Climate Focus organizes panel discussion at African Carbon Forum

Climate Focus organizes panel discussion at African Carbon Forum

The stakes at this year’s African Carbon Forum (ACF) are unusually high as environmental ministers of 30 African countries and the incoming chair of COP 21, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, are expected to attend and launch an African call for action. Based on the initiative of the UNFCCC’s Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, the ACF has been elevated to a serious stopover on the road to the Paris negotiations, where later this year a new global climate agreement is expected to emerge. Correspondingly, the traditional focus of the ACF on African carbon markets is cast in the light of the greater climate change commitments countries are preparing to put forward in the format of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). 

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Many of the sessions will examine the role carbon markets can play in meeting those commitments in various sectors. Amid these discussions Climate Focus hopes to promote the constructive dialogue around the creation of real demand for African carbon projects by organizing a panel discussion with African and European market negotiators. 

The event has been organized in the context of Climate Focus’ ongoing support to African negotiators in the UNFCCC negotiations on CDM reform led by Sandra Greiner.

Session Title: European-African Panel Discussion on Increasing Market Demand in Africa

Session description:
African countries and least-developed countries have received major efforts in CDM capacity building. They also enjoy preferential treatment under the third phase of the EU ETS. Yet, Africa continues to be last in reaping the benefits of carbon markets. The political will to improve regional distribution has not translated into a viable demand for credits from an increasing African pipeline. The panel will explore what more can be done in support of African GHG reduction projects pre and post 2020.

Date and time:
Monday, 13 April, 17:15 - 18:15

Moderator: Dirk Forrister, IETA

Speakers:
Andrew Howard (UNFCCC)
Thomas Forth (German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety)
Ulrika Raab (Swedish Energy Agency)
Giza Caspar Martins (Ministry of Environment, Angola)
Chebet Maikut (Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda)Khetsiwe Khumalo (Ministry of Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Swaziland)