2 December 2011
Land carries a powerful emotive charge in Africa. So while some welcome opportunities presented by foreign direct investment in African land, others are alarmed by a new “scramble” for post-colonial, post-independence Africa.
Africa’s relatively scarce agricultural land is precious, forming only slightly more than a fifth of the continent’s 3,000 million hectares. With climate change already reducing the effective use of marginal land, land-based foreign direct investment is seen as a critical issue at this “African COP.”
Climate change affects agriculture in Africa more than in the rest of the world and that can cause hunger in various countries there. But it is possible for governments to fight the problem, delegates at the climate change conference, COP 17, in Durban heard.
The UN-based fund that helps compensate developing countries combat deforestation should start fighting the causes as well as the effects. That was one of the main recommendations from forestry experts who gathered at the climate change conference, COP 17, in Durban.
The discussion mainly focused on deforestation in Africa, particularly in the Congo Basin, which has the second largest rainforest after South America.
Forests take up a huge amount of the continent, but are one of Africa’s most misunderstood and undervalued natural resources.
At a discussion on deforestation at the climate change conference, or COP 17, in Durban, delegates learned that forests account for 23 percent of Africa’s land area. The largest are the forest ecosystems of the Congo Basin and Upper Guinea.
However, their latent power to aid development is largely ignored, said Abdoulaye Dagamaissa, from the African Development Bank (AfDB).
- 9:00-11:00 Discussion on Geo Engineering
- 9:00-11:00 Africa Forest Forum A Forest Day event in Durban on East African REDD initiatives
- 9:00-14:40 Green Economy Modeling
- 11:30-13:00 Agriculture and Climate Change in Africa Experiences, challenges and opportunities
- 11:30-13:00 Hidden Lands: Ensuring Transparency in Acquisition and Allocation Managing land acquisition and the interests of local communities
- 13:20-14:40 Lessons Learned in Agriculture and Climate Experiences with agricultural production and small farmers
- 13:20-15:20 Roundtable REDD+ in Africa: Policies and Perspectives
- 15:00-16:30 Vanishing Forests: Can the Trend be Reversed through Sustainable Management? Recent advances in preserving forest resources
- 15:00-16:30 Closing the Gap between Policy, Research and Practice
- 16:45-18:15 Implementing 1/CP16 on National Strategies Reference Levels REDD Beyond Borders
- 16:45-18:15 Increasing Awareness of REDD+ Governance in Africa
- 16:45-18:15 Sources of Climate Finance Information Systems Section
- 18:30-20:00 Central African Forests Commission side event
- 18:30-20:00 Open Data Initiative for Climate Change Moving towards Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open Solutions
- 18:30-20:00 Adaptation Finance Readiness Domestic Allocation of Resource and Access
- 18:30-21:45 Two Research Findings Contribution of water-‐ powered food processing technologies to alleviate poverty and mitigate climate change Contribution of small-‐ and medium-‐sized enterprises to development in Africa: Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa
- 20:15-21:45 Evening with TerrAfrica
- 20:15-21:45 Sharing Best Practices on Community-‐Based Adaptation Strategies A Case of Uganda Civil Society
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