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The Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet), says the UN Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Degraded Forests (REDD+) National Capacity Building engagement meeting in Cross River will encourage experience sharing.

The meeting is aimed at forming more strategic alliances in the REDD+ and climate change processes by engaging Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Forest Dependent Communities (FDCs).

Mr Atayi Babs, the National Network Coordinator of CSDevNet, a coalition of civil society groups, said this in a statement signed by Mr James Odey, the South-South Coordinator of CSDevNet on Friday in Abuja.

The REDD+ programme is the UN collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries.

Babs said that the workshop would be organised by the Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) in Partnership with the National REDD+ Secretariat, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of the World Bank.

“The capacity building and engagement meeting facilitated national exchange is to encourage first-hand learning and sharing of experiences from civil society members and Forest Dependent Communities (FDCs) engaged in the REDD+ processes.

“The reason for the workshop is to form more strategic alliances in the REDD+ and climate change processes by engaging Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Forest Dependent Communities in sharing experiences on the journey so far, with UN-REDD+ in Nigeria.’’

Babs said that the project which, started in Cross River  had been replicated in two other states – Nassarawa and Ondo states, adding that REDD+’s major stakeholders were CSOs.

“The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) engagement meeting, in addition to facilitating knowledge exchange is a platform to expand conversations and broaden partnerships around REDD+ readiness processes, while at the same time contributing toward the National REDD+ Strategy and Processes.’’

Dr Alice Ekwu, the Cross River State Commissioner for Climate Change and Forestry, represented by Mr Ogbong Akwaji, the Permanent Secretary and Chairman of REDD+ Committee, thanked the organisers for the meeting.

“The state government is impressed with progress made over the years and is aware of the benefits of afforestation making great strides in the overall interest of Nigerians.

“Although, the target of planting five million trees had not been met, so many afforestation projects have been done and we ask for more engagements to sensitise even more of the rural communities.’’

Dr Amah Moses, the National REDD+ Coordinator said that the workshop was a sign indicating that progress was  being made.

He stressed the need for tangible beneficial results in communities and for individuals in the afforestation efforts.

“REDD+ started in Cross River as a pioneer state and if there’s no tangible progress made, other states will be reluctant to be a part of the programme.’’

He encouraged participants to be open to learn and to share ideas in the course of the workshop.

“All CSOs working with REDD+ have connectivity and must work together with reference to CSDevNet has demonstrated through this engagement meeting,’’ she added.

Mr Patrick Bassey, the State Coordinator of REDD+, said that CSOs were independent, voluntary non-business groups, non-governmental, community or faith-based organisations, whose main purpose was promote the interest of the common man.

He further emphasised that the workshop was designed to broaden the knowledge of CSOs involved in the REDD+ programme and they were available to make the government accountable, effective and legitimate through positive engagements.

Mr Joachims Offum, one of the locals representing Njua Kaku communities, raised concerns that even with task forces put in place; trailers of logged woods still left the  community regularly without being checked.

He pleaded for actual implementation of the rules against logging, which should be enforced by the government, adding that “when the forest is totally gone, REDD+ too will be gone’’.

Mr Pius Oko, the CSDevNet Project Officer said that “REDD+ is everybody’s business that leaves no one behind so the maxim should be if we work together, we will all benefit together.’’

“In Nigeria, the key objective of the CSDevNet-led FCPF project is to form a synergy with, and complement the efforts of the CSOs and FDCs in advancing the course of the REDD+ in Nigeria.

“As a network, we aim to deepen the knowledge and experience sharing of CSOs and local communities in Nigeria on REDD+ Readiness at the national level.

“We also want to sensitise local communities and CSOs targeting women and the youth on REDD+  and climate change processes as well as strengthen the linkage between CSO groups, government, and the media to promote our project.”

According to Oko, this solution is targeted at reducing forest losses caused by farming, rearing of animals and logging, among other drawbacks.“The environment is getting hotter and there is a gradual increase in emissions: REDD+ was therefore established for reducing the emission from deforestation and degradation, thus bringing about forest conservation,” he said.

 

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 00:00

3RD NATIONAL GREEN GROWTH DIALOGUE

Environmental Capacities and Technical Services Institute (ECAS) in collaboration with the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA), Kenya Industrial Estate (KIE), Frederich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has organized a third national dialogue themed Inclusive Green Growth: Investing for a Sustainable Big 4 Agenda.

Building from the past and ongoing processes that seek to promote green growth, it can be deduced that Green Growth is not a state but a process of transformation and a constant dynamic progression

The concept of equity and green growth was well captured and recommended as one of the outcomes of the 1st and 2nd Natural Green Growth Dialogues and affirmed the need to explore avenues through which researchers, policy makers and practitioners could initiate dialogues to contribute to equitable green growth. Moreover Small Scale and Medium enterprise (SMEs) in Kenya are vulnerable to climate change and their level of understanding on how to mitigate and adapt in their operation is limited, due to lack of resources. They are unlikely to have in-house experts on climate change and sustainability, and their funds to bring in outside consultants are limited. SMEs, therefore, are less prepared for climate impacts and more likely to suffer from them. Furthermore, SMEs in Kenya often do not have access to key affordable financial products such as loans, insurance and the technical capacity to manage such resources available to them

The workshop will take place between 8am and 5pm on Wednesday 3rd April, 2019.

Climate Change and Environmental reporting in Africa is important because the media will help to improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning. Few African journalists have Science & Environmental reporting training and editors do not have the time and resources to nurture their reporters like they used to due to the changing media landscape that demands more from its journalists.

It is in this context that Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) is planning a fourth media training that will bring together experts from selected media houses to undergo Trainer of Trainers (ToTs) course. The main aim for the training is to provide a need-based reference skills suitable for journalists by building a critical team of trainers who will support the growth of climate change reporting.

PACJA has so far conducted three successful journalists’ trainings. The first took place alongside the fourth edition of the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards in October 2018.  The second one, brought journalists from the counties with the aim of building their capacity so as to use the channels at their disposal for the purposes of Climate change communication. The third training took place in mid-February, and brought together journalists from various counties to be trained particularly on the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), a set of actions Kenya has committed to undertake as part of its obligation under the Paris Agreement.

The training has been picked based on the assessment and tracking of the journalists activities ever since the capacity building exercise began. This is in line with PACJA’s strategic Objective in public engagement and mobilization that mandates the Alliance to raise public awareness, mobilize and empower citizens in Africa and globally to pressure their governments on environmental rights.

The training also seeks to:

  1. To simplify and demystify climate change and environmental jargon to suit them into normal journalistic styles and embed this in a life training manual that will inform the formation of journalists across the journalistic field.
  2. To contribute to the ongoing effort to building a critical mass of African journalists with focus on climate change and environmental reporting by enabling independent journalists to become critical investigators and storytellers of the real impact that climate change, climate actions and development solutions have on real people

 

 

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) in collaboration with National treasury (National Designated Authority) will train CSOs on Climate change budgeting and coding skills. This will not only improve their Capacity but also enhance their   skills to track climate Finance Flows in Kenya. Moreover CSO will be trained on GCF processes and how to develop bankable proposals on the same. The two day training will take place on the 4th and 5th this month.

The training will also help interrogate Kenya’s capacity for increased climate finance, with a focus on three elements: the prevailing governance (legal, policy and institutional) framework; climate finance flows mechanisms or modalities; and the country’s capacity to access international climate finance at scale, with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) chosen as an ideal case study.

A number of initiatives aimed at assessing and building developing countries’ capacity to absorb climate finance at scale and to effectively utilise the same are underway. One such initiative in Kenya is the Angaza Project (Strengthening Civil Society Organisations (CSO) Advocacy for Improved Climate Change Governance in Kenya) that is spearheaded by the PACJA with the support of Department for International Development (DFID) through Deepening Democracy Program (DDP).

Angaza Project has three objectives, one of which is tracking and monitoring climate financing to ensure that the Exchequer budgetary allocations and other climate finance streams for climate change activities meet the needs of the most vulnerable communities and individuals at the frontline of climate change impacts. This work is to be spearheaded by the Climate Finance Working Group.

Specific Objective of the Meeting

  1. To train CSO on Green Climate Fund (GCF) with an aim of enhancing  their  capacity to develop bankable proposals and access funding
  2. To discuss and input to climate change Budgeting and coding Manual  which targets to enhance transparency in climate financing 

 

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