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Workshop on Financing and Investments in Mitigation Actions in West Africa

 A two-day workshop on Financing and Investments in Mitigation Actions in West Africa was held June 4-5, 2012 in Accra, Ghana. It was jointly organized by ECREEE in collaboration with the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Business Climate Facility (BizClim). The workshop focused on creating the enabling environment for investment and innovative finance in Nationally Appropriated Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in the renewable energy, energy efficiency and transport sector in West Africa by catalyzing the introduction of the necessary legal and regulatory reforms.Speaking at the event, Mr.

ECREEE participates in the Side Event on ‘Harnessing Carbon Market Opportunities in Africa’, at the African Carbon Forum, Ethiopia

 The fourth African Carbon Forum took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 18–20 April 2012. The forum was a knowledge sharing event with a focus on carbon investments in Africa.

ECOWAS Workshop on Energy Policy Tools of the Global Energy Assessment

 E C R E E E , in partnership with the United Nations I n d u s t r i a l Devel opmen t Orga n i z a t ion (UNIDO) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) organized a one-day workshop on key findings and tools of the Global Energy A s s e s s m e n t (GEA). The workshop was held on 12 April 2012 in Praia, Cape Verde, with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The workshop was attended by more than 60 energy experts and policy makers from the ECOWAS region.The workshop considered the key findings of the GEA which was published during Rio+20.

Fifth Executive Board Meeting of ECREEE

 The Fifth Executive Board Meeting of ECREEE was held on Friday 13 April 2012 at the ECREEE Secretariat in Praia, Cape Verde. The main objective of the meeting was to adopt the Report of the Implementation of the ECREEE 2011 Work Plan and the ECREEE Business Plan 2011–16 (the Business Plan is available at web portal http://www.ecreee.org).

ECREEE Conducts Capacity Building on Renewable Energy Policies and Incentive Schemes

ECREEE, in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Spanish Institute for Energy Diversification and Savings (IDAE), organized a two-day intensive training course on “National Renewable Energy Policies and Incentive Schemes”. The training, held from 9–10 April 2012 in Praia, Cape Verde is part of an ongoing effort by ECREEE to reinforce capacities among the ECOWAS Member States in the area of energy planning and policy formulation aimed at promoting renewable energy at the national level.

ECOWAS Small-Scale Hydro Power Programme Receives Strong Support from ECOWAS Member States

 ECREEE, in collaboration with UNIDO, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP) of the World Bank, as well as the Government of Liberia, and supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID), conducted a key workshop on small-scale hydro power (SSHP) development for West Africa from 16– 20 April 2012 in Monrovia, Liberia.The event featured a two-day SSHP capacity building seminar and a three-day technical meeting to report on the status of SSHP in the ECOWAS countries as well as to validate the draft project

ECOWAS Adopts Strategy to Promote Sustainable Bioenergy Development in West Africa

ECREEE and the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) co-organized the first ECOWAS Regional Bio-energy Forum, in Bamako, Mali, from 19–21 March 2012. The objective was to deliberate on strategies, through multi-stakeholders’ dialogue and exchange of experience, for promoting the transition from traditional use of biomass resources to a modernized and efficient utilization of these resources.
 

ECOWAS Agrees on Green Energy Policies as a Voluntary Commitment to the SE4ALL Initiative

 ECOWAS is working towards a voluntary commitment to the Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL) of the UN Secretary-General presented at Rio+20. At a regional validation workshop, held from 25–28 June 2012 in Dakar, Senegal, the Directors of the ECOWAS Ministries of Energy agreed on the main targets and pillars of regional renewable energy and energy efficiency policies for the ECOWAS region.

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