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AfDB Cites African Countries’ Integrated Climate Resilience Solutions in the Water Sector in CIF Global 2012 Annual Report

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) ( has laid out solutions some African countries are about to apply, with help from the AfDB and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), to respond to complex problems that climate change is creating on their combined sectors of water, food and energy. The article, part of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF’s) newly released 2012 Annual ...

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Zimbabwe’s climate change policies need an urban focus

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In spite of the political and financial turmoil that Zimbabwe faces, the country seems to be on the right track in adopting strategies to address the effects of climate change. But these strategies tend to have a strong rural bias, overlooking the fact that almost half of the country now lives in urban areas, according to a joint review of ...

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Building support for locally relevant climate tech

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Climate Innovation Centers can promote clean technologies but need backing with a coordinated effort, says policy specialist Ambuj Sagar. Technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help people to adapt to climate change will be a key part of how developing countries respond to the climate challenge. But the relatively limited capabilities of these countries mean using such technologies remains ...

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Ministerial conference adopts integrated African strategy for meteorology


An integrated African strategy for meteorology to meet challenges such as climate change and extreme weather hazards has been adopted by a ministerial-level conference in Zimbabwe. The Second Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology 12-15 October 2012 also focused on how to improve weather and climate services for sustainable development, particularly for priority sectors such as agriculture, water, ...

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Media Alert: Climate Change and Food Security in Africa


Journalists are Invited to Cover the High Level Science Policy Session, live via webcast on Tursday 25th October 2012 The CGIAR research program on Climate change, Agriculture and Food security (CCAFS) Program in West Africa ( is inviting you to a High level Science – Policy Session to discuss needed changes in Agriculture with Ministries, Farmers organizations, Scientists and NGOS. ...

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A little help from your friends


A joint initiative of the Danish government and the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department (ONEC) of the African Development Bank (AfDB), known as the the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), has issued it’s first grant of $800,000 to finance the concept phase of the Green Tech Financial Facility. According to, the Green Tech Financial facility was launched ...

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SAA looks to voluntary carbon offset project

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Pretoria – State owned enterprise South African Airways (SAA) is exploring the implementation of a voluntary carbon offset project that can support the development of forestry in the Southern African region. SAA operates in a global market that makes it extremely vulnerable to policies in countries that impose penalties and taxes on carbon emissions. Speaking at the launch of the ...

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Social scientists demand bigger role in environmental research

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This article was originally published on the SciDev.Net Website 15 June 2012. After decades of empirical evidence of climate change, why does climate change denial still exist? This is just one question that social scientists hope to shed light upon. Social science leaders have launched a campaign to make their work more “visible”, saying that their research into global environmental change is being ignored. They argue ...

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Bonn meeting commits to COP17 outcomes

Pretoria – Representatives from the 32 countries in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiating blocs have expressed determination to build on the strong momentum of the Durban UN climate talks. The representatives, who met in Bonn, Germany, this weekend, looked at what needed to be done to ensure that key decisions that emerged from the Durban ...

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Indigenous Brazilian tribe certified to trade carbon credits

Brazil’s Paiter Suruí community has become the first indigenous group in the country to receive international certification to sell carbon credits in return for protecting and restoring forests in their Amazonian territory. The Suruí community, which numbers around 1300 people, was first contacted by outsiders in 1968. Over the past decade, with assistance from environmental advocates, they have conducted a sophisticated campaign ...

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