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Africa Climate Week 2022 begins in Gabon


Africa Climate Week 2022 begins in Gabon

Africa Climate Week
Africa Climate Week kicks off in Gabon – Photo: Basile Ouedraogo/WaterAid

Following Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week held last month in the Dominican Republic, African governments and partner organizations like the UN Development Program, the UN Environment Program and the World Bank Group will meet to discuss lasting responses to climate challenges in Africa. 

As the effects of climate change continue to worsen, Africa has emerged as a key player in curbing greenhouse gas emissions, restoring degraded lands, and protecting biodiversity through initiatives like the Great Green Wall (GGW) and the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative. The region has also led the charge in sustainable land management, committing to almost half of global restoration strategies.

Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 27), expect the meetings at Africa Climate Week 2022 to continue to emphasize current successes in land restoration strategies and to also turn their attention to developing renewable energy capacity. In order to offset global CO2 emissions, of which Africa contributes the least of any continent, expect African governments to develop strategies to harness renewable energy resources. Solar power hold enormous potential especially in North and Central Africa as Africa aims to position itself as a net exporter of clean energy to Europe in the long-term. 

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