The PACJA team in Gabon, through its work, has inspired the creation of a national youth movement to champion Reducing Emission from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).
Earlier this year, PACJA Gabon and the Network of Civil Society Organizations for the Green Economy in Central Africa (ROSCEVAC) organised a training workshop that brought together actors from the Gabonese platforms involved in the fight against climate change, women and youth organisations, as well as indigenous people. The workshop on March 15th and 16th 2019, and which was funded by funded by Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) through World Bank, aimed at building the capacity of members of the Gabonese CSO platforms engaged in the REDD+.
It is the workshop that inspired the Gabonese youth, who quickly formed a National Youth Movement to take action on Climate change.
A PACJA secretariat team visiting Gabon opened the first youth movement workshop hosted at the Ministry of Environment office in Libreville on May 24th, 2019. The theme of the workshop was ‘Youth and Green Jobs’. The visiting team urged the youth to be innovative and create jobs that can provide solutions to the climate crisis.
In his opening remarks at the workshop, Charles Mwangi, the FCPF Project Coordinator, urged the youth to take advantage of the REDD+ mechanism that has been embraced by the government of Gabon to create green jobs.
The youth vowed to do their best and deliver visible results in the fight against effects of the climate crisis in the country.