East and Southern Africa Katoomba Group
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April 17, 2010

FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Katoomba Members,
 
 Welcome everyone from Easter holidays. Apologies for the delayed posting of this edition of the East and Southern Africa Katoomba Group e-newsletter.  

Our newsletter aims to keep our readers aware of the latest news and events relating to payments for ecosystem services (PES) around the world. We welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions, including any articles that you may wish to share with our readers. Please send them by e-mail to snamirembe@forest-trends.org


Yours sincerely,
 
Sara Namirembe

Coordinator, Katoomba Incubator, East and Southern Africa 

    

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. ESA Katoomba News

2. New PES Related News from the Region

3. News from Across the Ocean

4. Other Related News

5. Upcoming Events

6. Resources & Tools

7. New Publications

ESA Katoomba News

REDD SITES SELECTED FOR TANZANIA FOREST CONSERVATION GROUP/ MJUMITA

The Katoomba Incubator in collaboration with TFCG developed site selection criteria and used them to select Kilosa (Eastern Arc Mountains) and Lindi Rural (Coastal Forests) Districts for implementing the project “Making REDD work for Communities and Forest Conservation in Tanzania” 

For more information please contact the Coordinator, Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator, East and Southern Africa at snamirembe@forest-trends.org  

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NEMA UGANDA, & OTHER CSO PARTNERS TO TEST EFFECTIVENESS OF PAYMENT OF ECOSYSTEM SERVICES PROJECT

Developing an Experimental Methodology for Testing the Effectiveness of Payments for Ecosystem Services to Enhance Conservation in Productive Landscapes in Uganda is a project that will focus on an area of private and communal land between the Budongo and Bugoma forest reserves in Hoima District.  It will be rewarding 400 land owners with average forest sizes of 1.15 ha (totaling 460 ha) for expanding their forest cover to an average of 1.5 ha (building up to 600 ha).  Katoomba Group ESA is a key partner mainly in charge of strengthening capacity for PES. 

For more information please contact the Coordinator, Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator, East and Southern Africa at snamirembe@forest-trends.org  


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VIDEO CONFERENCE AMONG AFRICAN FCPF GRANTEES

A video conference was convened on April 9, 2010 by the World Bank (Global Development Learning Network) under its Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) to facilitate sharing of experience and progress in the development of the Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP).  Participating countries included Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Liberia.


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ugandareddwg/


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New PES Related News from the Region

GABES LAUNCHES ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT TO CURB SULFUR EMISSIONS

After a period of reckless industrial development, the city of Gabes (Tunisia), which is home to one of the world’s most unique coastal oasis, is currently involved in a series of environmental projects. The project which will involve a total cost of 600,000 dinars, will include fighting against sulfur induced air pollution in and around the Gabes harbor, setting up of a new unit to reduce Ammonia emissions in Ghannouch and planting of 6,000 trees per year.

http://www.tunisiaonlinenews.com/?p=34568


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AFDB TO LAUNCHES ITíS FIRST CLEAN ENERGY BOND

The African Development Bank (AfDB), has launched a Clean Energy bond, denominated in New Zealand dollars, to be offered to Japanese retail investors. The issuance is arranged by Mizuho International plc and will be distributed by Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. 

Under its Clean Energy for Development Investment Framework, the African Development Bank supports its African member countries in three specific ways: First, by encouraging countries to mainstream clean energy options into national development plans and energy planning. Second, by promoting investment in clean energy, e.g., wind-power, hydropower, thermal power, smoke-free stoves, low-light technologies, and extending, improving, subsidizing and connecting national power grids. Third, by boosting energy access in Africa by using the huge energy potential of the continent and by addressing the need for a low-carbon economy. This maiden AfDB Clean Energy bond will offer investors the opportunity to participate in clean energy solutions through a highly rated institution. The net proceeds of the issue will, on a best efforts basis, be used to finance a portfolio of clean energy projects.    

http://www.afdb.org/en/news-events/article/african-development-bank-launches-its-clean-energy-bond-6400/


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News from Across the Ocean

BRAZIL, U.S. SIGN AGREEMENT TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed on 4 March 2010 in Brasilia a memorandum of understanding on cooperation regarding climate change.  Its purpose is "to strengthen and coordinate the efforts of the parties to address climate change effectively in the context of sustainable economic growth, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”  The agreement also establishes a new Policy Dialogue on Climate Change between the two governments on uniting efforts and promoting cooperation in increasing energy efficiency, renewable sources of energy, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), adaptation mechanisms and scientific research.

http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90852/6908618.html


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Other Related News

IMF FLOATS CLIMATE CHANGE FUND IDEA

The International Monetary Fund is planning to raise money for climate change initiatives through a new quota-based fund, the U.K. Press Association reports. Adopting the current quota system used by IMF, countries pay an amount into the climate change fund roughly based on the size of their economies. 

"We all know that (carbon taxes and other fundraising methods) will take time and we don't have this time. So we need something which looks like an interim solution, which will bridge the gap between now and the time when those carbon taxes will be big enough to solve the problem," Mr Strauss-Kahn said. 

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5jV_6_1m27txFgk7Fpv22dUyZM2Ug


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CLIMATE CHANGE-HOLISTIC APPROACH TO EFFECTS ADVOCATED IN NIGERIA

A Non Governmental Organization (NGO), Human and Environmental Development Agenda, (HEDA), called on all stakeholders in agriculture, food security and environmental safety to network and campaign towards combating and mitigating potential impacts of climate change on food security in Nigeria.  It recommended development of a framework for investigating, analysing and documenting the impact of climate change on food production in the country focusing on models and mechanisms best suited for small-scale and subsistence farmers (crops, fishing and live stock production, processing and distribution sectors).


http://allafrica.com/stories/201002110577.html


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Upcoming Events

ESEA CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR ABSTRACTS- CLIMATE CHANGE

May 19-21, 2010.  Nairobi, Kenya

The Ecological Society for Eastern Africa (ESEA) will host its 3rd Regional Scientific Conference at Multi Media University, Nairobi, Kenya. The theme for the Conference is: “Climate Change and Natural Resource use in Eastern Africa: Impacts, adaptations and mitigation.”


ESEA seeks to promote sustainable development through wise use of the natural resources for prosperity of the people of Eastern Africa. This will be achieved through high quality research, education, technological innovations, information and resource sharing. ESEA also coordinates the collation and dissemination of information on ecology, natural resource management and biodiversity conservation in eastern Africa.
 

http://www.ecsea.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=133&Itemid=3


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14TH MEETING OF THE SUBSIDIARY BODY ON SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL, AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVICE,

May 10 – 21, 2010. Nairobi, Kenya


The theme of the poster session for the fourteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical, and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is: "Biodiversity and Climate Change: Achieving the 2020 Targets". Posters and extended abstracts are being accepted on case studies and best practices on how measures to address climate change and biodiversity loss can be mutually supportive in achieving the new strategic plan of the CBD. 


http://www.cbd.int/doc/notifications/2010/ntf-2010-026-sbstta14-en.pdf

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WORKSHOP ON FOREST GOVERNANCE, DECENTRALISATION AND REDD IN LATIN AMERICA

August 31 - September 03, 2010, Mexico City

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), with a number of government collaborators, are organizing a workshop with participants from government, development and environmental NGOs and local community and indigenous peoples representatives to discuss regional perspectives on REDD and develop a better understanding of how decentralization and forest governance contribute to sustainable management of forests. The results are expected to feed into the 9th session of the UN Forum on Forests. CIFOR is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).


http://www.cifor.cgiar.org/Events/CIFOR/decentralisation-redd.htm  

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Resources & Tools

NEW AND IMPROVED TOOL TO MONITOR DEFORESTATION AND DEGRADATION IN TROPICAL FORESTS GETS HUGE BOOST

A new and improved tool to monitor deforestation and degradation in tropical forests has just gotten a huge boost. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology with a $1.6-million grant to expand and improve CLASLite (The Carnegie Landsat Analysis System Lite), a new, user-friendly method that enables even the smallest governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to map tropical forests from their desktops. The technology will rapidly advance deforestation and degradation mapping in Latin America, and will help rain forest nations better monitor their changing carbon budgets


http://www.azocleantech.com/details.asp?NewsID=4129

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RISK MANAGEMENT TOOL RELEASED TO SUSTAIN FORESTRY

PricewaterhouseCoopers and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development have released a risk management tool to help financial institutions support sustainable forestry .The Sustainable Forest Finance Toolkit provides a "comprehensive framework for financial institutions" which allows companies to "proactively address forest loss and illegal logging activities when considering loan application". "The challenge to the financial sector is in developing consistent and effective policies, implementation and monitoring procedures for sustainable forestry and the toolkit provide the first framework to support this challenge."

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Resources/Energy-saving-news/Climate-change2/PwC-helps-tackle-deforestation6/(energysavingtrust)/529358


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NIGERIA TO LAUNCH CLIMATE CHANGE INDEX INSURANCE FOR FARMERS

This climate-based insurance tool will provide poor farmers and other vulnerable groups with measures to cope with climate variability and change. Insurance could help the poor deal with the risks they face on daily basis. Index insurance on the other hand, can resolve a number of problems that make traditional insurance unworkable in rural parts of developing countries. Unlike micro insurance where payouts are based on indemnity or losses, index insurance is an attractive alternative for managing climate risk because it uses a weather index, such as rainfall, to determine payouts.

http://www.news.dailytrust.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15431:climate-change-index-insurance-for-farmers&catid=34:environment&Itemid=30


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New Publications

ITTO TROPICAL FOREST UPDATE-VOLUME 19, NO 2. OWNING AFRICAíS FORESTS (ITTO, FEBRUARY 2010)

The International Tropical Timber Organization has published a special edition of its newsletter, Tropical Forest update reporting on the International Conference on Forest tenure, Governance and Enterprise


http://www.rightsandresources.org/documents/files/doc_1411.pdf


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WATER, WETLANDS AND FORESTS: A REVIEW OF ECOLOGICAL, ECONOMIC AND POLICY LINKAGES. (CBD TECHNICAL SERIES NO. 47, MARCH 2010)

This report of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was produced in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and other partners. It aims to foster better awareness of the crucial role that forests and wetlands play in sustaining the availability and quality of water critical for human well-being. 


http://www.cbd.int/doc/publications/cbd-ts-47-en.pdf


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