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Why wetlands are so important for both nature and climate

World Wetlands Day reminds us how ecosystems like peatlands, mangroves and salt marshes are crucial to nature and the climate crisis. At December’s COP15 UN nature talks in Montreal, we saw a leap towards the effective conservation and restoration of wetlands everywhere. “Inland water” and coastal ecosystems were included into the text of the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) agreed by about 195 countries to halt and reverse biodiversity […]
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16 African Climate Change Startups Win Climate Accelerator Programme

Sixteen early-stage start-ups from 11 African countries have been selected to develop their ideas further through the Adaptation and Resilience (A&R) ClimAccelerator in Africa programme, the second African-wide accelerator to scale up climate solutions. The programme, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland (Irish Aid), will support the innovators to address the impacts of climate […]
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The whos and hows of allocating loss and damage funds

During the negotiations on funding for loss and damage in COP27 in Egypt last November, representatives of developed countries had a lot of reservations about such a proposal. Fortunately, the leaders of all the countries agreed to establish the funding mechanism at COP27 and also to set up a Transitional Committee to address the questions […]
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Developing Economies Need to Focus on Climate Action

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva, has stated that developing economies need to focus on climate action strategies, to close the gaps presented by the risk of policy-driven geo-economics fragmentation. She made the declaration in a recent blog where she highlighted the fact that emerging and developing economies are on […]
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What is the difference between climate mitigation and adaptation?

The climate crisis is increasingly distressing. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to ensure our future is as prosperous as possible. These actions fall into one of two broad categories: climate change adaptation and climate change mitigation. These terms go hand-in-hand while navigating through the climate crisis, but they mean very different things. […]
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Four actions to guide corporate efforts on nature

A recent report, Nature in the balance by McKinsey has noted that although the playbook for corporate engagement on nature is still in early development, some companies are starting to acknowledge dimensions of nature such as biodiversity loss. However, very few have set quantified targets, and those commitments vary. Given all the demands facing companies […]
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Time for companies to step up on net zero

A recent report from the CDP which supports firms to measure environmental impact, found that, despite a rapid increase in companies committing to climate targets in 2021, not a single one of the G7 countries has a corporate sector that is on track to make reductions in emission compatible with the 1.5C warming target. Therefore, the UN […]
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Loss and Damage Fund: Getting the details right for success

The UN Climate Change Conference, COP27, may come to be remembered for missed opportunities. For example, to progress commitments to limit temperature rise of 1.5C degrees; or strengthen language on reduction of fossil fuels use; or address the gap in adaptation efforts. But COP27 should also be deservingly remembered for its agreement on a historic […]
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KCIC Consulting joins the private sector to accelerate climate change adaptation efforts in Kenya

KCIC Consulting yesterday joined KEPSA to launch the Private Sector Strategy on Climate Change in Kenya. The Strategy has been developed as a national guide for the private sector to invest and implement climate change solutions at national and county levels in line with the reviewed Kenya’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). The Strategy prioritizes private […]
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The Journey Challenge: Breaking the loop of doubt on the use of timber in construction

PRESS RELEASE Nairobi, Tuesday, October 25 – Climate-KIC, in conjunction with KCIC Consulting Limited (KCL), launched the Wood Architect Rockstar program in Kenya yesterday. The Wood Architect Rockstars program is part of the Climate Smart Forest Economy Program (CSFEP), funded by the Good Energies Foundation. The program consists of the Journey challenge aimed at tackling […]
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Registration for wood architect program open

The two-week Journey Program in Nairobi, Kenya from Oct 24th – Nov 4th, 2022, will offer young professionals, graduates, engineers and architects a chance to discuss how wood can build better, quicker, and with higher quality. Billed as an opportunity to connect with the ‘doers and thinkers’ in the world of timber, the program is open […]
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Timber buildings can shrink construction’s carbon footprint

Tall timber buildings, made entirely of mass timber (layers of wood bonded together) or steel-timber and timber-concrete hybrid construction, are gaining popularity worldwide. Every couple of months a yet taller timber building seems to pop up somewhere. Last month for instance, an Australian developer, Thrive Construct, announced the world’s tallest steel-timber hotel in the country. However, for […]
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The Journey to COP27 – the African COP

Conference of Parties, COPs, are not an end in themselves but a meeting point to assess and define the road ahead. Indeed, the COP27, which is to be hosted in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh in November 2022, is positioned as an opportune moment for a different type of African COP given that Africa […]
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