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PACJA is carrying out this MTR to analyse the achievements of the Project from inception to date against its original set objectives.

The MTR will be a forward-looking exercise and will capture lessons learnt and provide information on the nature, extent and where possible, the potential impact and sustainability of the Project.

The MTR will assess the programmes’ design, scope, performance of the program against planned results, implementation status and the capacity to achieve the expected outcomes. The MTR will analyze implementation challenges and best practices in order to come up with appropriate lessons learnt and recommendations that will inform the remaining implementation period.

Embu County in Kenya has been enlightened on the importance of having the climate change policy in place. A Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) team, in a meeting with the County Assembly’s Speaker Josiah Mureithi, said having the policies in place would position the devolved government at a strategic position to attract Green Climate Finances that would help mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.

The PACJA team paid the Speaker a courtesy call to fast track progress on the draft climate change policy for the county and to push for its submission to the County Assembly and debating.

Joan Kebenei, a Community Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation officer at PACJA, said there were many challenges facing the county, causing the need to hasten the policy making process.

The meeting acknowledged that many problems faced by the community, including food insecurity, especially between April and June, when stocks are depleted.

The PACJA team urged the Assembly to encourage Embu residents to grow long-term crops such as sugarcane, fruit trees, and cash crops; and short-term crops such as grains.

According to experts, maize productivity responds positively to favorable agro-ecological zones, soil drainage and depth, but performs poorly on silt soils. Sorghum productivity responds positively to favorable agro-ecological zone, but the effect of other time-invariant factors is insignificant.

The County Environment Committee Member Nicholus Ngece said he would mobilise members to pass the Bill to help fight for clean and safe environment, as well as food security.

The county was urged to mobilize resources for a retreat between July 8th and 12th 2019. The said retreat is to help to catalyze the push for the Bill to be passed by educating the MCAs on the importance of climate change adaptation.

World Environment Day Walk with other participants to sensitize involvement in reduction of Air Pollution

 

Wednesday June 5th 2019

 

Commemoration of the World Environment Day

The Pan-African Justice Alliance (PACJA) has marked this year’s World Environment Day with a resolve to spread its tentacles wider and further deeper into the grassroots to empower communities to fight the climate crisis through projects as well as have their voices heard at tables where climate related decisions are made.

With this in mind, PACJA gave this year’s World Environment Day focus through different lenses in its many platforms around Africa, all with a bearing on this year’s WED Theme: Beat Air Pollution.

PACJA’s Kenyan chapter, the (KCPG) focused on the role of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) have to play in the reduction of air pollution. In this regard, PACJA held a two-day workshop for more than 50 participants from the Kenyan Government, the Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE), the Youth for SDGs, to mention a few.

The training was successful, with Government-affiliated KIE promising to continue to support emerging enterprises through its partnership with PACJA.

 Elsewhere in Botswana, PACJA focused on the role People Living With Disabilities can play in reduction of Air Pollution. Botswana Climate Change Network (BCCN) commemorated the World Environment Day with Camphill Community Trust, raising awareness on the importance of protecting the environment by reducing air pollution through the greening of the young minds. The day started with a tree planting activity at Camphill Community Trust in Otse and brief talks centered on the theme.

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Still in the South, PACJA, through the Zambia Climate Change Network (ZCCN) commemorated the World Environment day in conjunction with several key partners, including the Government, UNDP, Zambia Environment Agency (ZEMA) and other member organisations. Besides, ZCCN got a desk to exhibit in a city about 400km from Lusaka as a National Platform and designed materials that ensured a successful event befitting the recognition from the Government.

To the west, in Nigeria, the PACJA platform first held a Town Hall Meeting on the Impact of black soot, a day before it joined in the World Environment Day celebrations. The meeting brought together stakeholders from Abuloma Ama community in Port Harcourt City Local Government area of Rivers State.

Black Soot is one of the major air pollutants in Rivers State and focus on it was in line with the theme “Beat Air Pollution” of the World Environment Day 2019. The platform used the meeting to sensitize and dialogue with the rural community members on their roles and responsibilities as concerns the environmental pollutions and how they can become advocates for climate-friendly environment.

The various individuals who participated in the community dialogue meeting will become the community champions for green development, enhancing the contribution and impact of the local residents through their various networks and constituencies.

The participants included youth organisations, women, traditional leaders, government, private sector and farmers (Fishermen/women) from Abuloma community in Port Harcourt City Local Government area of Rivers State.

On Wednesday, the D-Day, the Nigeria team joined in the march called by Swedish Teenager Greta Thunberg for schools strike, school students of the Department of Geography and environmental Sciences, University of Abuja on government to act against climate change. They advised the Government to include climate change in school curriculum.

The student climate change strike was observed around the world, and CSdevNet, PACJA and GIFSEP in collaboration with the University of Abuja school students made a peaceful walk around the school premises with placards and banners to show that they really care about the climate crises.

The Corte Devoire team was not left behind in marking the World Environment Day. They gave it a unique approach, starting with a students awareness activity for girls on the management of women's sanitary napkins, sensitisation of the populations of the municipality of Attécoubé on waste management; film projection (Home). This activity considered the feature film "Home". The film lasted 1 hour and 30 minutes and dealt with issues of causes, consequences and proposed solutions to better deal with climate crisis. The screening was followed by a discussion on climate justice and how to hold leaders to account in the fight against climate change.

There was also a door-to-door outreach to villagers in Anono on the management of their household waste.

Back in Gabon, there was a lot to follow, as Nicaise Moulombi, the Executive President of ROSCEVAC, led the team in screening of films and documentaries to champion green growth. This was followed by an interactive debate around the theme: "Health and Environment: What impacts from air pollution in the context of the fight against climate change in Gabon."

The floor was opened for those willing to discuss the World Environment Day theme; Beat Air Pollution.

For our Tanzania Chapter, the focus for this world environment day has been on waste management, with our platform targeting many players, including the media on their role in keeping the environment clean. The 3rd and 4th June activities included enlightenment on Control of solid waste, beautification of the city environment, Media contribution to environmental conservation. Resolutions and ways forward were made before the Wednesday celebrations.

All PACJA platforms had their individual messages written in English or French. There was also a common message from the secretariat to the grassroots printed on banners that were carried to the streets as the world celebrated the day.

PACJA Executive Director Mithika Mwenda later delivered a speech, at a Kenyan coastal city, where he joined a counties team to plant trees in marking the World Environment Day.

PACJA is a formidable Alliance of more than 1,000 Non-state actors in the African continent. It has fought the climate crisis from the legislation front for more than 10 years, with its biggest objective being to hold Governments to account on their commitments to climate change. A lot of mileage has been achieved on this front and more work continues to be done to reach greater heights.

PACJA has also been actively pushing for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). A recent supervisory tour by a team from PACJA’s secretariat in Nairobi has shown success in the attempt to penetrate the grassroots in Gabon, Cameroon, DRC Congo to mention a few.

 

PACJA Executive Director says there is need to enlighten organisations out to fight Climate Crisis about the opportunities out there about green climate funding.

PACJA has been holding such trainings in Kenya in collaboration with the country’s National Treasury, where there has been positive results, as individuals now get involved in decision making by contributing during budget discussions as well as having their input in national decisions on the same by knowing how to push their political representatives.

 

 

MESSAGE DU DIRECTEUR EXECUTIF DE PACJA LORS DE LA JOURNEE MONDIALE DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT

 Le thème de la Journée mondiale de l’environnement de cette année est : « Combattre la pollution de l’air», n’aurait pas été mieux placé. Le monde a pris conscience que la pollution de l'air, le tueur invisible, non seulement tue un bon nombre d’humain, mais nuit également à notre croissance économique.

 Que le dioxyde d'azote (NO2) puisse maintenant être lié à la mort de nombreux enfants ne devrait pas être simplement une alarme, mais une cause pour une action immédiate. Les gouvernements peuvent contrôler les émissions de gaz toxiques dans les embouteillages en améliorant les infrastructures et en appliquant des lois limitant le frelatage des carburants; en veillant à ce que les zones industrielles soient éloignées des zones résidentielles; en encourageant la plantation d'arbres pour l'échange de carbone; en impliquant de nombreuses PME, jeunes, femmes et tous les peuples autochtones dans REDD +. Nous devons avoir à l’esprit la nécessité pour nos familles d’être complètes. Nous avons besoin de personnes âgées, d'âge moyen, de jeunes et de petits enfants. Qui travaillera si ce tueur silencieux termine le travail qui est notre jeunesse et l'âge moyen? Qui occupera l'espace de nos parents vieillissants si nous laissons ce meurtrier silencieux réclamer leur vie? Comment pouvons-nous enterrer nos petits-enfants, alors que nous les obligeons à vivre et à prendre soin de nous quand nous vieillissons? Pourquoi devons-nous manger des aliments contaminés parce que l’air a pollué la nourriture de nos plantes, nos pluies et notre atmosphère? 

C’est pourquoi aujourd’hui, à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’environnement, rappelons-nous qu’il ne s’agit plus d’un simple problème d’effet du changement climatique, mais bien d’une crise à laquelle nous devons nous atteler dans les meilleurs délais. En parler seul donnera à nos jeunes sans emploi la possibilité de trouver un emploi.

 Le partenariat avec les volontaires et les mandatés est important, car seuls nous ne nous attaquerons pas à ce monstre. L'unité de but est importante, car divisés nous mourons tous. Nous avons besoin de tout le monde: chercheurs, académiciens, agriculteurs, femmes, enfants, médecins, politiciens, mécaniciens, PME, grandes industries, secteur de l'énergie ... TOUT LE MONDE !!

 L'engagement est également essentiel, car la pollution de l'air, comme toutes les autres menaces liées au changement climatique, s'engage à nous achever.

Oui, en tant qu’Afrique, nous pouvons souffrir pour les péchés commis par des pays plus développés, mais nous ne devons pas rester les bras croisés. Faisons quelque chose. En tant que PACJA, nous avons fait notre part sur le front de la justice climatique en poussant les gouvernements africains, par le truchement de leurs assemblées législatives, à élaborer et à mettre en œuvre des lois qui garantissent que leurs citoyens bénéficient du meilleur climat possible. Nous continuons à impliquer et à responsabiliser les consommateurs finaux des effets de la crise climatique à la base dans toute l'Afrique pour qu'ils agissent dans le cadre de la REDD + et poussent également leurs gouvernements en participant au processus de prise de décision.

En cette Journée mondiale de l'environnement, j'appelle tout le monde à nous rejoindre dans cette lutte. Vous et moi sommes nés pour vivre… et pour vivre longtemps. Ne donnons pas de place à ce tueur silencieux. Battre la pollution de l'air !!

 Je vous remercie.

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PACJA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ON THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

 This year’s World Environment Day theme, “Beat Air Pollution” could not have come at a better time. The world has come to the realisation that air pollution, the unseen killer, is not only killing the human lot, but also derailing our growth economically.

That Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) can now be linked to the death of many children should not just be an alarm, but a cause for immediate action.

Governments can control the emission of poisonous gasses in traffic jams by improving infrastructure and enforcing laws that restrict adulteration of fuels; by ensuring industrial areas are far from residential areas; by encouraging tree planting for the carbon exchange; by involving many SMEs, youth, women and all indigenous people in REDD+.

We must have in mind the need for our families to be complete. We need the elderly, the middle-aged, youth, and the little children. Who will work if this silent killer finishes the work force that is our youth and the middle-aged? Who will occupy the space of our aging parents if we let this silent killer claim their lives? How can we bury our little children, yet we bore them to live and take care of us when we age? Why must we eat contaminated food because the air has polluted our plants’ food, our rains and our atmosphere?

And so today, as we mark the World Environment Day, let’s remember, that this is no longer a mere climate change effect issue, but a crisis we must address with the urgency it deserves. Addressing it alone will provide opportunity for our jobless youth to get employment.

Partnership with the willing and the mandated is important, because alone, we will not tackle this monster. Unity of purpose is important, because divided we all die. We need everyone, researchers, academicians, farmers, womenfolk, children, doctors, politicians, mechanics, SMEs, big industries, the energy sector...EVERYONE!!

Commitment is also key, because the air pollution, like all other climate change threats, is committed to finish us.

Yes, as Africa, we may be suffering for the sins committed by more developed nations, but we must not sit and wait to die. Let us do something. As PACJA, we have done our part on the climate justice front by pushing African Governments through their legislatures to formulate and implement laws that ensure their citizens get the best of climate. We continue to engage and empower end consumers of the effects of climate crisis in the grassroots all over Africa to act in REDD+ and also push their governments by being parts of decision-making processes.

On this World Environment Day, I call upon everyone to join us in this fight. You and I were born to live… and to live long. Let’s not give space for this silent killer. Beat Air Pollution!!

 

Thank You.

 

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