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CSOs invited to discuss participatory village mapping in Gabon

All Gabonese civil society organisations engaged in conservation have been invited to take part in the CSO information and capacity building workshop on participatory village mapping set to take place on Saturday August 08, in Angondje.

The workshop, which will be moderated by Edwige Eyang, the EFFA President of the NGO FENSED, aims to encourage greater involvement of the Gabonese civil society in order to better prepare it for the issues related to participatory village mapping.

The workshop will also act as part of the launch of the CAFÉ CLIMATIQUE, that is piloted by ROSCEVAC and PGASMO-CAFI Platform, with the technical support of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) Gabon platform and AKEWA Accelerateur.

The civil society organisations have been urged to nominate two participants take part in the event to be held at the seat of the ROSCEVAC located at the Sherko city from 10am.

Over the last 20 years the world has witnessed an explosion of participatory mapping initiatives in both developing and developed countries.

And participatory mapping, which can be broadly defined through the creation of maps, is an inclusive mechanism that enables local populations, often with the involvement of supporting organisations, including governments (at different levels), universities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other actors engaged in land access planning and development, is giving Gabonese CSOs the opportunity to demonstrate their impact on farming communities.

Moreover, civil society groups have demonstrated, for several years, their willingness to get involved and support the Gabonese authorities in the effective implementation of the National Land Use Plan (PNAT) by firm conviction that the creation of sketches of the cards cannot be done without involvement and without collaboration with local communities.

Participatory mapping has proven to be an excellent way to overcome the shortcomings of other approaches in obtaining accurate maps of local site characteristics and land use and tenure. By defining its national investment framework, according to the PGSE in its pillar Gabon Green, the country has opted for the establishment of PNAT.

PNAT is a planning process by which the Gabonese government counts, establishes and conveys its guidelines for the rational management of lands and resources in the State domain. The role of the PNAT will be an orientation to each area of ​​the territory corresponding to one or more activities, in order to develop the resources of the territory, minimise the risk of conflict between incompatible uses, and optimize opportunities in terms of multiple and compatible uses.

And in order to implement an efficient PNAT, it is essential to make a village and participatory mapping.

The CSOs interested in participating in the August 8 event have been urged to, as soon as possible, reserve places and send the names of two representatives of their organisations via this email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Only 40 slots are available.


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The Africa FCPF regional exchange workshop was organized by the Pan African climate justice Alliance (PACJA) in partnership with UNECA through the Pan African civil society Capacity Building project. The workshop was held back-to-back with the seventh Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII). The workshop was aimed at facilitating regional exchange to encourage first-hand learning and sharing of experiences from civil society and forest dependent IPs engagement in REDD+ processes, and from the Capacity Building Project being implemented by PACJA and MPIDO.

The project under the Forest carbon partnership Facility aims at strengthening the knowledge of African Civil Societies, Local Communities and forest dependent Indigenous Peoples on REDD+. The beneficiaries of the project are forest dependent IPs, LCs and Southern CSO networks from the 18 FCPF eligible countries in Africa. REDD+ activities involve a high degree of consultation amongst various stakeholders, including civil society, Indigenous Peoples (IP), Local Communities (LCs) and private sector, among others, and the national REDD+ strategy must itself be rooted in a broad-based consultative process. The participation of civil society, IPs and LCs is, therefore, critical for REDD+, and requires deep understanding of the objectives of REDD+, the related risks and opportunities and their potential role in the process.

The workshop brought together over 50 participants drawn from all the 18 FCPF countries namely; Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda. Other stakeholders such as key REDD+ focal points from selected countries, UNDP, JICA, GCF, local and international agencies were also invited to participate and share their experiences.
At the end of the one-day workshop, participants   proposed the need for a robust regional platform for information exchange between Africa CSO and IPs networks. Other recommendations included: strengthening capacities for effective agreement of Forest-dependent Indigenous Peoples and Civil Society Organizations in the REDD+ process at all levels. These recommendations were meant to inform the CCDA VI discussions.

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100 Youth from Africa convened on the 8th and 9th October 2018 during the African Youth Intergenerational Justice workshop on the sidelines of the 7thConference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA VII) Nairobi, Kenya.  The theme of the convening being "African youth Intergenerational Equity and Justice perspective" the engagement aimed at:
1.      Building capacity of African Youth on Intergenerational Justice.
2.      To identify engagement opportunities in Intergenerational Equity discourse.
3.      Agreeing on critical issues for African youth to collaborate in.
Intergenerational justice is at the heart of the young people of Africa. The common responsibility of environment and climate protection that humanity has is not to be compromised by any of humanity's actions.  Humanity at large owes future generations a safe, conducive and sustainable climate. Where humanity has failed to protect the climate, as it is the case now, devoid of the fact that future generations have to live and advance their livelihoods, then humanity owes it to the future generations to make it right as this is unjust! Within this reality, the actions of all humanity inclusive of the young generation have to be accorded equal admonition as all of us have equal rights entitling us to a safe climate.
With the ambition to define key youth issues in the climate change discourse, define youth responsibility for present and future generation, catalyse collaboration among youth networks across the continent and facilitate an honest climate action dialogue within the purview of Talanoa, the convening delivered the following:
1.      Youth agreed and prioritized key actions within key sectors of African economy impacted on by climate change. These are environment, energy, agriculture and water sectors.
2.      African youth agreed to collaborate in advancing climate actions with PACJA taking lead to support this agenda.
3.      Establishment of an information sharing and learning platform on climate change and sustainable development; a platform accessible for use by African youth
4.      Reflections on the ambitions of the youth in Africa in advancing climate action were done with key actions on addressing existing challenges recommended during the Talanoa process.
In view of the great task at hand to implement the Paris Agreement, ensure young people are effectively engaged in climate governance and policies support innovative solutions, African Youth in climate change work called upon stakeholders and sectoral actors to support youth efforts in championing climate justice and implementing climate actions.

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The ACCER Awards Finalists Academy (TAAFA) Training kicked has been running in Nairobi since Sunday 7thof October at Safari Park Hotel. The three day training workshop brought together environmental reporters and media trainers from across Africa to train and build their capacity on climate and environmental reporting. The workshop seeks to increase the number of journalists pursuing environmental reporting as a career. [ Read More ]

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Through the voice for change partnership project (V4CP) PACJA held a consultative meeting to discuss how different stakeholders in the climate change field and the county government can work together on enhancing the resilience of the   pastoralist community in Marsabit County. The project which is in partnership with SNV seeks to ensure a stronger resilience of pastoral systems to the adverse impacts of climate change within the county.

Climate change   has  had  and is  expected  to  continue  to  pose  severe impact  on the   different sectors in the county. Livestock, fisheries, Rangeland and agriculture are some of the sectors most affected. With  the county being largely  arid  and  semi-arid,  the county government has commenced processes to address climate change issues by developing climate change mainstreaming guidelines, climate change adaptation  action plan and an environmental Bill which is being developed. The policy once enacted   will enable the counties to   benefit from climate funds  both  allocation from  the  county government  and also  from development partners, which  will  enhance  adaptive  initiatives  in the  county.

Stakeholders discussed the different policy processes at varied stages of formulation. It was   indicated that the process of development   climate change policy in Marsabit has been initiated   and is currently at the zero draft. PACJA and other stakeholders within the forum committed to   supporting the process which is being spearheaded by MIONET.

Issues of public consultation in development of the policy were also flagged as   an important issue to be considered in the early stages of development of the policy. Public  consultation is an important  component    towards  the  creating of inclusive  policies  which  will  address the  needs  of  the  community. The civic education and public participation office will be engaged closely to help In creating   awareness on climate change issues affecting the county and how the policies will benefit and improve their livelihoods.

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3rd OCTOBER, 2018

The Adaptation TWG held its first county visit to Kitui County for a consultative workshop and training county CSOs on policies such as the NAP, NCCAP (2018-2022) and the Kitui County Climate Change Fund. Mr Mutua of Farm Practice and also the convener of the Adaptation TWG hosted eleven members and the CSOs in Kitui County at Paradise Resort Conference. Some of the local groups who attended the workshop include; Farm Practice, Kagondi Environmental Ecosystem Management (KEEMA) CBO, Kaui Ward Adaptation Planning committee, Food and Agriculture organization (FAO), Ministries of Environment and Agriculture Kitui County, Vision Group, Financial Services Association and Romac Chiondoni Business community.

The chairman of the TWG and also the chairman of the NGOs Council, Mr Cheboi, introduced the members and elaborated the work of the Angaza project in strengthening the capacity of CSOs in climate governance. Members of the TWG introduced their organizations and shared their adaptation work in their respective counties. Mr Mutuku from AYICC and Miss Kerubo from 350.org took the participants through the NCCAP 2018 and NAP elaborating the role of CSOs in climate governance in keeping the government in check and the opportunities available for climate action.

The local groups explained the different ways they are adapting to the changing climate in Kitui. They all expressed how there was an increased intensive drought period as well as flash floods caused by short heavy burst of rainfall. Many of the farmers had turned to drought tolerant crops such as cassava, millet, sorghum, green grams, poultry farming and goat keeping. Kitui government has banned sand harvesting and charcoal burning to save the remaining rivers and forests. Through the Charcoal Management Act and Climate Fund, the government has set aside at least 1% of the county annual budget to climate actions and is promoting briquettes and solar energy for cooking and energy production. It is also promoting value addition and packaging and branding agricultural produce for export. As a pilot project, the fund has also established Ward Adaptation Planning (WAPs) Committees in ten out of the forty wards that will enhance bottom-up advocacy and public participation in climate change actions in the county.
The closing remarks were expressed by Mr Jesse David from BioNet and also the chairman of the Angaza Steering Committee who encouraged the participants to come together as a larger body to represent their views on climate governance in Kitui County. The members agreed to bring on board all CSOs in the county to a larger forum and ensure implementation of the climate policies and promote adaptation in all their activities.

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On the 1st of October PACJA spearheaded a stakeholder’s consultative meeting with the county government to provide stakeholder input on this rangeland and livestock policies.
Community Representatives from Wabera, Bulla Pesa,,Oldonyiro, Ngare Mara wards together with technical experts in livestock, rangeland management and climate change matters were involved in the consultative meeting.

Isiolo County is one of the most vulnerable counties to climate change in Kenya and one of the counties in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) in the northern region. Climate change is a threat to the livelihood of residents in the county whose mainstay is pastoralism. The main threats include the outbreak of diseases due to the influx and concentration of livestock, an increased risk of flooding resulting in damage to infrastructure and property, and prolonged drought with its impacts on livestock mortality, rangeland resources, and morbidity.
PACJA has engaged strongly in advocating and advancing climate policy processes in the county.
The overall objective of this policy is to strengthen the capacity in Isiolo, its pastoral community, and other stakeholders, to formulate and implement livestock sector and related policies that sustainably reduce food insecurity and poverty, thereby enhancing the contribution of the livestock sector to sustainable food security and poverty reduction in the county.
During the meeting some members of the community sited their worries on the extent to which the policy addresses supportive services and actions such as insurance, early warning systems, access to veterinary services that are key to advance resilience of livestock production. The issues were discussed in length with ideas from the meeting being incorporated in the policy. There was also commitment by the government to put in place mechanisms to address the concerns raised in the meeting.

Pastoralist communities manage their rangeland by dividing the range into dry and wet grazing zones. They graze in dryer parts of the rangeland during rainy season and move to wet areas during the dry period, when they have exhausted the pasture and water resource. This nomadic movement has supported the pastoral survival for centuries but now their survival is at stake as climate change takes center stage. Climate change in dryland areas manifests itself in flood storms and cyclic droughts which result in disruption of livelihoods through high livestock mortality which undermines the adaptive capacity and resilience of communities in the drylands of Kenya.
PACJA through the voice for change program has engaged strongly in advocating and advancing the rangeland management policy in the county.
One problem that stood out from the pastoralists on range land is that Competition over land for agriculture, livestock and wildlife is leading to resource based conflicts. The county representative stated that the policy introduces a co management approach where traditional community institutions will be involved in managing rangelands therefore mitigating resource based conflicts and supporting resilience building actions.

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