Africa

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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CITES Assesses Progress on Thailand's National Ivory Action Plan [viewed]

CITES4 December 2014: More than 20 Thai Government agencies with a role in implementing the country's revised national ivory action plan (NIAP) came together to discuss and brief John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), on progress on the NIAP.

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MY World Report Highlights People's Priorities for Post-2015 [viewed]

word we want -report15 December 2014: Citizens around the world want a good education, better healthcare and better job opportunities, according to a report summarizing the MY World survey, the largest survey ever conducted by the UN. The report, titled ‘We the Peoples: Celebrating 7 Million Voices,' presents respondents' selections of six out of 16 priorities for a better life.

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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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WAVES Highlights NCA in Botswana, World Parks Congress [viewed]

waves10 December 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership has released its December 2014 newsletter, featuring high-level endorsements of the initiative in Botswana, in-depth sessions on country-level national capital accounting (NCA) at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress and NCA reporting in partner countries.

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Forum Promotes Climate Action through South-South Cooperation [viewed]

UNEP8 December 2014: The South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum, held in parallel to the Lima Climate Change Conference, established the basic value proposition and importance of South-South cooperation, identified its enablers and constraints, and outlined options and mechanisms for promoting it. Through discussions with practitioners, policymakers and academics, the Forum contributed to integrating South-South cooperation into negotiations on the post-2015 climate change agreement.

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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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PROVIA E-Tool Prototype Tested at COP 20 [viewed]

PROVIA5 December 2014: In 2015, the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) will launch an electronic tool (e-tool) to accompany its 'Guidance on Assessing Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change.' During the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), which developed the Guidance and the e-tool, held consultations with potential users of the tool to garner feedback in the lead-up to its launch.

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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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