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Fourth Africa Carbon Forum
Highlights for Wednesday, 18 April 2012
 
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The fourth Africa Carbon Forum opened today at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Forum is a trade fair and knowledge-sharing event focusing on carbon investments in Africa. It provides a platform for discussions regarding the latest developments in the carbon market and to identify means by which the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and other mitigation mechanisms can be successfully applied in Africa. Today’s sessions consisted of opening ceremonies, including the launch of the CDM Loan Scheme, Plenary sessions focusing on the Durban Platform and the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, a Round Table discussion on Program of Activities (PoAs) and scaled-up mitigation actions, a Workshop on CDM standardized baselines, Policy Dialogue sessions on the impact of the CDM in Africa and CDM governance, and Training Sessions on accessing the CDM Loan Scheme and reporting on co-benefits.
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  Bird's eye view of the opening plenary of the fourth Africa Carbon Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  
 
 
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OPENING PLENARY
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Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, Director-General, Environmetal Protection Authority (EPA), Ethiopia, opened the Plenary and welcomed participants to Ethiopia.

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John Kilani, Director, Sustainable Development Mechanism, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), on behalf of Christina Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, launched the CDM Loan Scheme.

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More than 600 participants packed the main conference room for the opening of the fourth Africa Carbon Forum.

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Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, Director-General, EPA, being interviewed by local media.

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L-R: Angela Churie Kallhauge, Swedish Energy Agency; Manojeet Pal, African Development Bank; and Uche Duru, African Development Bank

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Launch of the CDM Loan Scheme
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John Christensen, Director, UN Environment Programme Risoe Centre, elated that the Forum was the best attended meeting in Africa to date.

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Philipp Von Waechter, Community Grants Advisor, UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), reminded participants to submit CDM loan applications in a timely manner.

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Introduction of the CDM Policy Dialogue
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L-R: Njogu Morgan, Panel Adviser, CDM Policy Dialogue; Crispian Olver, Chief Panel Adviser, CDM Policy Dialogue; Pedro Martius Barata, Lead Consultant, CDM Policy Dialogue; Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe, Panel Adviser, High-Level Panel on the CDM Dialogue; Bill Farmer, Project Developer, Uganda Carbon; and Tenaw Hailu, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance

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Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe, Panel Adviser, High-Level Panel on the CDM Dialogue, invited all to participate in the Policy Dialogue sessions.

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Bill Farmer, Chairman, Uganda Carbon Bureau, said the CDM is getting into stride.

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The Durban Platform -post 2020 architecture
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L-R: Kurt Lonsway, Environment and Climate Change Division, African Development Bank; Henry Derwent, President and CEO, International Emmissions Trading Association (IETA); H.E. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa; Mounkaila Goumandakoye, Regional Director for Africa, UNEP; and Jean Bakole, Representative for Ethiopia and Reginal Director, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

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Henry Derwent, President and CEO, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), emphasized the importance of private sector engagement in developing and implementing climate change commitments.

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Mounkaila Goumandakoye, Regional Director for Africa, UNEP, outlined key outcomes of UNFCCC COP-17.

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H.E. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa, applauded the efforts of the international community in adopting the Durban Platform for Enhnaced Action.

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The Second Commitment Period of the Kyoto Protocol:
The future for CDM in Africa?
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L-R: John Kilani, Director, Sustainable Development Mechanism, UNFCCC; Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, Director-General, EPA; Durando Ndongsok, Managing Director, S2; Enoch Lerato Liphoto, Climate Change Senior Advisor, Eskom; Adam Simcock, CEO, Carbon Check; and Martin Hession, Executive Board Vice-Chair, UNFCCC

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Durando Ndongsok, Managing Director, S2

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Adam Simcock, CEO, Carbon Check

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Martin Hession, Executive Board Vice-Chair, UNFCCC

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Training Sessions
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Training session on how to access the CDM Loan Scheme.

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The Training Session reporting on co-benefits, moderated by UNEP Risoe.

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Round Table: PoAs and scaled up mitigation actions
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View on the Round Table session on PoAs.

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Workshop: CDM Standardized Baselines - from policy developments to application in Africa
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View of the Workshop session on Standardized Baselines moderated by UNEP Risoe.

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CDM Policy Dialogue Sessions
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View of the Policy Dialogue Session that focused on the impact of CDM in Africa with regards to sustainable development and emissions reductions.

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View of the CDM Policy Dialogue Session that address stakeholder experiences and lessons learned in the CDM project cycles.

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Side Events
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View of the Side Event on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and New Market Mechanisms in the MENA Region organized by GIZ

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View of the Side Event organized by the Swedish Energy Agency, where it outlined initiatives in building capacity in the carbon market in Africa and presented lessons learned and opportunities for further capacity engagement in the region.

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Exhibitions
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