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Ann Mwende

Ann Mwende

Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Training

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



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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.

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monitoring and evaluation visit to Tharaka Nithi County by project officers of UKAM.



Tharaka Nithi County, also known as TNC has two ecological zones:The highlands (upper zone) comprise of Maara and Chuka which receive adequate rainfall for agriculture.
The semi-arid (lower zone) covers Tharaka and receives less rainfall suitable for livestock production, This zone is characterized by poor methods of farming and soil conservation, charcoal burning and overgrazing that have left the earth bare and rocky. The sloping areas have experienced uncontrolled soil erosion, which has resulted in deep gullies across the landscape especially in Igamba Ngombe and Tharaka areas.
The drainage pattern consists of rivers and streams that have been rendered dry by human activity around the riverine areas. Excess sand harvesting in the lower regions and continuous tree cutting along river banks for charcoal and other activities have left most of the rivers and streams exposed and ultimately dry up due to overuse and misuse of the riverine resources.
PACJA with support from Trocaire under the UKAM project has worked with three Counties of Kitui, Embu and Tharaka Nithi governments to scale up their response to climate change through responsive legislation and policy. This is in addition to the practical demonstration of ways in which to practice sustainable agriculture and boost food security while conserving the environment and at the same time contributing to mitigating climate change.
At Igamba Ngombe Demonstration Farm, members of the project and local farmers are supported to learn modern and innovative ways on land use and the production of food through methods that conserve and promote the regeneration of resources for instance agro-ecology.
In Tharaka Nithi County, the legislative process has made some strides, at times the process has stalled due to various challenges but the push from PACJA has sustained the momentum and build up is heading towards the adoption and passing of the necessary legislation for the purposing of enhancing the Climate change response within the County.
This monitoring and evaluation visit revealed the progress made and some of the achievements that the project has recorded, in addition t the various challenges inherent in the project.


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