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Agroforestry to propel achievement of Nationally Determined Contributions

Elsa Galarza

A programme on how agroforestry can be part of the solution to climate change has been published in a policy brief by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). The programme, launched at a side event at COP23 in Bonn on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 highlights how Agroforestry projects can propel achievement of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of different countries. Organised by ...

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GEF welcomes new support to vulnerable countries


The Government of Sweden announced on Thursday, November 16, 2017 that it would provide additional funds of kr185 million (Swedish Kroner) each to the Adaptation Fund (AF) and the GEF Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). Also, Belgium has decided to make available an additional grant of €7 million to the LDCF, while the Wallonia region of southern Belgium announced €3.25 million to the fund. On the ...

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COP23: World remains a coal trap – Edenhofer

Ottmar Edenhofer

As negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn and the exploratory talks in Berlin on forming a new government are being concluded,  Ottmar Edenhofer, Chief Economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research (PIK) and Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), emphasises that the world must get out of coal, ...

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Supporting the implementation of MRV, transparency framework


An event showcasing initiatives to support measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) and the transparency of action and support was held on Monday, November 13, 2017, during the 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany. The expert panel – the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UNDP/UN ...

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Indian state uses drones to prevent open defecation


The Southern Indian state of Telanagana has embarked on a unique way to get rid of open defecation, using drones. As a pilot project, cops have deployed drones on the banks of a local reservoir in the state’s Karimnagar district to prevent people from defecating near the dam. The Lower Manair Dam is a drinking water source for the people ...

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COP23 awarded certification for sustainable conference

Barbara Hendricks

The 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany is the first UN Climate Change Conference to receive official certification for eco-friendly performance. The German Federal Environment Minister, Barbara Hendricks, and UN Climate Change Deputy Executive Secretary, Ovais Sarmad, were on Friday, November 17, 2017 presented ...

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World Toilet Day: Nigeria among hardest places for women to find toilet

A school toilet for girls

Nigeria is in the top three worst countries in the world for the number of people without toilets, reveals WaterAid’s State of the World’s Toilets 2017 report. As a result, nearly 123 million people still suffer the fear and indignity of relieving themselves in the open or in unsafe or unhygienic toilets – a situation that is most dangerous for ...

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COP23: Campaigners task world leaders over high-level segment deliberations

Voreqe Frank Bainimarama

Non-state actors following negotiations at the Bonn climate talks (COP23) have deplored the resort to empty words on climate change by global leaders during the high-level segment of the two-week conference. Fijian Prime Minister and COP23 President, Frank Bainimarama, at the high-level segment on Thursday, November 16, 2017 called on the country representatives to remain focused to ensure a successful ...

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How we’re implementing climate contributions, by Nigeria

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

To ensure the timely implementation of its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), Nigeria says it has developed a robust National Sectoral Action Plan across the five priority sectors, which are: agriculture, energy, transportation, industry and oil & gas. The West African nation added that it had also embraced issuance of green bond, ostensibly as an alternative source of funding green projects ...

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Images: Nigeria’s prominence at COP23 (2)

Ibrahim Usman Jibril


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