SSN Events at COP23 Bonn

Ethiopia receives $50 million ‘direct access’ support from GCF

The Green Climate Fund’s (GCF) 18th Board meeting in Cairo has approved Africa’s largest GCF direct access proposal. The Ethiopian Government’s $50m climate resilience proposal focuses on sustained provision of water for potable and productive use, including the use of solar energy to power the water pumps, and improved land use management to increase ground water recharge and soil nutrient content. It is intended to change the livelihoods of more than 1 million people in highly vulnerable communities.

WEBINAR: Global Challenges Research Fund: Guidance for developing country applicants

Monday 25 September 2017 12:00 – 12:45 UK (GMT+1)

Register here for the webinar

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a five-year £1.5 billion funding stream, which forms part of the UK’s commitment to support cutting-edge research that addresses the problems faced by developing countries.


READ: SSN’s Nkulumo Zinyengere’s interview on climate-smart agriculture

In this interview Dr Zinyengere explains the primary challenges of implementing climate smart agriculture in Southern Africa and the key players that can help to overcome them.

Read the article here

WATCH: A documentary detailing the work of the Duiwenhoks Conservancy

Situated close to the Duiwenhoks river in the Eden District of the Western Cape, is a small village called Vermaaklikheid. The landscape surrounding the village used to be pristine limestone fynbos. It is now heavily infested with rooikraans (acacia cyclops) which has a negative impact on all aspects of biodiversity, as well as being a fire hazard and reducing water flow from springs. In partnership with SouthSouthNorth, the Duiwenhoks Conservancy raised funding from the Global Environment Facility to support a number of conservation projects within the village.

These projects include:

  • The clearing of invasive alien plants and harvesting of firewood
  • A community vegetable garden
  • The harvesting of thatching reed

The goal of these projects is to create jobs and income for local residents, conserve the natural environment and to support a functioning community. This short documentary tells the story of Abie and James and the work done on these projects, in the village of Vermaaklikheid.

Watch the documentary here

READ: CDKN OUTLOOK: Kenya Special Edition

This edition of  Climate and Development Outlook explores how CDKN has supported climate compatible development in Kenya and also features news of the new CDKN office in Kenya, guide to state-of-the-art climate science, mobilising finance for climate action and working with Kenya’s private sector

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