance of Land Tenure [viewed]

fao-pepsi-coke15 April 2014: In a land policy that states its commitment to “doing business the right way,” PepsiCo has announced its support for the 'Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure' and its recognition of its obligations to respect and protect the rights of local people. The Guidelines, which were initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), promote equitable access and secure ownership rights to fisheries, forests and land, with the aim of eradicating poverty and hunger, protecting the environment and supporting sustainable development.

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LEDS, World Bank Workshops Highlight African Green Growth Opportunities [viewed]

World BankLEDS15 April 2014: Two regional workshops in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), addressed the relationship between green growth and natural resources management, including best practices on low emissions development strategies (LEDS).

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Event: CBD Regional Workshop for African Countries on the Clearing-House Mechanism [viewed]

The objective of this workshop organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is to build capacity and provide guidance on how to establish and sustain effective national clearing-house mechanisms, in line with COP Decision X/15 and in support of the national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).  

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