PACJA SELECTED TO CONTINUE SERVING AS A CIVIL SOCIETY OBSERVER TO THE FOREST CARBON PARTNERSHIP FACILITY.
Pan Africa Climate Change Justice Alliance (PACJA) has been selected to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) as a CSO Observer on behalf of the CSOs in Africa. This is a monumental step that was communicated 6th of September 2018, is not only a growth of PACJA but also for the civil society movement on climate change in Africa.
The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) is a global partnership of governments, businesses, civil society, and Indigenous Peoples focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon stock conservation, the sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (activities commonly referred to as REDD+). The FCPF charter also prioritizes people, communities, sustainable livelihoods, and shared environmental benefits.
The Alliance is currently managing the Pan African Civil Society FCPF Capacity Building Programme on REDD+ project in 10 countries in Africa as an intermediary to the World Bank. The role of FCPF CSO Observer will add value in this process and PACJA will have an upper hand in representing the interests and concerns of Africa Civil Society organizations on forest conservation and REDD+ issues as part of its role in promoting climate justice.
PACJA will be represented by the Executive Director, Mithika Mwenda from Kenya and his alternate will be Augustine Njamshi from Cameroon, both of whom have immense experience in the climate change, as well as versed advocates for the poor and marginalized in Africa.
As observer PACJA will be among other representatives from Latin America and Asia and will serve for two years before the next elections. During this period PACJA is expected to raise the stakes in the protection of African forests and even more responsible for communicating the outcomes of FCPF meetings to constituents across their region and representing input from constituents across their region at meetings.
PACJA is the largest alliance of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) with over 1000 members in over 45 countries in Africa, embodying one African voice on climate and environmental justice and brings over 10 years of experience in this field where they have gained a wealth of experience.