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Uganda ready to host African Climate Week

By Henry Neondo The government of Uganda is ready to host the African Regional Climate Week from March 3-4 to build regional momentum for the annual UN Climate Change Conferences and drive forward regional implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The Regional Climate Week will provide a platform for representatives of national and subnational governments, cities,

Illegal logging soars during Covid-19 pandemic in Congo Basin

A survey of 7000 forest dependent community members in Cameroon, Congo, and the Democratic Republic of Congo by the University of Wolverhampton’s Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT), has revealed that global climate goals and livelihoods of forest communities are at risk due to increased illegal logging in the forests of the Congo Basin.

Ashden Awards calls for entries on Africa’s low carbon entrepreneurs

By Joseph Abuje   The prestigious Ashden Awards, now in their 20th year, are making their final call for applications from Africa’s low carbon innovators. The Ashden Awards highlight outstanding climate innovations, boosting bright ideas that can be scaled up or replicated around the world. Businesses, charities and public sector bodies can enter. As well

Call for Congo’s Natural Climate Solutions Applications to the Ashden Prize

By Adelyn Wangusi   A Climate charity organisation, Ashden is calling for nominations for the 2021 Ashden Prize for Natural Climate Solutions. The award will stimulate the growth and reproduction of exceptional innovations, honouring works that contribute to climate justice and defend a crucial global resource in the fight against climate change. The winner will

Economic opportunism in response to COVID-19 erodes Indigenous land rights, generate violence and deforestation

In their quest to bolster economies battered by the pandemic, governments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and elsewhere have set aside social and environmental safeguards in favor of destructive development projects that are harming Indigenous communities and the forests they care for, according to a report released today by Forest Peoples Programme. The

UN Biodiversity Convention’s science body to exchange views on key biodiversity issues

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) subsidiary body on science will hold an information session on 17-19, 24-26 February to prepare for the formal meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24) scheduled for later this year. The informal meeting will serve as an opportunity for Parties and observers to

13 Africa and Asia startups cleantech innovation to tackle Climate change

By Henry Opondo   Six teams from Africa and seven from Asia will advance their development of promising cleantech solutions through an upcoming Innovation Academy. The teams were participants of the Youth Climate Innovation Labs, a fast paced three-day event that brought together selected youth, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and climate technology experts in

Climate Change: Climate information services badly needed in Africa 

By Joseph checky Abuje joabuje@gmail.com   Investing in effective, sustainable climate information services is a vital part of adapting to climate change, especially in Africa, a new research report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) reveals. The report dubbed ‘Investing for sustainable climate services: Insights from the African experience’ looks at the support provided in

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