The Regional Dialogue for IPs and Southern CSOs on REDD+ -Africa conference in Nairobi has recognised the need for women to be actively involved in climate change mitigation as well as adaptation. More than 100 participants attending the workshop are sharing and reviewing the achievements made in the World Bank funded Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) project on REDD+. They are also sharing challenges and opportunities as the project nears end.
The workshop is done courtesy of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance and Mainyoito Pastoralists Integrated Development Organization (MPIDO).
Speaking during the opening session of the workshop in Nairobi, the MPIDO Executive Director Joseph Ole Simel, said women were closest to the forests and could help conserve them further. He said climate change crisis had caused a lot of conflict in Africa.
PACJA Executive Director Mithika Mwenda urged the Kenyan Government to join in the climate crisis adaptation by sponsoring capacity building and empowering communities to engage in forest conservation. Women, he said, were very key in ensuring action, and not just capacity building, was realised in the grassroots.
The event ends tomorrow.