The Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) secretariat on a supervisory visit to Congo has established a good relationship with the local Government, from which it got blessings to continue to emphasize need for climate change mitigation among local communities.
The Secretariat team from Nairobi yesterday met Jean Christophe, the Director of Cabinet in Sangha Province of the Republic of Congo.
The Mr Christophe welcomed the PACJA team, which comprised of Charles Mwangi (Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Project Coordinator), Sella Wanjekeche (Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer) and Grace Njeri (Finance Officer) at his office in the Province.
The team is on a mission to supervise projects PACJA is doing in the grassroots with the support of World Bank.
Another team from the Secretariat was last week in Gabon for the same task, and returned with positive feedback, as the State supported the initiative by entrusting PACJA with $270,000.
The World Bank is supporting PACJA in a three-year project aimed at building the capacity of African Civil Society and Local Communities on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). The project approved on 14th March 2016 is funded under FCPF and ends on December 31, 2019.
The project is being implemented with engagement of selected Recipient Organizations, as agreed between World Bank and PACJA.
PACJA has been conducting capacity building activities through our national chapters and other selected CSO networks (in countries where PACJA does not have national chapters) through contracts or sub-grants. PACJA directly coordinates regional activities, with the aim of strengthening the knowledge of targeted civil society organizations and local communities of REDD+ and knowledge exchange at regional levels.
The team in Congo started the supervisory work on May 26th 2019 and leaves on May 30th.
The Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has spread its tentacles to Congo, where it has been encouraged to continue doing a good job in the African continent.
Through the support from Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) that is funded by World Bank, PACJA is supporting CIRECK (Cercle International de Recherches et d’etudes de Civilizations Bekwel), a civil society organisation in Ouesso Province in Congo, to raise awareness on REDD+ and climate change among communities. Up to 60 trainers have been trained and they are working in 48 villages across Ouesso.
Training materials and manuals have been translated into seven local languages for easy understanding of the idea by the local communities. A team from PACJA secretariat is currently visiting the organisation for capacity building and evaluation of the state of implementation of the project. CIRECK has created impact in the entire Ouesso and the local administration is supporting them in implementation.
The team visited the governor (Prefect) of Sangha Province, Tchicaya Jean Christophe, who is also the director of cabinet. Monsieur Tchicaya thanked PACJA for supporting REDD+ activities in the province and reiterated their support for CIRECK activities.
As a result of successes attained through REDD+ project supported by World Bank, CIRECK has received more support from World Conservation Society (WCS) to continue with awareness creation in Ouesso.
A resolve to take the fight against the climate crisis to the grassroots culminated into a meeting with Gabonese parliamentarians, in a workshop that lay ground for more prospects in the process of implementation of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) project.
The Network of Civil Society Organisations for Green Economy in Central Africa (ROSCEVAC), in partnership with the Panafrican Alliance for Climate Justice (PACJA Gabon), held a capacity building and awareness creation meeting with more than 27 Gabonese parliamentarians and another team of representatives from different institutions of interest in the REDD+ project implementation on Monday.
The meeting with the parliamentarians was key to PACJA and ROSCEVAC, as they represent the people and are the law/policy makers as well as opinion leaders locally.
This is in tandem with the objectives of the World Bank-funded REDD+ project that seeks to influence communities to be actively involved in reducing harmful emissions.
Speaking at the workshop, the ROSCEVAC Executive Chairman Nicente Moulombi underscored the importance of building the parliamentarians’ capacity on the climate change matter, saying it would help prepare Gabon as a country as it joins the REDD+ process by 2022.
Climate governance and development have remained key to PACJA and ROSCEVAC, both which are out to influence policy on the matter. At the workshop, the parliamentarians were urged to be actively involved in matters of the climate governance at the international platform, just as their equals in many other countries were, as they would help advocate for Africa’s interests in the climate policy matters internationally.
The legislatures urged PACJA and ROSCEVAC to focus beyond them, environment and nature protection commission, and approach the secretariat of the commission for better results on the REDD+ process.
PACJA’s Chair of Political and Technical Affairs Committee Augustine B Njamnshi thanked the participants for their attendance, contributions and vow to incorporate the REDD+ process as a critical issue in their dealings, not forgetting to outline the country’s commitment and participation at the international level on matters of climate crisis.
However, Fabrice Ntchango, the REDD+ Coordinator in Gabon, sought for consideration of Gabon’s involvement internationally “within the framework of justice”.
Earlier in the week, Mr Ntchango welcomed the PACJA Secretariat team to a forum to follow up on achievements made since the alliance was launched in the Central African country last year.
The team from Nairobi comprised of PACJA’s Mr Njamnshi, Salina Sanou, Gracia Mgaria and Charles Mwangi.
At the end of the first forum, a National Youth Movement with a focus on the climate crisis adaptation and mitigation was formed and PACJA Gabon entrusted with control of the State’s $270,000 for the REDD+ implementation process.
A study has established the opportunities and challenges Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) face in their quest for climate funding.
The Angaza Project conducted an in-depth analysis on climate finance flows in Kenya and established how CSOs can engage with government and the private sector for climate financing. According to the report, Kenya, like several other developing countries, depends on the economic support of developed countries to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. That economic support can only be felt if there is proper allocation of resources to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in addressing climate emergencies.
One of the main takeaways from the project funded by UKAID through Deepening Democracy Programme (DPP) and implemented Panafrican Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) was, however, that transparency is key in having proper allocation. There was found to be a need to create trust with funding partners, and to ensure the success of funded projects. Transparency in climate financing resource allocation can be improved through enhanced monitoring and tracking skills. The tracking process starts from engaging effectively with stakeholders at the county and grassroots level, especially during budget making process. The main goal is that by engaging from the beginning, bureaucratic delays and corruption can be avoided. At the same time, by monitoring climate finance flows, the capacity of county and local stakeholders to budget for climate projects is improved, considering the groups in the county are the most affected by climate change.
The report also works to enlighten communities, grassroots organisations, and the general population on access to climate funding available from bilateral and multilateral sources. By being aware of the climate related emergencies, and the availability of funding, it is expected to increase community involvement in the budget making process for climate change. Non-state actors are expected to work closely with National Designated Authorities (NDAs) and National Implementing entities like NEMA to ensure proper allocation of funding on key programmes that will enhance communities’ livelihoods. This will help bridge existing gaps in climate financing, hence connecting the international and national funds with the grassroots projects.
The report discovered that two thirds of the climate capital comes as loans, while a third comes as grants. While, two thirds of the funding is directly invested by the government in energy and infrastructure, the other third is managed by NGOs and the private sector and is typically invested in adaptation projects in the agricultural and water sectors. Therefore, agriculture and water are the biggest opportunity sectors because those projects tend to attract grants and are adaptational in nature.
While most Kenyan CSOs have the capacity to access the international climate finance landscape, they are not aware of it. However, the main barriers for CSOs to access the available funding are limited capacity of the county governments and grassroots organisations to develop viable projects. The other barrier is corruption. Consequentially, the main factor to get access to the different funds and grants is by planning for climate change from the national to the county level, linking individual projects with available funding.
The study encourages CSOs to work directly with stakeholders such as the Adaptation Fund, the Green Fund, and the Adaptation Consortium to prioritise and create a framework to track the Climate finance flows that are allocated into adaptation projects. This would help the decentralisation of funds, which would accelerate the mitigation and adaptation to the climate crisis.
The report concludes that the only way to secure climate funding is through capacity building of communities, leaders, youth, women and faith-based organisations on climate governance in order for them to access climate finance.
The Angaza Project is focused on capacity building for people in the grassroots.
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