The upcoming Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), under the overarching theme “Turning Environmental Policies into Action through Innovative Solutions” meant to take place at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya from 17 to 21 September 2018, offers a perfect opportunity for Non state actors to articulate their position on climate and environmental issues.
The special session will be preceded by a major groups and stakeholders’ forum (civil society) meeting on 15-16 September 2018. A number of side events will be held during the session. PACJA will hold a special session on the role of Media to reporting on environmental issues: Pollution, telling the Africa story. At the end of this session the ACCER Awards committee will take the opportunity to announce the finalists of the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER). The finalists will come from applicants to the 4th edition of the ACCER Awards that has been running since its launch on 5th June 2018.
The finalists are expected to join The ACCER Awards Finalists Academy (TAAFA). Which is scheduled take place from 6th -9th October 2018. This is a training, during which the finalists will get to meet past winners and engage in experience sharing and it is also networking opportunity.
Pan Africa Climate Change Justice Alliance (PACJA) has been selected to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) as a CSO Observer on behalf of the CSOs in Africa. This is a monumental step that was communicated 6th of September 2018, is not only a growth of PACJA but also for the civil society movement on climate change in Africa.
The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) is a global partnership of governments, businesses, civil society, and Indigenous Peoples focused on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, forest carbon stock conservation, the sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (activities commonly referred to as REDD+). The FCPF charter also prioritizes people, communities, sustainable livelihoods, and shared environmental benefits.
The Alliance is currently managing the Pan African Civil Society FCPF Capacity Building Programme on REDD+ project in 10 countries in Africa as an intermediary to the World Bank. The role of FCPF CSO Observer will add value in this process and PACJA will have an upper hand in representing the interests and concerns of Africa Civil Society organizations on forest conservation and REDD+ issues as part of its role in promoting climate justice.
PACJA will be represented by the Executive Director, Mithika Mwenda from Kenya and his alternate will be Augustine Njamshi from Cameroon, both of whom have immense experience in the climate change, as well as versed advocates for the poor and marginalized in Africa.
As observer PACJA will be among other representatives from Latin America and Asia and will serve for two years before the next elections. During this period PACJA is expected to raise the stakes in the protection of African forests and even more responsible for communicating the outcomes of FCPF meetings to constituents across their region and representing input from constituents across their region at meetings.
PACJA is the largest alliance of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) with over 1000 members in over 45 countries in Africa, embodying one African voice on climate and environmental justice and brings over 10 years of experience in this field where they have gained a wealth of experience.
The African Climate Legislation Initiative (ACLI) is a continuous engagement of Parliamentarians across Africa with the aim of enhancing partnership between Parliamentarians and Civil Society in climate/environmental policy-making processes in Africa.
PACJA acknowledges the critical role media and journalists play in shaping the opinion of citizens in a given country. Through this objective, PACJA has been able to build a remarkable media presence, in Africa and internationally.
This interaction with African journalists has laid the foundation for robust and consistent collaboration. The result has been outstanding. There has been increasing and noted coverage of the environment and climate change news across Africa.
These have taken many shapes which include news, features, opinions, commentaries both in print, online and broadcast (in radio, television, and YouTube).
In 2013, PACJA facilitated the establishment of the Pan African Media Alliance on Climate Change (PAMACC) aimed at motivating and encouraging journalists to consistently engage in climate change and environmental reporting.
PAMACC is one of Africa’s associations of environment journalists aim is to support journalists to improve their reporting on climate change. PAMACC also has regional coordinators, who will encourage journalists to set up national bodies in each country.
Click here to follow Pan African Media Alliance on Climate Change (PAMACC) news, updates and other events.
PACJA ups the game at Gabon platform, promises more productivity
The PACJA Gabon platform has just strengthened its governance structures,…
Our Success Story: Burkina Faso
The Burkina Faso team, through Association for Education and the…
Our Success Story: Mozambique
Similar successes are being recorded in Mozambique, where the project…
Our Success Story: CONGO
PACJA’s Congo platform, through CIREK, is empowering civil society organisations…
Enhancing Policy Change on Climate Change and Natural Resource Management project
This project seeks to address the gaps in the existing…
The Voice for Change Partnership Project (V4CP)
This V4CP project is designed and implemented under the premise…
Deepening African Civil Society Engagement in International Post- Paris Climate Change Dialogues and Response Strategies
This project aims to strengthen African civil society engagement in…
THE PAN AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY FOREST CARBON PARTNERSHIP FACILITY (FCPF) CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM (CBP) ON REDD+ PROJECT
INTRODUCTION PACJA is currently the Africa CSO Recipient Organization for…