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The PACJA Gabon platform has just strengthened its governance structures, with its extraordinary general assembly.

During the August 10, 2019 meeting at its headquarters in Angondje, Sherko City, members representing more than 60 Gabonese civil society organisations were briefed on the new provisions regarding the life of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance. "We have organised this general assembly to not only upgrade the new measures taken by headquarters to improve our management capabilities but also we are here today to reflect on the life of our platform. We need to strengthen the cohesion between us members and recall the role of each one as a member of the PACJA," said the Chairman of the Supervisory Board Nicaise Moulombi.

Members were also entitled to the balance sheet of the different activities carried out by the various PACJA Gabon platform coordination committees between May 2018 and August 2019. Speaking of the new provisions, the National Coordinator of the PACJA-Gabon, informed attendees about the vision at the highest levels of PACJA, which aims to strengthen the management capacity of national platforms.

"We do not need to reach 2,000 members who do not know where we are going, who do not understand our vision and the scope of our commitment to Africa and the world. We must therefore co-opt new ones, but we must, above all, manage our projects well and deserve the confidence placed in Gabon. And for that, we need the involvement of everyone," said Fabrice Ntchango as he gave his presentation. He said it would take a lot of awareness to get to where PACJA wanted to be.
Another highlight, President Nicaise Moulombi, installed the newly promoted advisors to the Supervisory Board. They are Mr Flavien Mincko, who will assume the human rights pole, Mrs Elodie Bigondou, who will follow the financial planning, and Mr Ditenx Ibinga, the new head of the political pole.

At the level of the general secretariat, Mr Esdras Epmi is the new manager. He will be supported by Mr Breigneiv Mambila (in charge of external relations) and Mrs Ingrid Boussamba (in charge of legal relations).

The nominations that have been successfully received by the members of the General Assembly have not failed to encourage the new, with pledges already made to the task within the platform. All of the Council's proposals have been approved by members and the PACJA platform is now expected at the foot of the wall.

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 00:00

Our Success Story: Burkina Faso

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The Burkina Faso team, through Association for Education and the Environment (A-2E), has been implementing the REDD+ project in Northern region and Central North Region, specifically targeting Ouahigouya, Gourcy, Yako and Kaya locality. A-2E convened several meetings with CSOs and the REDD+ coordination office, and also championed a media campaign that has seen local stations teach communities about environment conservation.

Miss Salimata Dabal, the general secretary in the North region of Burkina Faso (second in command from the governor), says: “This is my first ever training on climate change and REDD+. I want to thank PACJA and A-2E for this training, which is an eye opener for me and for the community in this region. I pledge full support from the government to this initiative. Our doors are open to you. In fact, call us any time and we will respond as government. We are ready to walk with you all the way”.

 

L’équipe du Burkina Faso, par l’intermédiaire de l’Association pour l’éducation et l’environnement (A-2E), a mis en œuvre le projet REDD+ dans les régions du Nord et du Centre-Nord, en ciblant plus précisément les localités de Ouahigouya, Gourcy, Yako et Kaya. A-2E a convoqué plusieurs réunions avec les organisations de la société civile et le bureau de coordination de la REDD+, et s’est également fait le champion d'une campagne médiatique qui a vu les stations locales enseigner aux communautés la conservation de l'environnement.

Mlle Salimata Dabal, secrétaire générale de la région du Nord du Burkina Faso (commandant adjoint du gouverneur), a déclaré: «Il s’agit de ma toute première formation sur le changement climatique et la REDD+. Je tiens à remercier PACJA et A-2E pour cette formation, qui est une révélation pour moi et pour la communauté de cette région. Je promets que le gouvernement soutiendra pleinement cette initiative. Nos portes sont ouvertes pour vous. En fait, appelez-nous à tout moment et nous vous répondrons en tant que gouvernement. Nous sommes prêts à marcher avec vous tout le temps ».

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 00:00

Our Success Story: Mozambique

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Similar successes are being recorded in Mozambique, where the project is implemented by PACJA with Community Land Initiative (CLI). The capacity building has been on access to rights (land); governance systems at community levels; and payment for environmental service business model. CLI has been developing standards to improve governance systems for rural communities. The organisation, through a working group, has also facilitated establishment of Community Based Natural Resource Management Network (CBNRMN) to serve as platform that will share information, lessons and monitor performance of REDD+ and other CBNRM initiatives towards sustainable natural resources management. CLI has also prepared training materials to be used countrywide, especially in Zambezia Emission Reduction Programme area to sensitize communities on implementation of REDD+ programme in Mozambique. Training workshops are underway.

“The constitution of the network and your operation will constitute a reference platform for Standardisation of instruments for better management of natural resources in the country, supporting and strengthening community empowerment for your greater involvement and your process improvement of livelihoods. The network will support the private sector, the Government and CSO in their actions to achieve the best results on your performance in the face of natural resource management. The network will recommend for each case the best models of management through pilot studies, in addition to working as a quality control body, based on regular and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the instruments developed for this purpose,” says Nelson Virgílio Rafael, Member of CBNRM Network, representing Zambezi University Academic Institution.

 

Des succès similaires ont été enregistrés au Mozambique, où le projet est mis en œuvre par PACJA avec l’Initiative des terres communautaires (CLI). Le renforcement des capacités a porté sur l’accès aux droits (terre); systèmes de gouvernance au niveau communautaire; et paiement pour le modèle économique de services environnementaux. La CLI a élaboré des normes pour améliorer les systèmes de gouvernance des communautés rurales. L’organisation, par l’intermediare d'un groupe de travail, a également facilité la création d’un réseau de gestion des ressources naturelles à base communautaire (CBNRMN) qui servira de plate-forme permettant de partager des informations, des leçons et de suivre les performances de la REDD+ et d'autres initiatives de CBNRM en matière de gestion durable des ressources naturelles.

Le CLI a également préparé du matériel de formation destiné à être utilisé dans tout le pays, en particulier dans la zone du programme de réduction des émissions du Zambezia, afin de sensibiliser les communautés sur la mise en œuvre du programme REDD+ au Mozambique. Des ateliers de formation sont en cours.

«La constitution du réseau et votre opération constitueront une plate-forme de référence pour la normalisation des instruments permettant une meilleure gestion des ressources naturelles dans le pays, soutenant et renforçant l'autonomisation des communautés pour votre plus grande implication et votre processus d'amélioration des moyens de subsistance. Le réseau soutiendra le secteur privé, le gouvernement et les organisations de la société civile dans leurs actions visant à obtenir les meilleurs résultats possibles pour votre performance face à la gestion des ressources naturelles. Le réseau recommandera pour chaque cas les meilleurs modèles de gestion par des études pilotes, en plus de fonctionner en tant qu'organe de contrôle de qualité, sur la base de suivi et d'évaluation réguliers et continus des instruments développés à cette fin », a déclaré Nelson Virgílio Rafael, membre du Réseau CBNRM, représentant l’Institut Académique de la Zambezi University.

 

Another Mozambiqan, says “The National Network of Community Management of Natural Resources is very important, as it will guarantee models for sustainable use of natural resources, management of land conflicts, strengthening of communities and development models according to each reality in the country. (A Rede Nacional de Gestão Comunitária dos Recursos Naturais é muito importante, pois irá garantir modelos de uso sustentável dos recursos naturais, gestão de conflitos de terras, fortalecimento das comunidades e modelos de desenvolvimento de acordo com cada realidade no pais)”

Un autre Mozambiqan, dit "Le réseau national de gestion communautaire des ressources naturelles est très important car il garantira des modèles d’utilisation durable des ressources naturelles, de gestion des conflits fonciers, de renforcement des communautés et de modèles de développement en fonction de chaque réalité du pays. (Redear Nacional de Gestón Comunitária dos Recursos Naturais est important, il est important que les modèles soient conservés de manière naturelle, les gestes de conflits de terres, les droits de reproduction et les modèles de cartes de crédit)"

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 00:00

Our Success Story: CONGO

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PACJA’s Congo platform, through CIREK, is empowering civil society organisations to engage in community activities focusing on REDD+ and the fight against climate change. The REDD+ Strategy is being implemented in 48 localities of Sangha and Likouala in the north of the country, on which more than half of the national forest sits, by strengthening permanent information systems on REDD + achievements in local languages.

There is enhanced participation of all relevant actors within REDD+ discussions including communities directly affected by Climate crisis.

CIRECK has invested in production of training manual on REDD+ including the REDD+ guide in seven local languages to reach communities in the 48 villages in Sangha and Likouala. Up to 60 community trainers have been trained and are busy working in the villages.

Congo:  “We, the indigenous people, have been living in the Congo forest for many, many years. We are upset when we see the Congo Forest exploited and destroyed by foreigners. We are very happy because of the training from CIRECK because they have taught us how to protect our forest. They have enlightened us about REDD+ and we now feel engaged in the process,” said Yanne-Loic Mbadinga-Zihou, an Indigenous Person, Congo Forest, Republic of Congo.

 

La plate-forme Congo de PACJA, par l’intermédiaire du CIREK, donne aux organisations de la société civile les moyens de participer aux activités communautaires axées sur la REDD+ et la lutte contre le changement climatique. La stratégie REDD+ est en cours dans 48 localités de Sangha et Likouala, dans le nord du pays, sur lesquelles plus de la moitié des forêts nationales sont implantées, en renforçant les systèmes d’information permanents sur les réalisations de REDD+ en langues locales.

La participation de tous les acteurs concernés aux discussions sur la REDD+, y compris les communautés directement touchées par la crise climatique, est renforcée. CIRECK a investi dans la production d’un manuel de formation sur REDD+ comprenant le guide REDD+ dans sept langues locales pour atteindre les communautés des 48 villages de Sangha et Likouala. les 60 formateurs communautaires ont été formés et travaillent dans les villages.

Au Congo: « Nous, peuples autochtones, vivons dans la forêt du Congo depuis de très nombreuses années. Nous sommes bouleversés lorsque nous voyons la forêt du Congo exploitée et détruite par des étrangers. Nous sommes très heureux de la formation dispensée par CIRECK, qui nous a appris comment protéger notre forêt. Ils nous ont éclairés sur la REDD+ et nous sentons désormais engagés dans le processus», a déclaré Yanne-Loic Mbadinga-Zihou, une personne autochtone de Congo Forest, en République du Congo

The Ivory Coast’s platform of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and Page Verte, a not-for-profit organisation, have collaborated to help encourage healthier living in schools in the country.

Through its Youth and Intergenerational Equity Committee, PACJA and the Page Verte have been organising a ceremony to have the partnership agreement signed with the municipal school of Bonoua on the theme: "Study in a healthy environment".

The general objective of this initiative is to make young people aware of environmental protection and the fight against climate change in Côte d'Ivoire. The teams involved hope the initiative will eventually lead to the end all forms of poverty, combat inequalities and reasonably reduce the effects of climate change on planet Earth.

Key in this initiative are Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4, 13 and 15, whose objectives are aimed at ensuring quality education, protecting the environment and combating the effects of climate change respectively.

For the founding president of Page Vere, Mrs Boye Born Jeanne Irène Koumo, these ideals fit well with the vision of PACJA, whose Côte d'Ivoire platform continues to multiply actions for more convincing results, with the effective involvement of the Civil Society Organisations in the country.

This ceremony resulted in the official signing of a partnership agreement between the NGO and the Bonoua Municipal High School.

More than 500 participants were present during the event that was marked with involvement in several activities.

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 00:00

Our Success Story: Ethiopia

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PACJA is implementing the FCPF Project in Ethiopia, with our sub-grantees Ethio Wetlands and Natural Resources Association (EWNRA) contributing to better forest management and improvement of local communities’ livelihoods. This includes maximising on non-timber forest products (NTFPs), an initiative that has seen tangible results, with beekeepers in Nono-Selle, Didu, Ale, Halu and Becho getting trained on production of quality of honey. The organised PFM groups (marginalised, women, youth, the poor) that have received capacity building are in Woredas (Nono-Selle, Didu, Ale, Halu and Becho), Illu Ababora Zone and Oromia Regional State.

As a result, there is better understanding of the Oromia Forest Landscape Programme safeguards instruments and their rights and obligations. The communities will also be supported to establish Grievance Redress Mechanism. A comprehensive bee keeping study was commissioned and the report has supported development of honey value chains in Ethiopia.

From as early as 2017, the training on REDD+ Project had started receiving praise from many, among them the Ethiopian government.

“Ethiopia considers REDD+ an opportunity and transformational tool for climate change mitigation through emission reduction and climate change adaptation,” said Ato Kebede Yimam, who was then Forest State Minister of Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change.

 

La PACJA est en train d’exécuter le projet FCPF en Ethiopie, avec les associations sous-bénéficiaires Ethio Wetlands and Natural Resources Association (EWNRA) contribuant à une meilleure gestion des forêts et à l’amélioration des moyens de subsistance des communautés locales. Cela inclut l’optimisation des produits forestiers non ligneux (PFNL), une initiative qui a donné des résultats tangibles, les apiculteurs de Nono-Selle, Didu, Ale, Halu et Becho étant formés sur la production de miel de qualité. Les groupes de GFP organisés (marginalisés, femmes, jeunes, pauvres) qui ont bénéficié d’un renforcement des capacités sont situés dans la zone de Woredas (Nono-Selle, Didu, Ale, Halu et Becho), dans la zone Illu Ababora et dans l’Etat régional d’Oromia

Par conséquent, il y a une meilleure compréhension du programme de Paysage forestier d’Oromia qui sauvegarde des instruments, leurs droits et obligations. Les communautés recevront également un appui pour mettre en place un mécanisme de règlement des plaintes. Une étude approfondie sur l’apiculture a été commandée et le rapport soutient le développement des chaînes de valeur du miel en Ethiopie.

Depuis 2017, la formation sur le projet REDD+ a commencé à recevoir les éloges de beaucoup de personnes, parmi lesquelles le gouvernement éthiopien.«L'Ethiopie considère la REDD+ comme un outil de transformation et d’attaque pour l'atténuation du changement climatique grâce à la réduction des émissions et à l’adaptation au changement climatique», a déclaré Ato Kebede Yimam, ancien ministre des forêts du ministère de l'Environnement, de la Forêt et du Changement climatique.

Tanzanians have presented its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) report at this year’s (2019) High-Level Political Forum (HLPF).

FORUMCC, which is Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) platform in Tanzania, played a key role in the VNR Process. This was done in Collaboration with Tanzania Sustainable Development Platform under the project Strengthening Partnerships for the effective implementation of the Agenda 2030 in East Africa. The initiative was supported by PACJA.

The Tanzania’s Civil Societies met to discuss the key outcomes of the High-Level Political Forum during a Post-HLPF sharing session as well as the launch of the CSO SDGs Report in Dar es Salaam.

Development Stakeholders from 28 Civil Society Organisations in Tanzania, in conjunction with FORUMCC, also played a key role in ensuring that CSOs’ contributions were included in the VNRs report.

Some of the consultations done directly contributed to the national report, leading to the preparation of CSOs ‘shadow’ report. This report was presented at the side event that happened during the HLPF forum in New York on July 16, 2019, at Africa Union Mission which had a good number of CSO representatives from Tanzania.

“As a platform, we were able to share our first CSOs Sustainable Development Goals ‘shadow’ report on the side event during the HLPF," said Reynald Maeda, the Co-convener TSDP from UNA Tanzania during the opening of the Session.

CSOs actively took part in the process, from preliminary consultations to the reporting stage. This enabled them to share the outcomes, lessons learned and ways forward in sustainable development implementation process.

“While there are challenges in implementing and reporting on SDGs, the imminent solution lies in the adoption and localization of the SDG in the national plans,” said Stephen Chacha, the Co-convener TSDP from the Africa Philanthropic Foundation.

Under this project, FORUMCC facilitated engagement of CSOs working on Climate Change-related issues in the VNR process and engaged with Parliamentary committees on Agriculture, Livestock and Water Management; as well as energy and minerals.

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) Executive Director Mithika Mwenda has been honoured by the Pan African Climate for his efforts in pushing for Climate Justice in Africa, for outstanding advocacy in the climate change discourse, and for being named among the world's 100 Most Influential People on Climate Justice.

Mr Mithika, who was just recently declared this year’s Earth Care award winner, was also praised in the African Parliament for the influence he, through PACJA, has achieved among the Civil Society Groups and empowering communities to see the opportunities in climate change.

While receiving his certificate, Mithika thanked the Pan African Parliament for acknowledging the work he and PACJA had done for the last 10 years.

“This, I must say, is not an honour to me as an individual, but an honour to the PACJA organisation for the effort we have made in our attempts to get climate justice,” he said.

He reminded the parliamentarians of some of the achievements PACJA had realised for the years it had been in existence. They included capacity building for the people who it has worked with to achieve the goals. He promised to do better, at least to have a positive impact, however small, on the future of the planet.

“In our lifetime deliver what it takes to leave the planet a better place for the future generations. Any small thing you do here will add to the history, and when the other generations come, they will remember that you tried, even if you did not succeed. The world will remember you for that, you will have left a mark,” said Mithika when he acknowledged the recognition yesterday.

Mithika will be receiving his prestigious Earth Care award in the United States in September. He was declared one of the World's 100 Most Influential People on Climate Justice by the Apolitical in March 2019.

 

Assertive policy and regulatory frameworks are essential in creating favorable conditions that would allow renewable energy technologies to grow and replace carbon-emitting fuels. Kenya signed a Paris Climate change treaty on greenhouse gas reduction obligations. The process of implementation of the Paris agreement on Renewable energy and energy efficiency has begun through the Least Developed Countries Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative (LDC REEEI) for Sustainable Development. The LDC REEEI is keen on providing clean and sustainable energy to those who cannot access electricity, improving energy efficiency and thus creation of jobs in the manufacturing industries. It is also in line with SDG7 on affordable and clean energy.

Kenya gained popularity when President Uhuru Kenyatta launched Africa’s largest wind power plant on July 19, 2019. The plant is located on the eastern shores of Lake Turkana that is known to be one of the windiest places on earth. It consists of a 365-turbine wind farm, each (turbine) with a capacity of 850 kilovolts. The wind power plant is connected to the national grid in Suswa and has the capacity to generate 15 per cent of the country’s installed capacity. It has a total installed capacity of 310 megawatts. This is a critical investment, keeping in mind that the electricity demand in East Africa is expected to quadruple in the next two decades.

The Lake Turkana wind power project is expected to contribute to the realisation of Uhuru’s Big Four agenda through reducing carbon taxation, which will attract investors to set up manufacturing industries in Kenya. This will lead to achieving the Government’s agenda to create 1.5 million jobs annually. In regards to achieving the Big Four’s affordable housing agenda, the wind power plant will see reduced cost of energy, thereby reducing the general cost of housing as desired by the State.

With the newly established wind power plant, the indoor air quality is expected to increase hence lowering the highly prevalent respiratory diseases in the region and especially Marsabit County. A reduced cost of energy will improve the agricultural practices in the country and beyond through powering irrigation systems, incubators for hatching chicks and other farm machinery.

Wind power is a renewable source of energy hence cannot be depleted over time. It is a climate friendly technology that has zero emissions. Renewable energy enhances a country’s energy self-sufficiency by reducing the reliance on fossil fuels. The development of this wind power plant will make it possible for Kenya to reduce carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

Sunday, 04 August 2019 00:00

Our Success Story: Gabon

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The PACJA platform in Gabon, through ROSCEVAC, has had training workshops that bring together actors involved in the fight against climate change, women and youth organisations as well as indigenous people. These workshops have given rise to a National Youth Movement to take action on Climate change. ROSEVAC also mobilised more than 27 members of Gabon National Assembly in May 2019 for a roundtable discussion on the future of REDD+. Still in May, the Gabonese government entrusted PACJA to be in control of its $270,000 that will be used to continue enhancing the capacity building on the REDD+.

“The government of Gabon has enjoyed a good working relationship with PACJA Gabon in the REDD+ development. PACJA has proven beyond doubt that they are the best when it comes to mobilising communities and building their capacity on climate change and REDD+. We have collaborated in capacity building workshops in the past and we will continue working together. The government of Gabon has allocated $270,000 to PACJA Gabon to support their work in capacity building of CSOs on REDD+,” says DR Ludovic Ngok Bomak, the Coordinator CAFI Project at the climate council in Gabon.

 

Parallèlement, la plate-forme PACJA au Gabon, par l’intermédiaire de ROSCEVAC, a organisé des ateliers de formation réunissant des acteurs de la lutte contre le changement climatique, des organisations des femmes et des jeunes ainsi que des populations autochtones. Ces ateliers ont donné naissance à un mouvement national de jeunesse chargé de lutter contre le changement climatique. ROSEVAC a également mobilisé plus de 27 membres de l'Assemblée nationale du Gabon en mai 2019 pour une table ronde sur l’avenir de la REDD+. Toujours en mai, le gouvernement gabonais a confié à la PACJA le contrôle de ses 270.000 dollars américains, qui seront utilisés pour continuer à renforcer les capacités en matière de REDD+.

"Le gouvernement gabonais entretient de bonnes relations de travail avec PACJA Gabon dans le développement de la REDD+. PACJA a prouvé hors de tout doute que les ateliers sont les meilleurs moyens quand il s’agit de mobiliser les communautés et de renforcer leurs capacités en matière de changement climatique et de REDD+. Nous avons déjà collaboré pendant les ateliers de renforcement de capacité et nous continuerons de travailler ensemble. Le gouvernement gabonais a affecté 270 000 dollars américains à PACJA Gabon pour soutenir leurs travaux de renforcement de capacité des organisations de la société civile sur la REDD+," a déclaré DR Ludovic Ngok Bomak, coordinateur 

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