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Strengthening Regional Collaboration to Advance Jurisdictional REDD+ and Low Emissions Development in Africa
The Governors’ Climate & Forests (GCF) Task Force is a unique platform for collaboration among states that work to protect tropical forests and reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), creating strategies for a sustainable form of development. The GCF currently consists of 22 members from 7 countries, working together to establish jurisdictional REDD+ programs and systems that reduce emissions from deforestation and connect to different forms of financing according to each state’s strategy. More than 25% of the world’s tropical forests are in GCF states and provinces, including more than 75% of Brazil’s, 75% of Peru’s, and more than half of Indonesia’s. The GCF includes states and provinces that are leading the way in building comprehensive, jurisdiction-wide approaches to low emissions development and REDD+.
Call for Applications 2014
Women scientists who are nationals or permanent residents of any country in Sub-Saharan Africa have from 22 May to 21 August 2014 to apply for the 2014 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Regional Fellowships. The Program aims to honour 10 talented African women for the quality of their research and assist them to pursue a brilliant career in science in any Sub-Saharan African country.
On June 17th, 2014, Save the Children – Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Centre and Network’s (HoA-REC&N), Environmental Governance and Education Partnership Programme hosted a multi-stakeholder lunch, which served as a forum for stakeholders to discuss Africa’s common positions on what development goals should be in the post 2015 period.
During the lunch, participants discussed the role of the millennium development goals, with regards to the achievements that have been accomplished since their adoption in 2000 and the role they played in guiding the development agendas of African countries, as well as the rest of the world. The Common African Position
On Saturday, June 14th, 2014, the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS) and the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N), celebrated World Environment Day (WED) at Arsi Negelle High School. The celebration was organised by HoA-REC&N’s Environmental Governance and Education Partnership Programme and featured student performed songs, short dramas, and poems about environmental protection, as well as speeches from guests and a tree planting ceremony.
This marked the 21st time WED has been celebrated in Ethiopia. The theme of WED this year was “Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level”, but, in order to make the day more locally appropriate, national and regional themes were also created. This year, for Ethiopia, the national theme was, “Every Year, Everywhere, Everyone: Let Us Stand for Environmental Protection & Natural Resource Conservation”, and, along the lines of the national theme, the WED theme for the Central Rift Valley was, “Let Us Once Again Protect Our Forests from Destruction”.
This study indicates there are major challenges for Ethiopia to finance its response to climate change. The national Climate Resilient Green Economy strategy has called for annual spending of USD 7.5 billion to respond to climate change. With national budgetary resources for climate change-relevant actions estimated to be in the order of USD 440 million per year, and international sources adding several tens of USD million per year, there appears to be a major financing gap. Therefore, if the strategy is to be delivered, much more needs to be done to mobilise additional resources both domestically and externally.