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Two amazing African women scientists who are the winners of the Third African Climate Awards for excellence in climate change research


The Third AfriCAN Climate Award was jointly won by Dr Aster Gebrekirstos Afwork and Dr Debra Cynthia Roberts. The third award focused on promoting the presence of African women researchers in climate change adaptation and mitigation in an African context. Nominations were of an extremely high standard. Dr Aster Afwork specialises in dendrochronology, or the study of tree rings, to elucidate historical local climates. Aster’s work has immense importance to developing accurate predictions of future climate at a local and regional scale. Dr Debra Roberts is Deputy Head of the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of the eThekwini Municipality which was recently profiled by InsideClimate News as one of the top six worldwide urban mitigation and adaptation programmes. The underlying paradigm is that adaptation and mitigation is a vehicle driving a holistic multitude of urban, social, economic and environmental renewal and developmental initiatives. The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony running in conjunction with FANRPAN’s Climate Smart Agriculture Conference at Leriba Lodge, Pretoria, South Africa on the 23 AprilRead more.

FANRPAN’s Climate-smart Agriculture Workshop and Conference in collaboration with AfriCAN Climates Third Climate Change Award Ceremony


WFANRPAN and the University of the Witwatersrand will be hosting the Regional Conference on Climate Change and Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) at Leriba hotel and Spa in Pretoria, South Africa, from the 23 to 24 April where the winners of the Third African Climate Award will be crowned. The conference is focusing on mainstreaming CSA in Africa’s national development plans through leveraging policy frameworks. The conference will share outputs from the FANRPAN CSA programme, identify an interface between CSA regional initiatives and national level CSA efforts, strengthen the region-wide CSA community of practice for concerted advocacy, and solicit policy recommendations for advocating for CSA policies at regional and national Level. Representatives from a number of organisations including Dr Lewis Hove from FAO, Dr James Kinyangi from CCAPS, Marion Lima and Leisa Perch, and representatives from the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and the East African farmers Forum (EAFF) will be presenting on various CSA related subjects such as CSA regional policies and gender, research initiatives on CSA, accessing CSA and climate change finance. Two site visits are planned commercial development farm and an experimental rice and water conservation projectRead more

The latest good practice case studies


Good Practice: Spekboom (or bacon tree if you want J) and carbon credits

Carbon sequestration is the process of removing CO2 from the atmosphere and thereby reducing the radiative forcing that is driving global warming and climate change. One way of achieving this is through photosynthesis. A plant particularly well adapted to this mechanism is spekboom, a succulent otherwise known as Portulacaria afra. Spekboom can switch between C3 and CAM photosynthetic pathways and so under optimum or drought conditions it can maintain high rates of photosynthesis. Over time these high photosynthetic rates lead to greater amounts of carbon sequestered in the soil. These rates are high enough to involve a number of national and regional governmental organisations in a public-private partnership that has registered for carbon credits under the Verified Carbon Standard. Initial funding was provided by national and regional government and further income has been received from private institutions with future income from the sale of carbon credits. Other outcomes of the project will be the rehabilitation of large tracts of degraded spekboom thicket with the concomitant improvement in ecosystem services in the area. Labour is sourced from the poorest local communities and thus the project also acts as an economic and social upliftment mechanism. Read more

Policy: African-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)

This document presents the strategic direction of RECP 2020 as an open-ended framework for increasing the use of renewable energies on the African continent through cooperation between Africa and the EU. The dominant aim is to increase access to modern energy sources and improve energy security by accelerating the availability of renewable energy on the African continent. It is expected that this will be a climate-resilient development pathway that will contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic and social development. RECP will be achieved through four strategies: (1) policy advisory services, (2) private sector cooperation, (3) project preparation and flagship investment projects, and (4) technology, innovation and capacity development. Between now and 2020, RECP intends to make a substantial contribution towards the Africa-Europe Energy Partnership (AEEP) targets. It is estimated that to achieve all the targets in AEEP will require € 20 billion from public-private partnerships and that € 300 million would be required between now and 2020 to achieve the RECP contribution to AEEP. Read more

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