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Monday, 23 October 2017

Launched in 2011, the Green Climate Fund (GFC) was created four years ago during the COP in Durban (South Africa), with the aim of raising $100 billion per year from developed countries to help the developing world adapt to climate change by 2020. So far only has an annual budget of $700 million. The fund's executive director, Héla Cheikhrouhou has underlined that the GCF is in dire needs of funds and emphasizes that this could give the right signals before COP21 in Paris later this year. As host country of COP21, France has been particularly forthcoming with donations.

The new Belgian Ambassador to CARICOM Guy Sevrin met with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque at the Headquarters of the regional body in Georgetown, Guyana. Belgian Ambassador Guy Sevrin noted that climate change and sustainable development “are vital issues for the planet”, but he did recognize that “There is no plan B for climate change.” According to a release from the Caricom Secretariat, Sevrin said that all countries must work together to save the planet from disaster.

The new Fairtrade Climate Standard is an add-on standard to Gold Standard certification of carbon emissions reductions and sustainable development benefits. The standard enables producers to improve their resilience to climate change, while also making their own contribution to reducing emissions. Additionally, producers receive a Fairtrade Premium for each credit sold: money to support them in the fight against the impacts of climate change in their communities.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Agricultural experts have warned against the practice of conventional agriculture, whereby the land is ploughed and the soil loosened before planting. According to the experts, it is not sustainable for the world's burgeoning population -- which the United Nations projects will reach 8.5 billion people by 2030, from 7.3 billion currently -- as it is putting a strain on land resources. Furthermore, the situation is worsened by the effects of climate change. Experts recommend soil management practices such as conservation agriculture, which increases productivity based on three principles -- minimal soil disturbance (reduced tillage), permanent soil cover (mulching) and crop rotation.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The ACP Group announced concrete steps being taken to address the specific challenges of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), including the serious threats of climate change to people’s livelihoods, cultures, economic development, and even more critically, their survival in coming generations. Addressing leaders of the Pacific Island members of the ACP Group today, the ACP Secretary General H.E. Dr. Patrick Gomes said: “We fully share the concerns of the Pacific peoples regarding the existential threats posed by climate change."

Friday, 18 September 2015

In this EU document, the main unresolved issues associated with the divide between rich and poor nations are discussed. They include: i) Scope of the national pledges (INDCs); ii) Differentiation between developing and developed countries; iii) Climate financing (including loss and damage) Therefore, if climate talks are to succeed and lead to an ambitious agreement in Paris,  Parties need to overcome this divide one way or another.

The Luxembourg Presidency invited agricultural ministers to an informal Council meeting which had been intended to focus on agriculture and climate change. Discussions will deal with the EU response to low milk prices and available time for the discussion shall deal with how agriculture can best address the challenges of mitigating climate change. For this latter discussion, the Luxembourg Presidency prepared a background - entitled Towards Climate-Smart Agriculture -  which sets the scene for discussions between the Ministers in three working groups.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Ahead of the Pacific Island Forum leaders summit, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said the Pacific island nations hoped to seal the EU trade deal at the UN climate change talks in Paris this December. "On the sidelines of that meeting we look forward to meeting with the European Union with the view of finalising the final agreement," O’Neil said. This announcement brings some sense of hope to the EU-Pacific trade talks which have been dragging on for over one year now.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete will attend the 46th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea this week. The visit comes few months ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Paris (COP21). Commissioner Arias Cañete said: "The EU and the Pacific are long-standing allies in the fight against climate change. Countries in this region are amongst the most vulnerable to its impacts – as demonstrated by the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam in March. This year's Forum will be an important opportunity to unite together with the view to secure a strong and credible global climate deal that will significantly accelerate the global transition to a climate resilient sustainable future."

Tuesday, 08 September 2015

At the East African Carbon Fair in Kampala, EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Production and Social Sector,  Jessica Eriyo said that the absence of strong regulations geared at climate management means the region will continuously be faced with climate challenges such as flooding and prolonged droughts. The Secretary general  told participants that  once the law is in place member states will be able to  allocate resources for climate management and implement  international mitigation strategies such as the Clean Development Mechanism( CDM) under the Kyoto protocol. The CDM is a market based approach that enables generation and trade of certified emission reductions units on a global scale.  EAC has developed a series of guiding principles on climate change, such as the EAC Climate Change Policy and the East African Climate Change Master Plan.