5 December 2011
The World Wildlife Fund and the African Development Bank announced the progress made in the partnership between them that was signed in July 2011 to promote green growth at the climate change conference, or COP, in Durban.
The overall aim of the joint venture is to promote knowledge-sharing between developing countries to further the cause of sustainable economic growth, or green growth.
Cutting the price of energy is one way to fight poverty, the delegates at the climate change conference, or COP 17, heard in Durban.
Around 1.5 billion people around the world do not have electricity because they are not connected to a power grid. That means those people have no choice to resort to far costlier fuels, which can also be more dangerous.
As a continent of mainly developing economies, Africa can least afford to lose percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to climate change. Where GDP is built on unsustainable growth, there could be adverse economic effects in the future, said the moderator Buchizya Mseteka, adding that this made mitigation and adaptation both an environmental and an economic imperative.
Africa as a continent suffers a huge lack of power. Most people in sub-Saharan Africa have little or no access to affordable, easily-available electricity. Even a developed country like South Africa is plagued by power cuts.
The African Development AfDB (AfDB) is at the leading edge in putting climate change adaptation into the mainstream of development. The AfDB is also on the forefront in creating tools to climate proof AfDB-financed investments, and to mainstream climate change adaptation into development.
When the much-praised guide to climate science The Atlas of Climate Change was first launched, the late Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Wangari Maathai, wrote in her foreword: “We have come a long way on climate change, from ignorance and denial to policy recommendations and global negotiations. The Atlas of Climate Change should inspire us all to action.”
- 9:00-11:00 Investing in REDD+ in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo
- 11:30-13:00 Climate Change and African Forest Resources, Launch of a Book and Toolbox, Africa Forest Forum
- 9:00-11:00 Best Practices in Agriculture for Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change
- 9:00-11:00 Current Initiatives on Climate Smart Agriculture Current initiatives and projects
- 9:00-11:00 Pilot Program for Climate Resilience Platform to Support National Adaptation Plans
- 11:30-13:00 Climate Change Adaptation and Development A Mainstreaming Approach Using existing climate knowledge and data in project design and planning
- 11:30-13:00 Green Growth: The Potential for Africa What opportunities does green growth offer Africa and where are the challenges?
- 13:20-14:40 Launch of Africa Atlas Latest research on climate impacts in Africa
- 13:20-14:40 Hydro Energy and Climate Change
- 13:20-15:20 Roundtable Agriculture and Food Security Across Africa
- 16:45-18:15 Conservation Agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa
- 16:45-18:15 Disaster Risk and People’s Resilience in Africa
- 16:45-18:15 From Small to Large: Clean Energy Projects in Africa Case studies from the continent, including small hydro and cutting-‐edge solar
- 18:30-20:00 Energy, Climate and Green Economy: Partnerships for Transformation High level panel discussion on promoting pro-‐poor growth, employment and sustainable development
- 18:30-20:00 Climate-‐Smart Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges for African Farmers (In Social Space)Connect4Climate Exhibition reception and projection of winning photos and videos (on exterior wall of African Pavilion)
- 18:30-20:00 Scaling up Mitigation Actions from the Carbon Development Mechanism to Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions
- 20:15-21:45 Evening with TerrAfrica
Have your Say!
- Youth Discussion Forum: Share with us your innovative ideas, your experience and your projects. Tell your Story
- COP Forum: What do you think are the solutions to the changing environment?
- A blog by Mthuli Ncube, AfDB Chief Economist and Vice President: "AfDB: Championing Inclusive Growth Across Africa"