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In 2020, countries have the opportunity to take more ambitious action on climate change by updating their climate plans (Nationally Determined Contributions or NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. A new guidance paper by WWF US provides recommendations on how countries can integrate nature-based solutions in these national climate plans. [more...]

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FILM: Clean, reliable power for Africa: The potential for mini-grids

This short film highlights the potential of mini-grids to address the energy challenges in rural Africa, while tackling the global challenge of climate change. [more]…

FEATURE: SARUA publishes results of its regional climate change mapping study

A new knowledge framework by the Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) highlights opportunities for universities to work together for the benefit of climate compatible development in the region. Read more about the mapping studies in each Southern African country. [more]…

Country pilot studies for Future Climate for Africa programme

CDKN is commissioning a series of pilot case studies across sub-Saharan Africa. [more]…

FEATURE: Building university leadership for climate compatible development in Southern Africa

A new CDKN-supported project is mapping the current state of climate compatible development research, teaching and learning within Southern Africa. The study will provide the basis for building a regional scientific knowledge network between Southern African universities to benefit the region’s response to climate change. [more]…

FEATURE: Powering Southern Africa - the future of hydro in the Zambezi River Basin

CDKN is supporting a study on the impact of climate change and upstream irrigation development on hydropower in the Zambezi River Basin. Most of the northern SADC countries already rely primarily on hydropower, and this will increase in the future. However, many of these countries are also periodically under water stress during drought, while the water demand continues to grow, largely due to major irrigation investments. [more]…

FEATURE: Climate change action is happening on the ground

As CoP-17 draws to a close, Neil Bird looks at the myriad actions against climate change already taking place in the poorest countries. These actions will continue apace whatever the outcome of the negotiations. [more]…