Gaborone: Over 40 technocrats from SADC Member States drawn from the Ministries of Agriculture, Environment and Lands, the academia and private sector recently met for a three day workshop at Protea Hotel Centurion in Pretoria, South Africa. The workshop came at an opportune time when countries across the globe have committed to create a new international climate agreement by the conclusion of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015.
Abidjan: Panelists at high-level event on climate change on Tuesday have renewed their call for a strong and universal climate change agreement with increased flows of funds, sufficient to fulfill Africa’s development aspirations. This is in addition to the need to have adequate, predictable, sustainable climate finance resources to address Africa’s challenges in transitioning to low-carbon development, climate-smart agriculture, and sustainable urban development.
The African Union has played a key role in ensuring that Africa takes a united stand in global negotiations and evolving mechanisms. The African Group of Negotiators in the UNFCCC processes, inputs from relevant STCs, the work of the CAHOSCC and AMCEN have all been brought into a coherent AU framework. The African Heads of State and Government, having appreciated the gravity of the climate change challenge unfolding in the continent, made a number of seminal decisions to help Member States deal effectively, efficiently and equitably with the risks posed by climate change.
Nairobi: Harnessing the global financial system to deliver climate security, reduce the risks of high carbon assets, and scale up capital for the low carbon transition is possible, but will only happen with a comprehensive, system-wide approach to financing - including the $37 trillion of energy infrastructure - in the next two decades.
Lusaka: African countries must embrace climate smart agriculture practices if the continent is to attain food security and nutrition in the face of climate change, says New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) Director of Programmes Estherine Fotabong.
Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) is a practice of agriculture that sustainably increases productivity, resilience and adaptation, as well as contributing towards reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.
Abuja: The UN University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), Accra, Ghana, says African governments and other stakeholders must take steps to mitigate climate change impact on food security. This is contained in a statement issued by Ms Praise Nutakor, Communications Associate of the institute, and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.
This year, governments will agree Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period to 2030, and a new global climate agreement, to take effect from 2020. Together, these could set the course for environmental sustainability and human well-being this century. The agreements together offer a once-in-a generation opportunity to end extreme poverty, create climate resilience and avoid dangerous levels of climate change by committing to zero net carbon emissions.
Nairobi: Ministries of agriculture, environment and trade in East Africa need to harmonise their policies to effectively deal with issues of climate change, food security and trade. This has become even more important in view of the on-going negotiations at both the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Both these negotiations include issues related to food security and agriculture.
Nairobi: Although Africa contributes only about 3.8% of total greenhouse gas emissions, the continent is among the most vulnerable in the world. According to IPCC's climate change modelling results, decreasing water resources as a result of climate change is heavily affecting water levels of major rivers and lakes in Africa.
Nairobi: The first African Regional Green Growth Forum opened Wednesday in Nairobi, attended by the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, and more than 200 delegates, including African ministers of environment, policy-makers, international financial and environmental experts, and leaders from the private sector. The Forum is jointly organized by the Government of Kenya, the Government of Denmark and the United Nations Environment Programme, under the umbrella of the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) which convenes government