Actors in the carbon markets will are meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to discuss climate change and carbon finance in Africa.

” The message resonating this year from Addis is that Africa represents a golden opportunity for a green future,” the organisers have said in a press release.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was quoted as saying that, “The vast potential represented by African countries in the fight against climate change cannot be underestimated. 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.”

The aim of the Forum is to share knowledge on carbon markets and green technologies in Africa.

The three day conference scheduled for April 18 to 20, 2012 includes presentations by experts in the field as well as workshops that will 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, it added.

The Africa Carbon Forum is held 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 release said.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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