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WWF aims to ensure by 2030 an equitable and just transition is underway that limits warming to 1.5°C, protects people and biodiversity, and builds a resilient future.

To attain this goal by 2030, WWF will focus on achieving three closely linked outcomes:
  1. Cut the world’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 per cent from 2010 levels, providing confidence in a carbon neutral economy by 2050, and supported by necessary changes in financial markets and investment trends;
  2. Ensure renewable energy provides 40 per cent of global final energy demand, double energy efficiency from 2010 levels, achieve universal energy access, and a just transition underway to a sustainable and fossil fuel free energy system by 2050;
  3. Fully integrate climate adaptation and resilience into all conservation and development policies, strategies and actions, and ensure the world is on track to continuously build resilience and manage climate risks with minimal loss and damage through 2050 and beyond.

The impacts of climate change pose urgent and specific challenges to Africa. Many countries that were already suffering water shortage are also now experiencing lower rainfall, crop failure and reduced food security, while others are confronted by more extreme weather conditions, damaging and destroying vital infrastructure.

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WWF seeks to scale up global efforts to ensure emissions of greenhouse gases peak and reduce sharply, while in Africa much greater efforts are needed to build resilience and adaptation to limit the worst impacts of climate change. WWF has launched the Africa Adaptation Initiative and is working in 12 countries, including Cameroon, Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia, to mobilise political will and build the capacity for adaptation to climate change.

A major contribution Africa can make is to hugely reduce deforestation and promote forest landscape restoration. Stopping forest loss is a priority, and WWF is partnering with other agencies to develop projects such as the UN’s Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). Africa’s largest REDD+ project is underway in the Mai Ndombe province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the aim is to keep 10 million hectares of tropical forest in the priority Congo River basin intact and prevent the emission of 29 million tonnes of carbon over five years. But Africa also has the potential to leapfrog traditional expensive energy systems and move towards a climate-smart energy future based on sustainability. 

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