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.
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 ]
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.
While giving his opening remarks Mr. Mithika Mwenda; PACJA’S CEO urged journalists to learn and network with other environmental reporters in order to take the agenda of climate change on The Pan African level. He also added that in the future ACCER entries will not limit on French and English but also include indigenous languages.
Previous ACCER Awards finalists and winners were also in attendance to give their experiences.Ngalami who was the overall winner in the 2013 ACCER awards urged reporters to write on Environmental issues are the best stories to tell in Africa as they open one to the world and vice versa. He added that through PAMACC he has been able to generate stories on climate change and environment and expand his outreach to a wide audience.
Pan African Media Alliance on climate change (PAMACC) which was formed in 2013 is aimed at motivating and encouraging journalists to consistently engage in climate change and environmental reporting.
Victor Bwire who is the Deputy CEO and Programs Manager at the Media Council of Kenya urged reporters to always look for reliable stories. He probed reporters to focus on interviewing experts who had knowledge on the topic of the story being talked about. The reporters agreed that climate change was important and they should provide a bridge between science, service providers and the public.
At the end of the training participants were awarded certificates of participation led by John Binderi, the Chairperson of PACJA Augustine Njamnshi, who are PACJA Board Members and Faustine of Rwandan Climate Change Network supported by Wanjohi Kabukuru from the Indian Ocean observatory.
The county government of Marsabit today launched the County’s climate change adaptation action plan(MCCCAP) which will cushion key sectors against the impact of climate change.MCCCAP which is a key milestone towards efforts to address the county’s vulnerability to climate change was launched by Solomon Gubo,deputy governor Marsabit County.
The plan which identifies sectoral adaptation needs and also details specific sectoral action plans, key implementing partners and indicative cost is complimentary and consistent with existing strategies of the national climate change response strategy (NCCRS) 2010 and the county integrated development plan (CIDP).
Marsabit County is extremely susceptible to impacts of a changing climate because most livelihoods and economic activities are reliant on climate sensitive sectors. Agriculture, pastoralism, forestry and livestock are some of the most vulnerable sectors impacted by climate change in the county. Climate change which has greatly affected the livelihood of residents as pastoral and agro-pastoral production is the leading source of income involving about 95% of its population. In recognition of the challenges posed by climate change it is vital that policies and measures for adaptation to climate change are put in place across all the vulnerable sectors in order to minimize the impending climate disasters.
“The county government will work with different stakeholders and the community to ensure this is not just a technical plan but it will be implemented in order to benefit the residents of the county ” Solomon Gubo, Deputy governor.
PACJA in collaboration with different partners including the Marsabit Climate Change Stakeholders Forum and the County Government will therefore work to see that the county has in place facilitative climate policies that support resilience of pastoralism, and an operational Climate change Fund.
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