LDC Group of countries outlines its priorities for COP22 meeting

less-developed-countries-1-728In the run-up to the COP22 in Marrakesh, the group of 48 LDC countries outline the priorities they will be pushing for at COP22. These cover mitigation, adaptation, Loss and Damage, finance, Capacity building and Technology Development and Transfer, tranparency framework, global stocktake and compliance. Continue reading

LDCs must strengthen their capacity to face climate change

bangladesh-climate-changeOct 23, 2016 (BSS)– Climate experts in Bangladesh this week called for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) like Bangladesh to strenthen their bargaining capacity by acquiring knowledge on different aspects of the climate change issue to avert its possible harmful impacts. LDCs must be united by developing strong leadership to pile up pressure on industrialized nations to take action to stem the planet’s rising temperatures, they told a press conference on “COP 22 Climate Change Conference: Expectation of civil society” at the Jatiya Press Club here. Continue reading

Developing countries release $100B Climate Finance Roadmap for 2020

tuvalu-climate-changeOctober 21- 2016 Han Chen Jake Schmidt, National Resources Defence Coucil: This week developed countries released a “Roadmap” for how they will mobilise climate finance between now and 2020. This funding will help developing countries build low carbon and climate resilient economies and is an integral part of the Paris Agreement where countries agreed to mobilise $100 billion annually from 2020 to 2025.   Continue reading

Nepal Is Showing the Way on Climate Change

nepal-climate-change Michael Northrop, Bikash Panday, Huffington Post, 19 October:  Nepal is becoming one of the leaders in the fight against climate change. For a poor country struggling with severe poverty, it is admirable how much Nepal has done to decarbonize its economy. It’s domestic electricity production is 100% hydropower-based and therefore 100% renewable. Independent power producers have responded to incentives for small and medium hydro power and have flourished thanks to the willingness of local banks to provide credit. As a result, the country’s chronic power shortages and import of coal-generated power from India are both expected to come to an end in 2018.

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Climate change on front line in rural Zimbabwe

zimbabwe-droughtObi Anyadike, IRIN, 19 October: The last time Tabitha Moyo’s (name changed) borehole went dry was the drought of 1992, a disaster that affected 20 million people across southern Africa. That the 50-metre well is bone-dry now is an indication of just how severe this year has been for farmers in Zimbabwe. It rained just four times between November and February in Sanyati, a rural hamlet 350 kilometres south of the capital, Harare. Continue reading

South Asia region forecast to lose 1.3% of collective annual GDP by 2050 even if global temperature increases are kept to 2˚C.

recent study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) found the entire South Asia region stands to lose around 1.3 percent of its collective annual GDP by 2050 even if global temperature increases are kept to 2˚C. South Asia needs around $73b annually from now until 2100 to adapt to the negative impacts of climate change if current temperature trends continue. Continue reading

Climate change: temperature rises must be kept to 1.5C if LDCs are to survive

haiti-hurricane11 October 2016, John Vidal, Guardian: As the climate agreement is ratified, developing nations warn that money pledged is still nowhere near enough to adapt to expected sea level rises. Back-slapping for the speed at which the Paris agreement on climate change has been ratified is being tempered by the reality that the new treaty will not stop catastrophic warming, and the money so far pledged by rich countries is nowhere near enough to allow developing countries to adapt to expected sea level rises and more extreme weather. Continue reading

Join the Africa CSO Working Group on SDG’s!

african-cso-working-groupAll African CSOs are invited to join the African CSO Working Group (AWG), a platform of over 120 African CSOs that coordinates African CSOs engagement in SDG-Agenda 2063 implementation. It has a clear African focus and seeks to connect the SDG agenda with African reality, potential and challenges. The AWG was formed during the High Level Panel (HLP) process as a way of coordinating African CSOs in the post 2015 process. A Monrovian Africa CSO Forum held in October 2012 concluded with her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf accepting to host the Africa CSO Working Group Secretariat within her office. Continue reading

Pacific LDCS – Wave energy could provide the answer to the Islands’ energy needs

wave-energy– Waves are ubiquitous in the more than 20 island states scattered across 165 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean. But this year, following a ground-breaking study by oceanographic experts, they are now seen as an economically viable source of renewable energy in the region. The Pacific Community’s wave energy cost analysis report presents tangible costs of purchasing, installing, operating and maintaining wave energy devices in the region for the first time and concludes that “the costs of generating energy using waves are on par with other renewable energies, such as wind and solar.” Continue reading