East and Southern Africa Katoomba Group
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May 10, 2010

FROM THE EDITOR

Dear Katoomba Members,


Welcome to the April 2010 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 email to snamirembe@forest-trends.org


Yours sincerely,


Sara Namirembe

Coordinator, Katoomba 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

UGANDA KICKS OFF THE NATIONAL REDD PREPAREDNESS PROCESS

Uganda has convened the first Working Group meeting for REDD preparedness under the support of World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.  Plans for national, regional and special-groups consultations are underway.  Katoomba ESA will play a key role in the drafting of the R-PP.

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MANAGING THE EQUITY-EFFICIENCY-EFFECTIVENESS TRADE-OFF IN PES

 

A CARE/UNEP workshop on Equitable Payments for Ecosystem Services conducted on April 14-16 2010 in Nairobi, sought to share experiences and lessons in the achievement of equitable approaches in the payment for ecosystem services (mainly carbon, biodiversity and watershed).  Discussions with implementers of PES projects in Eastern Africa and Asia dwelt on how trade-offs in terms of efficiency and effectiveness were managed.  Katoomba ESA had a great learning and sharing experience during this workshop.

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FORESTRY, BIOMASS & SUSTAINABILITY 2010

Forest Trends and Ecosystem Marketplace are pleased to be supporting Forestry, Biomass & Sustainability taking place in London on 13 & 14 May.  For this event Environmental Finance Publications has gathered together leading industry experts to provide you with a full analysis of the latest developments in policy, economics and financing of forestry and biomass projects, so that you can identify new investment opportunities and risks in these rapidly growing markets.



http://www.environmental-finance.com/events/view/5

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New PES Related News from the Region

UN-REDD FUNDS FOR BOLIVIA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO AND ZAMBIA

The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board in its fourth meeting, 18-19 March 2010, in Nairobi, approved US$14.7 million in funding for national UN-REDD programmes in Bolivia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. This decision brings the total amount of funding for UN-REDD national programmes to US$48.3 million. The Board also approved an additional US$3.8 million for global programme activities that will fund measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) activities, and support indigenous people/civil society engagement on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).


http://www.un-redd.org/NewsCentre/Policy_Board_four_Press_release/tabid/3545/ language/en-US/Default.aspx

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ZAMBIA RAISES OVER US $1 MILLION FROM CARBON EMISSION TAX IN 2010

Mr. Muyangwa, the Zambia Revenue Authority Commissioner for Customs said that the Road Transport and Safety Agency acting on behalf of the Zambia Revenue Agency collected US$1.2 million in carbon emission taxes in January for cars using designated roads in the country. He said that in addition, the Zambia Revenue Authority collected US$382,000 at border points on new cars entering the country during the same period.


http://steelguru.com/news/metals_news/MTM4NTk0/ Zambia_rose_USD_1_million_in_carbon_emission_tax_at_2010_-_Mr_Muyangwa.html

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UN, MALAWI SIGN CLIMATE CHANGE MANAGEMENT PROJECT DEAL

Malawi, UN Development Programme (UNDP) and other donor partners on April 9, 2010 signed the formulation phase project document for managing climate change in the country, which will cost nearly US$4,152,399 (MWK 2 billion). Development Planning and Cooperation Minister Abbie Marambika Shawa said his government had included climate change, natural resources and environment management as one of the key priority areas in its development agenda.


http//www.africaclimatesolution.org/news.php?id

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News from Across the Ocean

GLOBAL SIGN-ON CAMPAIGN AGAINST SCHEMES FOR REDD

As part of a mounting global civil society criticism of ineffective and unjust solutions to climate change – including carbon trading and geo-engineering – representatives of peoples’ movements and independent organizations oppose the schemes for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) currently being formulated under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – and already piloted in schemes such as the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and the United Nations REDD Programme. They say the proposed UN climate negotiator’s ‘forest deal’ jeopardizes the human future by serving to further entrench fossil fuel use – the major cause of the climate crisis – while at the same time failing to safeguard the future of forests and the rights of Indigenous People and forest-dependent communities over their territories and knowledge. They say there is a clear disregard from Northern countries to address the high levels of consumption in those countries as a driver of deforestation and warn that the projected growth of carbon markets in the US, Australia and elsewhere is set to trigger a huge new demand for imported pollution rights to allow industrialized countries and industries to continue business as usual and avoid emissions cuts at home.


http://www.durbanclimatejustice.org/press-releases/durban-statement-on-redd.html

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LATIN AMERICAN INDIGENOUS FORUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE RESULTS

Regional and sub regional networks of indigenous peoples in Latin America under the Latin American Indigenous Forum on Climate Change, met in San José, Costa Rica, March 29-31, 2010, to critically analyze the solutions proposed by governments to address the effects of climate change and agree on a unified political position in readiness for the December 2010 COP 16 on Climate Change in Mexico. The Forum included The Central American Indigenous Council (CICA), the Indian Mesoamerican Council (ICMA), the International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests, the Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA), Indigenous Women's Network on Biodiversity, the Continental Network of Indigenous Women Region South America, the Indian Chair traveling and the International Forum of Indigenous Women.



http://www.pej.org/html/modules.php?op

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INDIGENOUS LEADERS CONSERVATION FELLOWSHIP

The Indigenous Leaders Conservation Fellowship is sponsored by Conservation International to create opportunities for leaders and scholars from indigenous and traditional peoples communities and organizations to explore solutions to the impacts of climate change and the threats to ecosystems and biodiversity that are affecting their lands, communities and livelihoods.


The program will focus on supporting the fellow’s research and demonstration of the contribution of traditional knowledge in adapting to climate change and maintaining healthy ecosystems, and how that knowledge can work with science and new technologies to influence policy and action.


The deadline for this application is June 11th, 2010. Please e-mail the application below to indigenousfellow@conservation.org along with your CV, a nomination letter from your sponsoring community/organization, and a letter explaining your interest in the fellowship and how your work will contribute to the community.

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Other Related News

CSO REPRESENTATIVE REVIEWS UN-REDD AND WORLD BANK’S FOREST CARBON FACILITY

Global Witness, a non-governmental organization (NGO) representing civil society on the UN-REDD Policy Board, has submitted an assessment of the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Readiness-Preparation Proposals (R-PPs) and Joint Program Documents (JPDs) of the UN-REDD Programme.


Based on the R-PPs that were considered at the FCPF’s fifth Participants Committee meeting in Gabon, March 22-26, 2010, and the JPDs that were discussed at the Fourth Policy Board meeting in Kenya, March 18-19, 2010, the assessment examines how illegality and enforcement issues are addressed, the systems proposed to monitor REDD non-carbon benefits and impacts, and system(s) under consideration for independent monitoring. The assessment notes that the primary focus is on measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of carbon emissions and removals, but there is little detail on potential systems for monitoring governance and other non-carbon social and environmental benefits and impacts. It also advises that many of the proposed readiness activities will not immediately or directly reduce carbon emissions, and will need to be assessed in other terms. It recommends that the FCPF, UN-REDD Programme and the international community provide further guidance on non-carbon monitoring.


http://www.unredd.net/index.php?option

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SCIENTISTS HOLD CLIMATE TALKS IN KENYA

Scientists from 14 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa gathered in Nairobi, March 29, 2010, to address the role of sustainable agriculture, forestry and agro-forestry in the fight against climate change. The workshop, co-hosted by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the World Agro-forestry Centre, was expected to determine research priorities and the next steps for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) and agriculture in the region. The Africa Bio-Carbon initiative, led by COMESA, seeks to boost commitments and investments in sustainable agriculture, forestry and agro-forestry, so that rural communities can better adapt to a changing climate, as well as contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.



http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/Kenyanews/Scientists-hold-climate-talks-in-Kenya-7943.html

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ADDITIONAL FINANCING TO SUPPORT RENEWEABLE ENERGY PROJECTS FOR RURAL TANZANIA

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved an additional International Development Association (IDA) credit of US$25 million to Tanzania’s Energy Development and Access Expansion Project (TEDAP). This adds to the IDA credit of US$105 million and the Global Environment Facility grant of US$6.5 million originally approved for this project in December 2007.The project aims at improving the quality and efficiency of electricity service provision in the three main growth centers of Dar es Salaam, Arusha, and Kilimanjaro, and to establish a sustainable basis for energy access expansion and renewable energy development in Tanzania. The renewable energy development will contribute to global CO2 emissions reductions. 


http://imagebank.worldbank.org/

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Upcoming Events

TANZANIA FOREST CONSERVATION GROUP SECOND PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING

May 14, 2010
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The second biannual Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting to guide the project “Making REDD work for communities and Forest Conservation in Tanzania” by the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) in partnership with the Community Forest Conservation Network of Tanzania (MJUMITA) will take place on May 14th 2010 at Courtyard Hotel, Dar es Salaam. The 5-year (September 2009 to August 2014) project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in ways that provide direct and equitable incentives to communities to conserve and manage forests sustainably.

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL RESOURCE USE IN EASTERN AFRICA

May 19-21, 2010
Nairobi, Kenya

The Ecological Society for Eastern Africa (ESEA) proposes to bring together scientists, climate change experts, policy makers and implementers, communication agents, vulnerable communities and the general public in a meeting aimed at increasing awareness of climate-change vulnerabilities, impacts and targeted adaptation measures that can be applied in the region.


http://www.ecsea.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article &id=118:eseas-3rd-scientifc- conference-19th-21st-may-2010&catid=5:updates&Itemid=3

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GREEN BUSINESS AFRICA SUMMIT AND EXPO 2010

June 2-4, 2010
Nairobi, Kenya

The Green Business Africa Summit & Expo is Africa’s first flagship event that brings to the mainstream issues around sustainability in the business environment as well as green corporate social responsibility (CSR).  Policy makers and business executives in Africa and beyond are preparing to come together and shape the future of sustainable business and green CSR on the continent. The event is happening at the same time as the Nairobi Green Week.


http://www.greenbusinessafricaexpo.com/

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OSLO CLIMATE AND FOREST CONFERENCE

May 27, 2010
Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica, Oslo, Norway

The Oslo Climate and Forest Conference is aimed at establishing an interim partnership arrangement for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+) to ensure rapid implementation of a global coordinated effort to preserve the world’s tropical forests, in line with UNFCCC decisions.


The partnership is a voluntary, non-legally binding framework for the interim REDD+ Partnership, within which the Partners may develop and undertake collaborative REDD+ efforts. Any country wanting to contribute REDD+ actions or support is welcome to join. The partnership seeks to take immediate action, including improving the effectiveness, transparency and coordination of existing initiatives and financial instruments to increase knowledge transfer and enhance capacity.  It builds upon the pledge by six donor countries at COP 15 in Copenhagen to dedicate a total of about USD 3.5 billion as initial public finance over the 2010 to 2012 period.


http://www.oslocfc2010.no/

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Resources & Tools

FAO RELEASES EX-ANTE CARBON ACCOUNTING TOOL FOR AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released EX-ACT (EX-ante Appraisal Carbon-balance Tool), a land-based accounting tool that provides ex-ante measurements of the impacts of agriculture and forestry projects on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon sequestration. The tool requires project designers to compile: a general description of the project; the identification of changes in land use and technologies foreseen by project components using specific "modules" (deforestation, afforestation and reforestation, annual/perennial crops, rice cultivation, grasslands, livestock, inputs, energy); and the computation of carbon-balance with and without the project. EX-ACT was designed jointly by: FAO - Policy Assistance and Resource Mobilization Division, Investment Centre Division, and Agricultural Development and Economics Division.

http://www.fao.org/easypol/output/detail_event.asp?event_id

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New Publications

PROMOTING HIGH–LEVEL SUSTAINABLE GROWTH TO REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT IN AFRICA

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union Commission have published the 2010 Economic Report on Africa. The Report, which is published annually, highlights the economic impacts of climate change in the African region, among other topics. The Report states that due to the effects of climate change in the region, agricultural output is expected to decrease by 50%, which will result in severe undernourishment. It also highlights that the health burden and conflicts in the region will increase as a result of populations fighting over dwindling resources, and emphasizes the need for Africa to develop adaptation and mitigation strategies. Underlining that the costs of adaptation and mitigation are high and beyond the means of African countries, the Report calls on the international community to help in financing these strategies.


http://www.uneca.org/eca_resources/Publications/books/era2010/index.htm

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REDD, FOREST GOVERNANCE AND RURAL LIVELIHOODS: THE EMERGING AGENDA (CIFOR, APRIL 2010)

The report addresses how reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) initiatives are likely to interact with the interests of the local communities and indigenous groups. It examines the UNFCCC REDD negotiations and lessons from past experiences with forest management and land tenure, payments for environmental services, the Clean Development Mechanism and Voluntary Carbon Projects. Experiences are also presented based on pilot REDD projects and REDD readiness in Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Tanzania, Madagascar and Nepal.


http://www.cifor.cgiar.org/Knowledge/Publications/Detail?pid

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