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AMCEN Publication Provides Guide to Addressing Climate Change in the Context of Sustainable Development

African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN)16 February 2012: The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) has published a report titled "Addressing Climate Change Challenges in Africa: A Practical Guide towards Sustainable Development," which provides policy makers working in or with Africa with a practical guide and advice on addressing climate change within sustainable development policies and programmes.

The publication emphasizes a "development first" approach that sees climate and development as being interlinked. Prepared at the request of AMCEN's Member States, the guidebook addresses topics including: the impacts and implications of climate change on systems and key sectors; actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change; the capacity building, technological and financial resources needed to implement adaptation and mitigation actions; and guidelines for funding sources, particularly under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A number of case studies focus on climate change mitigation, adaptation and the green economy.

The guide stresses that challenges to transition to a green economy are particularly complex in the African context, due to complex social, economic and technological barriers, but a number of opportunities still exist, such as off-grid renewable energy services for poor households, community forest management and leapfrogging the carbon-intensive phase of development. [Publication: Addressing Climate Change Challenges in Africa: A Practical Guide towards Sustainable Development]