Climate-aligned investing in Africa: risk management & portfolio alignment

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Reuben Wambui, Africa Regional Coordinator, UNEP FI

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This event is the first in a series on Climate-aligned investing in Africa run by UNEP FI. A first step towards adaptation to future climate change is reducing vulnerability and exposure to present climate variability. Significant co-benefits, synergies and trade-offs exist between mitigation and adaptation and among different adaptation responses across sectors. Questions investors in Africa must ask themselves are: - How can investors assess and manage risks associated with climate? - Can company and industry-level targets be aggregated to provide an indication of portfolio alignment for investors? - How can different sectors of the economy, such as Energy or Utilities, relate to the transition to a net-zero and climate resilient economy? - How can investors engage with different sectors of the economy to report on progress to clients, regulators, and other stakeholders? Speakers: - Reuben Wambui, Africa Regional Coordinator, UNEP FI (moderator) - Rahnuma Chowdhury, Investor Climate Action Lead, UNEP FI - Dr. Olufunso Somorin, Regional Principal Officer, East Africa, African Development Bank (AfDB) - Gloria Namande, Project Manager at NDC Support Programme
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