Africa

IOSEA Addresses Marine Turtle Conservation, Launches Network of Sites [viewed]

IOSEA12 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.

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MDBs Pledge to Enhance Climate Finance Action [viewed]

afd adb eb eib idb wb11 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.

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Event: Conference on Land Policy in Africa [viewed]

The inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa, co-hosted by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Forum on Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), will convene under the theme 'The next Decade of Land Policy in Africa: Ensuring Agricultural Development and Inclusive Growth,' in support of the 2014 African Union (AU) Year of Agriculture and Food Security. The conference, which will be held biennially, aims to create a continental land policy platform for presenting research and drawing stakeholder attention to the issues and status of land policy in Africa. The conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, side events, panel discussions and exhibitions, and will focus on six sub-themes: inclusive agricultural growth; land governance frameworks; women's land rights; land rights under different tenure regimes; experiences and best practices in land policies; and land administration.  

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IRENA Examines Renewable Energy Deployment in Islands [viewed]

IRENA2 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.

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2014 SEED Awards Celebrate African, Low-Carbon and Women's Enterprises [viewed]

Seed10 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.

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UNFCCC Reports on Non-Annex I GHG Inventory Trainings [viewed]

UNFCCC9 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.

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TMFO to Monitor Impacts of Selective Logging in the Tropics [viewed]

CIFOR8 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.

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Morocco 12th Party to Accept Doha Amendment [viewed]

UNFCCC5 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).

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SADC Workshop Details Conservation Guidelines for Extractive Industries [viewed]

logo_biopama_colorsafe_793374 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.

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Event: AfricaSolar 2014 [viewed]

Organized by the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) and the Ministry of Mining and Energy of Burkina Faso, in partnership with the Universities of Ougadougou and Perpignan, the second International Conference on Solar Energy in Africa will convene in Ouagadougou under the theme 'Solar Market in Africa, Strengths and Weaknesses'. The event is expected to bring together around 300 scientists, experts and investors to: assess different solar technologies and related opportunities; and examine the strengths and weaknesses of the solar market in Africa. Topics addressed at the conference are: solar technologies; access to energy in rural areas; energy storage; energy efficiency; and the role of politics, investors and private companies. The conference will seek to bring out concrete recommendations for decision makers and stakeholders on promoting the development of the region's solar market.  

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