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The Pan African Justice Alliance (PACJA) and CARE International on behalf of the implementing partners of the "Civil Society Organisations readiness to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) - focus Africa" project coordinated by German watch and CARE International, are organizing an Online Webinar to be held on WEDNESDAY, 30TH APRIL 2019 FROM 12:00 -13:30 NAIROBI TIME.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) offers an opportunity for Africa transformation towards climate change resilient livelihoods. Currently, 50% of all GCF approvals to date have been to Africa. A total of 36 GCF projects have been approved. GCF funding in Africa is $ 2.3 billion, whilst co-financing is $ 5.6 billion; the total number of readiness grant approved is 76, valued at $ 39.4 million. A number of African countries have managed to obtain large scale funding from the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Morocco, for instance, is implementing a USD 40 million project to prevent environmental degradation from Argan oil production, and Zambia is helping farmers adapt to climate change. Despite this picture, access to climate finance at scale remains one of the biggest challenges for African countries. This webinar thus looks at how GCF can be useful in meeting the climate finance gap in Africa.The webinar also looks at how to ensure that the CSOs are not left behind in the implementation of GCF financed projects.
1.      Welcome and facilitation - Hellen Njeri Kuria, PACJA

 2.     Understanding how the GCF can enhance the implementation of NDCs in Africa - Mr. Peter Taafa, Ministry of Planning & GCF Focal person In Nigeria.

3.     Case Presentations of GCF funded projects and the CSOs engagement experiences in Kenya & Zambia- Mr. Hillary Korir, Ministry of Finance,Kenya & Mr Steven Nyirenda, Zambia Climate Change Network

4.     A closing summary of discussions - Crispus Mugambi, CARE
International in Kenya.

This Webinar will be held online via the "GoToMeeting" platform to enable interested stakeholder to take part in the discussions. The"GoTo" software can be installed on all computers, laptops, smartphones and any related equipment. Please contact us if you face any technical issues when connecting. The platform allows audio/video participation and is accessible at this link:

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 11:00 - 12:30 CEST (Central European SummerTime,GMT+2)


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 We look forward to your positive response and involvement in the webinar.

The successful hosting of a first ever, Africa FCPF Regional Exchange Workshop in Kenya was the result of efforts by a number of players. Grateful appreciation is due to the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) in collaboration with the Mainyoito Pastoralist Integrated Development Organization (MPIDO) who hosted and supported the workshop and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) financial support. We especially acknowledge the Ministry of Environment and Forestry through the Kenya Forest Service for honoring the invitation to speak at the meeting.

Attached is the workshop report .

Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable forest management and enhancement of the carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+) is a financial incentive-based climate change mitigation initiative designed to compensate national governments and subnational actors in return for demonstrable reduction in carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (UNFCCC 2010). REDD+ can support countries in ensuring sustainable forest management, and provide incentives to address some of the main drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, such as slash-and-burn agriculture (shifting cultivation) and fuel wood consumption.


Attached is A case study review of  Cote D'ivoire, Mozambique & Cameroon .

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For the past three decades the world has become increasingly digitalised and thus providing climate change campaigners an added platform to share and shape public discourse on the issue.

According to ‘We Are Social’, 3.26 billion people use social media on mobile devices. As of January 2019, figures indicate  a growth of 297 million new users, which represents a year-on-year increase of more than 10 per cent.

An early and popular definition of social media states that it is an online structure where individuals use their own profiles to connect with other individuals by creating lists of friends’ profiles.

While original research on climate change communication focused on traditional media, such as news coverage of climate change and environmental campaigns in print, radio and television, academics are however increasingly turning their focus on the role social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram can play in advancing discussions around climate change in real-time.

Social media platforms provide a space for three important domains of climate change communication: information (awareness creation), mobilisation and discussion (with potential for behavioural change).

There is a wide range of possible roles social media can play in encouraging different attitudes and behaviours around climate change.

Social media platforms can be used by scientists, activists, and journalists to frame climate change discourses besides sharing the same among themselves and with ordinary people.Policymakers and academics can also use social media for climate change research.

In addition, social media platforms provide users with a space to discuss climate change issues. Scientists, activists and journalists use social media to interact with the public, who also use social media to criticize policies, as well as a means to crowdsource for news tip in their media coverage.

Further,  social media platforms have been used to coordinate rescue and relief operations in the aftermath of climate change-related disasters, as well as to organize movements and campaigns about climate change.

Increasingly, social media is being seen as particularly valuable tool due to being a fast or  even immediate, integrative, and cheap multimedia (compared to alternatives).

As such, social media should be beneficial for social and political actors, and therefore for climate change experts.

Social media communication can act as a trusted source of climate change information for publics, as well as a trigger and means for controversy and contestation, so research impacts are important in maintaining the quality of information and discussion available through social media. In this way, it is possible for organisations such as the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance to make  science public and  improve the culture of social media climate change communication.

 BY Maryann Mwende.

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