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PACJA signs deal with Page Verte to promote healthy living in Ivory Coast schools

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.

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Our Success Story: Ethiopia

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.

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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.

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Job well done Mithika! Pan African Parliament tells PACJA director

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.


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