We live in a complicated interconnected world, on a continent experiencing considerable economic, social and environmental challenges. Among the most significant of the environmental challenges is climate change.  In Africa, climate change threatens to derail the significant development gains that have been made over the last decades; climate change also threatens future growth and development. Read more

12Dec2018

CLIMAT : Rendre aux forêts leur rôle régulateur en impliquant les acteurs locaux dans leur gestion

Les forêts jouent un rôle de premier plan dans le climat mondial. Les arbres et les sols qui les composent captent le dioxyde de carbone de l’atmosphère et le convertissent, par la photosynthèse, en carbone, qu’ils emmagasinent ensuite sous la forme de bois et de végétation. C’est un processus connu sous le terme de « piégeage du carbone ». Les forêts fixent d’énormes quantités de carbone. Au total, les forêts et les sols forestiers de la planète stockent plus de 1 000 milliards de tonnes de carbone, deux fois plus que le volume présent dans l’atmosphère. Empêcher ces stocks de carbone d’être libérés sous forme de gaz est crucial pour le bilan carbone, vital pour la conservation de l’environnement et utile pour un meilleur contrôle du réchauffement global (www.fao.org).


04Jun2018

From the scourge of plastic waste pollution in Africa to value addition and improved livelihoods

The theme for World Environment Day celebrations in 2018 is “Beat Plastic Pollution.” There has been a big focus on the devastating impacts of plastic waste (particularly single-use plastics) on the marine environment, human health and regarding climate change.

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09Jan2018

How concessional climate finance can unleash the potential of the private sector to fight deforestation and forest degradation in Africa

Often over the past few years, I’ve come across fellow colleagues working as investment officers who view concessional climate finance as a pure co-financing instrument that can quickly and effectively cover a funding gap in any given project. They fail to understand that if structured in such a simple way, the full potential of concessionality to drive private investment in under-invested sectors will not be met.


18Dec2017

Is climate diplomacy holding its promises with the Paris Agreement, especially for Africa?

Climate diplomacy is the process of advocating for actions to respond to climate change in diplomatic dialogues, public diplomacy, and policy instruments, and of contributing to public awareness about climate actions needed to effect change. What role does climate diplomacy play in ensuring effective climate actions around the globe?


14Nov2017

The Paris Agreement is a marathon, not a sprint

The challenge of the Paris Agreement is “to achieve a balance between anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of this century”. It’s a 50-year marathon, made up of successive five-year sprints, and we need to approach it as such.


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