The just concluded meeting between PACJA and the assistant Deputy Minister for Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), underscored the need to actively engage women in climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Speaking at the PACJA secretariat office in Nairobi, the assistant Deputy Minister, Ms. Isabelle Bérard said that the Canadian Ministry of Environment is currently working with women across Africa in climate change and lauded PACJA for similar efforts in engaging women in climate change adaptation and mitigation activities.
The meeting at PACJA secretariat was a stem-up from a conference dubbed "Women picking it on climate change", which was hosted by the Canadian Environment Minister, Catherine Mackenna in Ottawa and attended by PACJA.
Accompanying the deputy assistant mister was Mr. Dany Drouin, DG, Plastics, Oceans and Resilience Task Team, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECC). Also in attendance was Kelly Thompson, First Secretary, Development at the Canadian High Commission in Nairobi and Hellen Oriaro with whom PACJA has worked extensively on climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Moving forward, the team would be keen on strategic alliances especially on women in climate change, negotiations and training which are all being done by each parties separately.