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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Climate is changing and the most immediate impact is likely to be from extreme climate events such as droughts, floods, storms and cyclones. The 2012 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events (SREX) and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation provides clear evidence that climate change has already affected the magnitude and frequency of some climate extremes. The UK’s Humanitarian and Emergency Response Review (HERR) predicted that globally 375 million people a year will be affected by climate-related disasters by 2015, and recommended that DFID should integrate the threat from climate change and other potential hazards into disaster risk reduction. The BRACED programme is part of DFID’s response to this recommendation.

Friday, 01 August 2014

The European Union (EU) has informed the Malagasy authorities that a first payment of 97 million euros on the 455 million euros granted to Madagascar, in the wake of the allocation of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for the period 2014-2020, will be released as from the end of the year 2014. These post-election measures thus aim to support "reconstruction of the Malagasy State institutions and strengthen the capacity of the administration" as well as help others "to fill the budget deficit, to strengthen the provision of basic public social services such as health and resume the political dialogue for major reforms".

Local horticulture farmers risk losing access to the lucrative European Union (EU) market. This comes after threats from the EU that it would lock out Kenyan horticulture produce that has pesticide residues beyond recommended levels. Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei last week said an increasing amount of fresh produce being shipped to the EU market has exceeded maximum residual levels (MRLs) allowed for chemicals.

The Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) says it will implement an Euro 12.8 million (One Euro =US$1.29 cents) project later this year to address to address ecosystems-based adaptation. The CCCCC said the project will be carried out under an agreement with the German Development Bank (KfW) that seeks to protect the region’s extensive coastal resources through a combination of ecosystems-based adaptation and environmental engineering approaches.

The document titled The possible effects on the Namibian Economy of the signing or non-signing of the EPA with the European Commission sketched only the possible direct negative effects on the Namibian economy. It is not easy to quantify the socioeconomic consequences of such a step (i.e. the signing of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Commission), if and when it happens. The last meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)-EPA-EC negotiation team was only partially successful and no new date has been set for further negotiations.