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Saturday, 20 January 2018

The first meeting of the Environment Council of the EU under the Greek Presidency discussed, inter alia: climate change; genetically-modified organisms (GMOs); the Annual Growth Survey 2014, including how to improve the uptake of green economy priorities in national reform programmes; and a clean air programme for Europe.  Regarding climate change, the Council addressed: ‘A policy framework on climate and energy for the period 2020-2030;' and the need to prepare for negotiations of a new global climate agreement. Regarding ratification of the Kyoto Protocol's second commitment, ratification in early 2015 was suggested in order to enhance the credibility of the EU and its member States in the UN climate negotiations.

The Pacific Region is preparing a Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP) to more effectively address the risks and challenges posed by climate change and disasters within the context of sustainable development. The SRDP will integrate disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change, and succeed to two existing frameworks - the Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action (RFA) and the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) - both of which are set to expire in 2015. The Pacific Region is the world's first to fully integrate DRM and climate change into a single policy framework.

The EU has signed a financing agreement with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) to strengthen Pacific island countries' capacity to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change, as well as to enhance their energy security at national, provincial and local levels. Under the agreement, the EU will contribute €35.5 million to the €37.26 million Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (ACSE) programme, which aims to: create and strengthen national technical expertise on climate change adaptation and sustainable energy; improve cost-effective and efficient energy systems to reduce fossil fuels dependency; and enhance communities' adaptive capacity to cope with climate change challenges.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The European Union suspended sanctions on eight of Zimbabwe's most powerful military and political figures on Monday (17 February) and is expected to pave the way for the EU to resume channelling development aid directly to the Zimbabwe government as of 2015.
The 28-nation EU, which imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002 in protest at human rights abuses and violations of democracy under Mugabe, has gradually eased sanctions over the last few years to encourage political reform. Following last year's disputed elections, EU government representatives, who were meeting in Brussels, decided however to keep sanctions on President Robert Mugabe and his wife, highlighting a cautious easing of policy.

Monday, 10 March 2014

When Dean, the first storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, lashed Dominica on Aug. 16, it left behind a trail of destruction, claimed the lives of a mother and son, and decimated the island’s vital banana industry. Seven years later, Dominica’s agricultural sector remains painfully vulnerable to natural disasters and climate variability. Every year, farmers lose a significant portion of their crops and livestock during the six-month hurricane season.

Climate change comes with never-before-experienced impacts. For example, crop yields and growing seasons will decrease even as changing rain patterns will worsen people’s access to water. Yet Africa’s population is projected to reach 2 billion in less than 37 years, and in 86 years three out of every four people added to the planet will be African.

Tuesday, 04 March 2014

A reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below the 1990 level, an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27%, renewed ambitions for energy efficiency policies, a new governance system and a set of new indicators to ensure a competitive and secure energy system. These are the pillars of the new EU framework on climate and energy for 2030 presented today by the European Commission.

Monday, 03 February 2014

European Union (EU) diplomats  and the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) approved, on 8 November, the proposal delay the sale of 900 million tonnes of carbon permits until later this decade in order to prop up carbon prices in the bloc's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) under the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS). They gave the Lithuanian Presidency a mandate to negotiate with the European Parliament, just days after Berlin confirmed its support for the measure on 4 November.

Friday, 06 December 2013

A sub-Saharan Africa research program was recently launched by the Department for International Development (DFID). This program will be a 5-year climate impact research capacity building program for Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE).  The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) has implemented this project to  strengthen institutional research and providing 100 research fellowships from 2013-2018.

Monday, 11 November 2013

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Climate Initiative has announced that it has received 73 million euro from development partners - the EU and the Governments of Norway and the UK - to support climate change adaptation and mitigation in the region, including climate proofing the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) in the region.