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PACJA leaves great impact in Congo grassroots

The Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has spread its tentacles to Congo, where it has been encouraged to continue doing a good job in the African continent.

Through the support from Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) that is funded by World Bank, PACJA is supporting CIRECK (Cercle International de Recherches et d’etudes de Civilizations Bekwel), a civil society organisation in Ouesso Province in Congo, to raise awareness on REDD+ and climate change among communities. Up to 60 trainers have been trained and they are working in 48 villages across Ouesso.

Training materials and manuals have been translated into seven local languages for easy understanding of the idea by the local communities. A team from PACJA secretariat is currently visiting the organisation for capacity building and evaluation of the state of implementation of the project. CIRECK has created impact in the entire Ouesso and the local administration is supporting them in implementation.

The team visited the governor (Prefect) of Sangha Province, Tchicaya Jean Christophe, who is also the director of cabinet. Monsieur Tchicaya thanked PACJA for supporting REDD+ activities in the province and reiterated their support for CIRECK activities.

As a result of successes attained through REDD+ project supported by World Bank, CIRECK has received more support from World Conservation Society (WCS) to continue with awareness creation in Ouesso.

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PACJA supervises its platforms’ work in Congo

The Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) secretariat on a supervisory visit to Congo has established a good relationship with the local Government, from which it got blessings to continue to emphasize need for climate change mitigation among local communities.

The Secretariat team from Nairobi yesterday met Jean Christophe, the Director of Cabinet in Sangha Province of the Republic of Congo.

The Mr Christophe welcomed the PACJA team, which comprised of Charles Mwangi (Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Project Coordinator), Sella Wanjekeche (Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer) and Grace Njeri (Finance Officer) at his office in the Province.

The team is on a mission to supervise projects PACJA is doing in the grassroots with the support of World Bank.

Another team from the Secretariat was last week in Gabon for the same task, and returned with positive feedback, as the State supported the initiative by entrusting PACJA with $270,000.

The World Bank is supporting PACJA in a three-year project aimed at building the capacity of African Civil Society and Local Communities on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). The project approved on 14th March 2016 is funded under FCPF and ends on December 31, 2019.

The project is being implemented with engagement of selected Recipient Organizations, as agreed between World Bank and PACJA.

PACJA has been conducting capacity building activities through our national chapters and other selected CSO networks (in countries where PACJA does not have national chapters) through contracts or sub-grants. PACJA directly coordinates regional activities, with the aim of strengthening the knowledge of targeted civil society organizations and local communities of REDD+ and knowledge ‎exchange at regional levels.

The team in Congo started the supervisory work on May 26th 2019 and leaves on May 30th.

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PACJA/ROSEVAC holds successful meeting with Gabonese MPs

A resolve to take the fight against the climate crisis to the grassroots culminated into a meeting with Gabonese parliamentarians, in a workshop that lay ground for more prospects in the process of implementation of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) project.

The Network of Civil Society Organisations for Green Economy in Central Africa (ROSCEVAC), in partnership with the Panafrican Alliance for Climate Justice (PACJA Gabon), held a capacity building and awareness creation meeting with more than 27 Gabonese parliamentarians and another team of representatives from different institutions of interest in the REDD+ project implementation on Monday.

The meeting with the parliamentarians was key to PACJA and ROSCEVAC, as they represent the people and are the law/policy makers as well as opinion leaders locally.

This is in tandem with the objectives of the World Bank-funded REDD+ project that seeks to influence communities to be actively involved in reducing harmful emissions.

Speaking at the workshop, the ROSCEVAC Executive Chairman Nicente Moulombi underscored the importance of building the parliamentarians’ capacity on the climate change matter, saying it would help prepare Gabon as a country as it joins the REDD+ process by 2022.

Climate governance and development have remained key to PACJA and ROSCEVAC, both which are out to influence policy on the matter. At the workshop, the parliamentarians were urged to be actively involved in matters of the climate governance at the international platform, just as their equals in many other countries were, as they would help advocate for Africa’s interests in the climate policy matters internationally.

The legislatures urged PACJA and ROSCEVAC to focus beyond them, environment and nature protection commission, and approach the secretariat of the commission for better results on the REDD+ process.

PACJA’s Chair of Political and Technical Affairs Committee Augustine B Njamnshi thanked the participants for their attendance, contributions and vow to incorporate the REDD+ process as a critical issue in their dealings, not forgetting to outline the country’s commitment and participation at the international level on matters of climate crisis.

However, Fabrice Ntchango, the REDD+ Coordinator in Gabon, sought for consideration of Gabon’s involvement internationally “within the framework of justice”.

Earlier in the week, Mr Ntchango welcomed the PACJA Secretariat team to a forum to follow up on achievements made since the alliance was launched in the Central African country last year.

The team from Nairobi comprised of PACJA’s Mr Njamnshi, Salina Sanou, Gracia Mgaria and Charles Mwangi.

At the end of the first forum, a National Youth Movement with a focus on the climate crisis adaptation and mitigation was formed and PACJA Gabon entrusted with control of the State’s $270,000 for the REDD+ implementation process.

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GCF Training in Eldoret enlightens Rift farmers

The Eldoret edition of the training on access to Green Climate Fund has confirmed that there has been need to empower representatives from various counties on matters climate funding.

The training offered by Panafrican Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and the National Treasury has focused on the available opportunities for Climate funds and how to access them.

After identifying the effects of climate change that bedeviled many communities, especially those in poor countries, nations decided, through United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to collect funds from developed countries and disseminate the same to developing and least developed countries to help adapt and mitigate climate change.

The GCF and Adaptation Fund were some of the targeted resources. The funds are available for developing countries and least developed countries, but many organisations and counties do not know how to apply for them or access them, as was evident in the training at Eldoret.

PACJA and the National Treasury have, therefore, been enlightening participants from blocs of counties on the procedures and requirements for them to access the funds.

Participants in the Eldoret forum were from Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Trans-Mara, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Nakuru and Marsabit.

Many confessed to ignorance on the availability of the funds, and another lot that knew they existed had no idea how to package themselves and easily access the same.

The objective of the training, which was to sensitize and create awareness among county government officials and county stakeholders on Climate Financing opportunities, was achieved.

Participants learnt how to identify potential bankable projects that would enhance livelihoods of communities. The training is running for three days from 27th to 29th May 2019.

The target group of the training was county officials, CSOs and county stakeholders. The groups are required to gain knowledge on GCF and be able to develop a concept note to request for GCF funds through the help of National Treasury technicians.

The training has been able to unpack the evolution of the climate change finances globally from the Kyoto protocol, where adaptation fund was ratified, to UNFCCC, where GCF was given birth to.

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