The 4th Africa Carbon Forum (ACF),opened its doors this week to more than 1,000 registered participants from across the world to foster a discussion on climate change and carbon finance in Africa.The message resonating this year from the Forum is that Africa represents a golden opportunity for a green future.“The vast potential represented by African countries in the fight against climate change cannot be underestimated,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
She continued: “The Africa Carbon Forum is where potential projects and developers and funders can meet, exchange ideas, and – it is hoped – take the concrete steps toward greening Africa’s future.”
This three-day forum has been described by participants of previous ACFs as “the one ‘unmissable’ event for doing carbon business in Africa.”The ACF’s aim is to share knowledge on carbon markets and green technologies in Africa. The conference includes presentations by experts in the field as well as workshops that allow for a dialogue among policymakers, project developers, and investors on topics such as the future of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Africa, climate-smart agriculture, public–private partnerships, and project funding on the continent.
Africa has enormous potential for sustainable, climate-friendly development, with an abundance of renewable energy resources to satisfy future energy needs. Despite this, Africa continues to face enormous obstacles to investment and lags behind other parts of the world in taking advantage of carbon finance to develop climate friendly projects and to encourage the transfer of cutting edge technologies and know-how.The continent has the potential to make a significant impact on mitigating climate change through its extensive forest resources. To achieve this, more investment is needed for low carbon projects. CDM is in the process of standardization to simplify the rules for low income countries. These topics, among others, are being discussed at the Forum.
The Forum is organised under the Nairobi Framework, an initiative launched to help developing countries, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, to increase their participation in the CDM.The organizing partners of this year’s Africa Carbon Forum include the African Development Bank, the African Climate Policy Centre, theInternational Emissions Trading Association, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme, the UNFCCC, and the World Bank. The Ethiopian Environmental Protection Agency also supports the Forum