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CancĂșn Diary Day 3: Rosebell Kagumire

Posted on 03 December 2010 by admin

December 3

Rosebell Kagumire finds Southern African officials worried that people back home will be disappointed by any REDD agreement.

Follow @RosebellK via her twitter stream as she delves into the devilish details of reducing degradation of forests.

 

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Southern Africa Collectively Gearing Up For REDD

Posted on 03 December 2010 by admin

Nchisi Forest Reserve, Malawi. Credit: Thomas Wagner/Wikicommons

Nchisi Forest Reserve, Malawi. Credit: Thomas Wagner/Wikicommons

By Rosebell Kagumire

CANCÚN, Mexico, Dec 3, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is moving to support its member countries to tap into benefits from the reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) framework. Continue Reading

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CancĂșn Diary Day 1: Rosebell Kagumire

Posted on 01 December 2010 by admin

December 1

Reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation is high on the agenda for civil society, says Rosebell Kagumire.

Follow @RosebellK via her twitter stream as she delves into the devilish details of reducing degradation of forests.

 
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Food Versus Biofuels Debate Continues in Africa

Posted on 01 December 2010 by admin

Jatropha berries. Credit: John Bwakali/IPS

Jatropha berries. Credit: John Bwakali/IPS

By Mantoe Phakathi

MBABANE, Dec 1, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – “We’re going to Cancun no better off than we were in Copenhagen,” said Thuli Makama, the director of Friends of the Earth Swaziland, as she prepared to leave for the climate negotiations in Mexico. Continue Reading

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CancĂșn Diary Day 1: Nastasya Tay

Posted on 01 December 2010 by admin

December 1

Nastasya Tay gets her bearings at the U.N. Climate Conference. Follow Nastasya on Twitter @NastasyaTay.

 
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Activists Call for Women in Forests Agreement

Posted on 01 December 2010 by admin

Indigenous coffee grower in PerĂș. Milagros Salazar/IPS

By Rosebell Kagumire

CANCÚN, Mexico, Dec 2, 2010 – (IPS/TerraViva) Conservation activists are calling for the recognition of women in any agreement on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Continue Reading

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UGANDA: Carbon Finance May Not Benefit Forest Communities

Posted on 30 November 2010 by admin

Mabira Forest, Uganda. Credit: S A Perez/Wikicommons

Mabira Forest, Uganda. Credit: S A Perez/Wikicommons/

By Rosebell Kagumire*

KAMPALA, Nov 30, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Uganda has lost more than two million hectares of forest since 1990, mostly converted to farmland by a growing population of smallholders. Carbon finance through the REDD programme is often presented as one way to arrest this destruction, but only if the benefits clearly translate to the grassroots. Continue Reading

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Changing Lives – Agriculture in Africa to take the brunt of climate change

Posted on 29 November 2010 by admin

Posted by Tinus de Jager
November 29, 2010

In this Podcast:
- Agriculture researchers want to make their results more practical
- Africa expects a three to four degree rise in temperature
- And using different crops could have positive results

 

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Don’t Look to South Africa for Leadership

Posted on 29 November 2010 by admin

Construction has begun on Medupi, a new power plant that will produce 4,800 MW - and 26 million tonnes of CO2 - per year.  Credit: Eskom

Construction has begun on Medupi, a new power plant that will produce 4,800 MW - and 26 million tonnes of CO2 - per year. Credit: Eskom

By IPS Correspondents

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 29, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – South Africa is Africa’s largest economy and the continent’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. The country’s emissions per capita are on par with those of the United Kingdom, and more than twice as high as China’s emissions by the same measure.
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ETHIOPIA: First Carbon Finance Spreads Green Over Highland

Posted on 22 November 2010 by admin

Farmers are rapidly reforesting the Humbo plateau, thanks to carbon finance. Credit: WorldVision.

By Omer Redi*

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 22, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – It has been decades since the people of the Humbo Woreda have been self-sufficient in food. A Clean Development Mechanism project – Ethiopia’s first – is restoring the environment and sustaining livelihoods along with it. Continue Reading

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A carpenter organises a load of mahogany, precious wood seized by the authorities in the CiĂ©naga de Zapata wetlands. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPSWaves and high tides are eating away at the beaches in Costa Rica’s Cahuita National Park, where the vegetation is uprooted and washed into the sea. Credit: Diego Arguedas/IPSInformal gold mining is the main source of mercury emissions in Latin America. An artisanal gold miner in El Corpus, Choluteca along the Pacific ocean in Honduras. Credit: Thelma MejĂ­a/IPS.Community leader Olga Vargas and her granddaughter Valery (backs turned to the camera) chat with local residents on one of the hiking paths that the Women’s Association created in the Quebrada Grande reserve. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPS
The expansion of pineapple cultivation to the north of the capital San JosĂ© has put pressure on forests in Costa Rica. There are pineapple plantations and a packing plant right behind the Quebrada Grande reserve. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPSIn Quebrada Grande, the Agrarian Development Institute dedicated 119 hectares of land to forest conservation, which the Womens’ Association has been looking after for over a decade. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPSOlga Vargas next to the greenhouse with which the Quebrada Grande de Pital Women’s Association began to revitalise its sustainable business, whose priority is reforestation. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPSIsabel Michi carefully tends seedlings in the greenhouse on her small organic farm in the settlement of MutirĂŁo Eldorado in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. Credit: FabĂ­ola Ortiz/IPS

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