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    Carbon Finance Opportunities with BOAD, Lomé


    admin | 2015-06-27 | 1.0 MB | details


    Since 2013, RCC Lome has been working on supporting project stakehold- ers in the region to secure attractive prices for their Certified Emission Reductions. A number of projects have been successful in entering into an agreement with institutions interested in purchasing emission reductions at higher than the record low market prices, especially for CERs from projects in the least developed countries and small-island developing states. In 2015, RCC Lome continues this effort to support stakeholders in the region by providing useful information on potential opportunities CER sales. In this issue we are pleased to share with you a range of information related to car- bon finance funding opportunities. We invite stakeholders to contact RCC Lome regarding any other opportunities. 

  • Feuilles vertes, la lettre d'information de l'Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS)


    admin | 2014-11-01 | 330.1 KB | details

    Dans ce numéro 

    Coopération régionale pour la gestion durable de l’eau au Maghreb

    Résilience face aux catastrophes au Sahel

    Recommandations opérationnelles pour la gestion durable de l’eau saharienne

    Résilience aux mutations environnementales au Sahel

    Changement climatique : les grands rendez-vous internationaux

  • Proceedings for the 8th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation


    admin | 2014-10-28 | 1.9 MB | details


    The 8th international CBA conference reported on in these proceedings was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, 24-30 April 2014. The theme was “Financing Local Adaptation” in recognition of the need to understand how best to finance the growing number of CBA project and programme activities. Roughly 450 people from 58 different countries attended, including representatives from governments and many of the large international and bilateral funds, donors and foundations currently supporting CBA. This included the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Chair of the Adaptation Fund Board, and Prime Minister of Nepal. CBA8 concluded with the launch of the Kathmandu Declaration on Financing Local Adaptation, which saw delegates call for a radical shift in financial flows to ensure the most vulnerable communities can adapt to climate change. 

  • The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Africa?


    admin | 2014-07-30 | 3.2 MB | details

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever. The Fifth Assessment Report ( ), which the IPCC is releasing in four parts between September 2013 and November 2014, is the work of 830 expert authors, from 85 countries. Its first three volumes already stretch to 5,000+ pages.


    Now the Climate and Development Knowledge Network ( and Overseas Development Institute ( have released a succinct guide to the assessment for decision-makers in Africa.


    The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Africa?  distils the richest material on climate impacts and trends in Africa, and African experiences in adaptation and mitigation, from the thousands of pages of the Fifth Assessment Report. The expert research team has worked under the guidance of IPCC Coordinating Lead Authors and Reviewers to ensure fidelity to the original material.


    The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report: What’s in it for Africa? aims to make the IPCC’s important material more accessible and usable to African audiences. This guide responds to wide demand for region-specific information.


    The guide is part of a suite of materials to promote the key findings of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report. Forthcoming companion volumes will provide a digest of IPCC findings for: South Asia; Latin America; and Small Island Developing States. Please visit from 16 July 2014, to access a range of resources, including free-to-use images and infographics.


  • UN-REDD Presents a Case Study on Spatial Analysis and REDD+ in Tanzania


    admin | 2014-02-27 | 5.2 MB | details

    21 February 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released a case study on using spatial analysis to support REDD+ safeguard and multiple benefit decision making in Tanzania.


  • CTCN Francophone Experts Dialogue Meeting - Dakar


    admin | 2013-11-04 | 2.4 MB | details

    The Dialogue meeting of Francophone CTCN Experts was held in Dakar, Senegal on September 3-4th, 2013 at the Hotel Radison Blu. This meeting was the fourth of its kind since those organized by UNEP and its partners in the CTCN consortium, for Asia (Bangkok, Thailand) for Latin America (Cartagena, Colombia) and Anglophone Africa (Midrand, South Africa).

    The main objective of the Dakar meeting was to understand the needs of countries in terms of barriers that the CTCN can help overcome the priority areas that the CRTC should focus on (including the main needs for capacity building, gaps in knowledge, data and information needs) as well as the specific services that the CRTC could offer to the region.

    Opened by Ms. Mariline Diara (Director of Environment and Classified Areas and representing the Senegalese Minister of the Environment), the workshop was attended by twenty-five experts from nine countries in Francophone Africa. These experts come from governmental institutions, research organizations, organizations of civil society and the private sector, working in various fields such as energy, services, environment and development. The list of participants is annexed.

  • Dialogue Régional des Experts Francophones sur les Technologies Climatiques


    admin | 2013-09-30 | 2.4 MB | details

    Le Dialogue des Experts francophones du CRTC s’est tenu à Dakar au Sénégal les 3 et 4 Septembre 2013 à l’Hôtel Radison Blu. Cette rencontre, organisée avec l’appui de ENDA, était la quatrième du genre depuis celles tenues par le PNUE et les partenaires du consortium du CRTC en Asie (à Bangkok, Thaïlande), en Amérique Latine (à Cartagène, Colombie) et en Afrique Anglophone (à Midrand, Afrique du Sud).

  • Rapport Final - ENDA_"Agriculture, Changement Climatique et Responsabilité Sociétale des Organisations"


    admin | 2013-09-01 | 4.2 MB | details

    "Initiative Savoirs, Culture et Développement Durable" 

    Première édition intitulée "Agriculture, Changement Climatique et Responsabilité Sociétale des Organisations"

  • 7th CBA Conference Proceedings: Mainstreaming CBA into national & local planning


    admin | 2013-06-27 | 1.8 MB | details

    Community-based adaptation (CBA) recognizes that environmental knowledge, vulnerability and resilience to climate impacts are embedded in societies and cultures. This means the focus is on empowering communities to take action based on their own decision-making processes. 

    Increased resilience to climate stresses can be achieved by enabling communities to enhance their capacity to cope with climate extremes and surprises, such as hurricanes, floods or droughts. Although CBA is an emerging area, efforts are being been made to develop participatory methodologies, raise awareness of climate change and foster adaptive capacity. This is particularly important across Asia, and Bangladesh in particular, which is especially vulnerable to climate change impacts. 

  • Mainstreaming climate change resilience into development planning in the Gambia


    admin | 2013-05-29 | 288.5 KB | details

    The Gambia is among those countries most vulnerable to climate change. As a low-lying country, climate change poses major development challenges as productive sectors such as agriculture, forestry, wildlife and tourism would be adversely affected by rises in sea level. It has been estimated that more than 80 per cent of the country’s domestic energy comes from biomass (wood). The combustion of biomass releases large quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Such carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by adopting wind and solar energy. Improved cooking stoves have been promoted among the Gambian population in the past as a way of conserving energy and reducing the loss of the forest cover, and the country recently saw the introduction of biogas technology as a substitute for wood fuel in some rural communities. The National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) also addresses climate-related threats through actions that deliver immediate adaptation benefits, help build local and national adaptive capacity, increase awareness, and maximise long-term benefits

  • Mainstreaming climate change resilience into development planning in Kenya


    admin | 2013-05-29 | 434.1 KB | details

    Climate change impacts are likely to undermine planned development outcomes in a number of countries, and pose significant challenges for the resilience of many livelihoods and ecosystems. Development planning responses play an important role in addressing these challenges, and integrating climate change resilience into these responses is fast emerging as a major policy agenda item.

    Between November 2011 and October 2012, government staff from diverse backgrounds came together at a course facilitated by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) to share and reflect on their countries’ experience and needs around integrating climate change into development planning. Based on these discussions, they identified three building blocks for successful mainstreaming: an enabling environment, policies and planning, and projects and programmes.

    The enabling environment for mainstreaming includes the political will to make climate policy and the information services that guide it. The second block — planning and policy — includes policy frameworks together with institutional arrangements and finance mechanisms. The projects and programmes block takes mainstreaming to the project level. The three blocks are non-hierarchical and non-sequential; in some cases, strategic planning led by technocrats may come before high-level political will, or a country may be pursuing important development goals mainly through individual projects.

    This country report reflects experience in Kenya against the building blocks framework.

  • Changement Climatique, Agriculture et Responsabilité Sociétale des Organisations: Note conceptuelle et Agenda


    admin | 2013-05-11 | 882.5 KB | details

    Note conceptuelle et Agenda

  • Climate Change, Agriculture and Corporate Responsibility: Event concept note and agenda


    admin | 2013-05-11 | 820.0 KB | details

    Event concept note and agenda

  • Assistance technique disponible pour les pays ACP dans le domaine du changement climatique


    admin | 2013-04-12 | 185.0 KB | details

    Assistance technique disponible pour les pays ACP dans le domaine du changement climatique

  • Technical assistance available for ACP countries in the field of climate change


    admin | 2013-04-12 | 167.8 KB | details


    Technical assistance available for ACP countries in the field of climate change


  • CoP18 in Doha: Loss and Damage


    admin | 2013-03-22 | 1.2 MB | details

    The eighteenth Conference of Parties (COP18) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) starts in Doha, Qatar, on November 26 and ends on December 7 2012. There are a number of important topics for negotiators to resolve at Doha, including the fate of the Kyoto Protocol, the level of ambition of mitigation targets, financing for mitigation and adaptation, actions on adaptation, reducing emissions from deforestation, land degradation (REDD), technology transfer and a new and emerging topic of Loss and Damage. I will describe each of the main issues being discussed over the next few columns and then summarise the outcomes after it is over.

  • Tackling the Limits to Adaptation: An International Framework to Address ‘Loss And Damage’ from Climate Change Impacts


    admin | 2013-03-20 | 2.7 MB | details

    Almost daily reminders by the scientific community of the impendingdangers posed by climate change have yet to penetrate the consciousness of our political leaders. Despite the fact that climate impacts are now unfolding much faster than previously modelled, governments are failing to act with sufficient mitigation ambition.The current and future scale of climate change implies serious loss anddamage, especially to the lives and livelihoods of those who are poor, most vulnerable and least to blame. Thus we urgently need a means to respond.

  • Loss and Damage: The theme of slow onset impact


    admin | 2013-03-20 | 1.0 MB | details

    This policy briefing sets out a number of the issues relating to the slow onset portion of the climate change loss and damage agenda. It is not meant to be an exhaustive analysis of this new and sometimes complex subject. Instead, it should serve to introduce the concept of loss and damage related to slow onset climate change hazards and provide sign posts to guide further investigation of the subject – in particular for those institutions, experts and country representatives participating in the current work programme on loss and damage under the UN Framework on Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

  • Into UnknownTerritory: The limits tTo adaptation and reality of loss and damage from climate impacts


    admin | 2013-03-20 | 1.1 MB | details

    Climate change will inflict devastating damage to land, property, ecosystems and human life. Yet loss and damage from climateimpacts gets far less attention than it deserves from climatenegotiators and politicians.

  • Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative


    admin | 2013-03-20 | 1.1 MB | details

    There is a significant gap between existing and projected emissions and the level of emissions that would confine global warming to a 2°C – let alone a 1.5°C – increase. Countries and societies are increasingly preparing adaptation strategies and implementing a range of activities to facilitate adaptation. However, at the existing pace it is unlikely that current levels of adaptation will allow societies to transition smoothly to a changing world. The frequency and intensity of weather-related hazards is expected to grow, along with the long-term adverse impacts of weather-related risks. In many cases this could exceed adaptation thresholds of individuals, communities and countries.

  • Framing the Loss and Damage debate: A conversation starter by the Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative 


    admin | 2013-03-20 | 1.5 MB | details

    This document outlines initial thoughts by the ‘Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative’1 to provide some conceptual and framing input into the loss and damage negotiations2 under the UNFCCC. Given both the preliminary nature of these discussions and the complexity of the issue of loss and damage, a precise definition may not be necessary and in fact may even be counter-productive at this early stage. Instead at this point in the discussion it may more useful provide a spectrum of relevant scientific and policy perspectives and areas of expertise in an attempt to inform ongoing dialogue.

  • Bangladesh leading the way on Loss and Damage


    admin | 2013-03-20 | 1.1 MB | details

    Loss and Damage in the UNFCCC process
    The least developed countries (LDCs) are both the least responsible for and the most vulnerable to climate change impacts." A lack of institutional, economic and financial capacity renders these countries less able to cope with climate change impacts# and more likely to suffer loss and damage as a result. The need for an international mechanism to address this inequity has long been acknowledged. In 1992, Principle 13 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
    proclaimed that, “States shall also cooperate in an expeditious and more determined manner to develop further international law regarding liability and compensation for adverse effects of environmental damage caused by activities within their jurisdiction or control to areas beyond their jurisdiction.”

  • Second newsletter out: Insights of some of the main research activities carried out so far during 2012 by CALESA’s partnership


    fmannke | 2013-02-19 | 1.1 MB | details

    The second CALESA newsletter has been published and is available!

  • First newsletter out: Improving farming in Eastern and Southern Africa


    fmannke | 2013-02-18 | 396.2 KB | details

    The first CALESA newsletter has just been published and is available!

  • Presentation: In the context of the „African Climate Teach-In Day“


    fmannke | 2013-02-18 | 1.8 MB | details

    Presentation to introduce the African context related with climate change, together with the main goals of CALESA project.