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Fourth Africa Carbon Forum
Highlights for Thursday, 19 April 2012
 
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The fourth Africa Carbon Forum continued its discussions today on carbon market issues at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Today’s sessions included Plenary sessions on promotion of low carbon development (LCD) strategies and nationally appropriate mitigation activities (NAMAs), as well as low carbon energy access in Africa, together with two Round Table discussions on finding the right match for public and private financing of NAMAS and innovative financial instruments for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Two Workshops were conducted on how suppressed demand can aid energy access improvement and pilot NAMAs experiences in Africa, and participants voiced their opinions in a combined Policy Dialogue session on the future of carbon markets and CDM in policy context. The day started with two Training Sessions on coordinating/managing entity training for Programme of Activity (PoA) coordinators under the CDM as well as carbon and sustainable agriculture land management. Four Side Events were also convened throughout the day.
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  View of the UN Conference Center atrium.  
 
 
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Promoting LCDS and NAMAs
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Kai-Uwe Schmidt, World Bank, moderated the Plenary session on "Promotng LCDs and NAMAs".

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William Kojo Agyemang-Bonsu, UNFCCC, said NAMAs are a building block in the climate change discussions.

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Wondwossen Sintayehu, Director, Ethiopia Environmental Protection Authority, said emissions will rise without a legally-binding instrument.

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Tom Morton, Managing Director, ClimateCare, stressed the need to decouple economic growth from (GHG) emissions growth.

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L-R: William Kojo Agyemang-Bonsu, UNFCCC; Wondwossen Sintayehu, Director, Ethiopia Environmental Protection Authority; Kai-Uwe Schmidt, World Bank; and Tom Morton, Managing Director, ClimateCare

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Michéle Maynard, Center for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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Joseph Essondoh-Yeddu, Energy Commission, Ghana
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Martin Gauss, Kommunal Kredit

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Philip Gwage, LDC Environment Centre, Uganda

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Abderrahim Haidar, Office National d'Eléctrcité, Morocco

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Rekha Singh, URS Verification Private Ltd., India

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Meseret Teklemariam Zemedkun, UNEP

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Karen Holm Olsen, UNEP Risoe Centre

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Round Table: Finding the right match for public and
private financing of NAMAs
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L-R: Abbas Salum Kitogo, KfW Development Bank; William Kojo Agyemang-Bonsu, UNFCCC; Ash Sharma, Vice President, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), and Rupert Edwards, Managing Director, Climate Change Capital

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Participants attending the Round Table session on NAMAs.

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Workshop: Supressed demand - improving access to
energy services in Africa
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Richard Tembo, Chinansi Foundation, stressed the link between lack of energy access and access to critical health services.

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Morten Pedersen, NIRAS, presented on the facilitation of electricity and energy generation.

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Participants attending the Workshop on suppressed demand.

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Low Carbon Energy Access in Africa
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L-R: Neeraj Prasad, World Bank; Youba Sokona, African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC); John O'Brien, UN Development Programme (UNDP); and Lutengano Mwakahesya, Director-General, Rural Energy Agency, Tanzania

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Neeraj Prasad, World Bank, spoke about the energy access challenges for Africa.

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Youba Sokona, ACPC, stressed the importance of policy innovation and indigenous technology development.

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John O'Brien, UNDP, said that current market conditions deter the flow of investments in the carbon market.

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Innovative Financial Instruments for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects
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L-R: Françoise d'Estais, UNEP; Bobby Namiti, PPL International; and Manojeet Pal, African Development Bank

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L-R: Jorund Buen, Co-founder, Differ; and Abiy Ashenafi, Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre

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Pilot NAMAs for Africa - sharing experiences
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Samira Elkhamlichi, World Bank

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Daniel Tutu Benefoh, Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana

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Miriam Hinostroza, UNEP Risoe Centre

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L-R: Edwin Aalders, DNV KEMA Energy and Sustainability; Samira Elkhamlichi, World Bank; Marc Andre Marr, Perspectives GmbH; Miriam Hinostroza, UNEP Risoe Centre; and Daniel Tutu Benefoh, Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana

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Policy Dialogue Sessions: Future of Carbon Markets and
CDM in Policy Context
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L-R: Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe, Panel Adviser, High-Level Panel on the CDM Dialogue; and Crispian Olver, Chief Panel Adviser, CDM Policy Dialogue

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View on the Policy Dialogue Session discussing the "Future of Carbon Markets" and "CDM in Policy Context".

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Side Events
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View of the Side Event on "Harnessing Carbon Market Opportunities in Africa".

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View of the Side Event on "Investing in development, mitigating climate change - Tools and Instruments to foster CDM in African LDCs".

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Exhibition
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Participants checking out the African Development Bank booth.

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