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10th Africa Carbon Forum in Nairobi

German Environment Ministry supports several workshops and side events

April 2018 - The Africa Carbon Forum will take place as part of the first Africa Climate Week from 11 - 13 April 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya and will bring together private sector organizations, policymakers and public sector representatives to share experiences and knowledge on the international responses to climate change. The 10th Africa Carbon Forum (ACF) will focus on how engagement between State and non‐State actors can be further strengthened in the key sectors for Africa (energy, agriculture and households) with a particular focus on the role of future carbon markets to achieve enhanced climate action and meeting the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) in partnership with its collaborating institutions including GIZ, Climate Focus, UNFCCC and Perspectives is organizing several activities during the ACF. These activities are aimed at engaging partners in Africa to discuss key issues with regards to NDC implementation, the potential contribution of market-based approaches and how to support the institutional and policy frameworks within countries to achieve their climate goals.  Below you will find a brief description of the events supported by BMU.

Workshop "South-South collaboration for NDC implementation", Wednesday, 11 April 2018

This workshop will highlight the key role of South-South collaboration in supporting the implementation of NDCs in Africa, and also shed some light on some of the initiatives currently ongoing in the region in this respect. The workshop will be structured around a keynote presentation followed by a panel discussion. The workshop is organized by UNFCCC RCC Lomé, RCC Kampala, the World Bank, and the West African Alliance on Carbon Markets and Climate Finance (WA Alliance). Key expected outcomes of the workshop include the collection of data on ongoing initiatives for mapping purposes, mutual learning and recording of lessons learnt as well as planning for future engagements of the WA Alliance.

Side Event "Pilot Projects for Developing and Testing Article 6 Carbon Financing Mechanisms to Support Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the SADC Region", Thursday, 12 April 2018

The side event will present the results of the work carried out by GFA Consulting Group GmbH in cooperation with the UN Climate Change secretariat aiming at facilitating the use of carbon finance to leverage the capital market. Finance can be provided in the context of national or regional Cooperative Action programs for the energy sector including financing instruments, climate finance, result-based finance and/or market-based approaches for driving ambition in the region. One project addresses the energy losses in the power grid caused by industrial electricity consumers due to the low power factor in Sub-Saharan Africa. The second project uses the newly calculated Grid Emission Factor (GEF) for the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) as a basis for the development of climate/carbon finance instruments for increasing renewable energy generation capacities in the SAPP member countries. It demonstrates how existing baseline methodologies can be applied for results-based finance of regional programs with regard to additionality or definition of MRV procedures.

Workshop "Preparing Africa for the Article 6 of the Paris Agreement: a role for the West African Alliance on Carbon Markets and Climate Finance", Friday, 13 April 2018

The workshop focuses on Africa’s preparedness for the implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and the level of support that can be mobilized to that end. Furthermore, it aims at showcasing the activities of the WA Alliance. The workshop will be structured around high-level presentations and a panel discussion and is targeted at African country representatives and development partners. The objective of the workshop is to facilitate an open dialogue and foster action to ensure a smooth and quick implementation of Article 6 instruments in Africa.

Workshop "Enhancing climate action in Africa; defining the needs and priorities for the region in the transition from Kyoto to Paris Agreement ", Friday, 13 April 2018

This workshop aims to engage Designated National Authorities (DNAs) and UNFCCC focal points from Africa to discuss the needs and priorities regarding the use of economic or market-based  instruments to support countries in implementing their NDCs. The workshop is organised by the Global Carbon Market initiative, GIZ Uganda, BMU, UNFCCC and RCC Kampala. It is expected that the workshop will increase the levels of understanding regarding the roles of DNAs in the transition period from Kyoto to Paris, identify specific capacity gaps in line with the use of market instruments under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and draw experiences from regional collaboration to support countries in meeting their climate mitigation objectives.

Side-Event "The role of programmatic approaches for Article 6 mechanisms and results-based climate finance in Africa", Friday, 13 April 2018

The side event discusses how programmatic approaches originating from the CDM can inform both the ongoing negotiations on the rulebook for the Paris Agreement Article 6 and results-based climate finance. The event, organized by the PoA Working Group, provides an analysis of the current state of UNFCCC negotiations on Article 6 regarding the role of programmatic approaches, taking into account the experience with PoAs in Africa: How can the upscaling potential of registered PoAs be mobilized? And which lessons can PoAs offer for future scaled-up crediting mechanisms under the Paris Agreement?

In addition to the official program, several meetings have been organized for the West African Alliance on Carbon Markets and Climate Finance with development partners to explore opportunities for synergies and cooperation. These meetings are organized by the Alliance’s partners who include the West African Development Bank (BOAD), UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Centre Lomé, Enda Energie, BMU and Climate Focus. The West African Alliance will also bring together its partners to review progress planned activities in 2018. In addition, the West African Alliance’s Technical Committee shall hold a meeting to evaluate proposals from member countries on Article 6 readiness support.

Furthermore, a meeting shall be held to discuss the concept note of the East African Alliance on Carbon Markets and Climate Finance. The meeting aims to discuss the concept draft of the East African alliance with government officials and UNFCCCC focal points from the East African countries, gain buy-in from regional countries, and discuss operational aspects, which include the structure, membership, role of the East African Community (EAC) and regional institutions, participation of member states, proposed activities and specific areas for technical assistance. The meeting is organized by the East African Community secretariat (EAC), the Global Carbon Market initiative, GIZ Uganda, BMU and Climate Focus.