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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 00:00

KPCG reviews progress of projects

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The Kenya Platform on Climate Governance (KPCG) has documented the outcomes of the activities of different projects it implemented at national and county levels throughout the year.

The Kenyan platform of the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) held a meeting at Ngong Hills Hotel in Nairobi, with each of its thematic working groups presenting their achievements for projects undertaken and reviewing challenges and opportunities.

Speaking at the event, in which she represented the Executive Director Mithika Mwenda, PACJA Head of Programmes Salina Senou commended KPCG for being vibrant.

David Jesse, the CEO of the KPCG, gave a brief history of the platform. “PACJA, through the Angaza Project, was able to come up with KPCG,” he said, adding that the platform would not relent in its efforts to fight for adaptation to and mitigation of effects of climate change, guided by the five thematic working groups. “As CSOs we need to engage the government more,” said Jesse.

Jesse, however, expressed the need to firm up the membership process to lock out jokers.

Dickson Kithinji, the Angaza Project Assistant, took the participants through the steps of packaging their outcomes. Some of the outlined outcomes of the working groups are listed below:

  1. Enhanced tree cover (indigenous and fruits) in Meru, Mbagathi, Kiambu, Kisaju and Nairobi
  2. More people have embraced the use of clean energy. Clean energy campaigns that include walks and cycling, are some of the strategies used to reach out to the people
  3. There is an adaption of green buildings as seen in Nairobi
  4. County officials are embracing climate change and showing interest in taking part in reducing the greenhouse emissions, which is in line with the Paris Agreement
  5. There was also an increased willingness of different county blocs to press their governments to pledge financial resources towards climate.

Collins Oduor, the Voice for Change Partnerships (VFCP) project undertaken by the platform, enlightened the audience about his project. “We work with pastoral and marginalised communities in different thematic areas to build Climate Change Governance,” he said. Mr Oduor urged Kenyans to conserve their environments for the sake of all, including pastoral communities whose livelihoods totally depended on the environment.

Oduor expressed possibilities VFCP collaborating with KPCG to tackle climate change issues in Kenya.

Yvonne Maingi, a representative from the Department for International Development (DFID) who has been contracted to review the project, was the chief guest.

KPCG has five thematic working groups, namely:

  1. Adaptation
  2. Mitigation
  3. Gender, Youth and Marginalised
  4. Technology Transfer, Knowledge Management and Capacity Building
  5. Climate Finance

Reflection on the Climate Change Negotiations: Where we are and expectations from the African Civil Society

We join the African Governments and experts here in Bonn for the SB50, with very disturbing memories of recent impacts of extreme events in Africa, especially in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The African continent is under extreme pressure more than ever due to these extreme events, and the most affected are countries with existing capacity and development challenges. The Africa Civil Society calls for urgent climate action and support to addressing such extreme calamities. In Katowice last year, we called for a comprehensive and balanced Paris Agreement Work Programme that upholds equity, justice and act as an anchor in the Paris Agreement’s implementation to be delivered, but this ambition is not yet realised.

We, therefore, expect: -

Loss and Damage: We call for the commitment in the implementation of the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage and need a predictable a financing approach for Loss and Damage in Africa. Africa continues to suffer enormous economic losses in billions of dollars as a result of climate change impacts, coupled with un-costed social losses due to climate-induced displacement of persons, thus triggering conflicts. In Mozambique, 3 million people are affected, with estimated USD 1.4 billion in total damage, and USD 1.4 billion in losses. The recovery and reconstruction is estimated to be 2.9 billion USD. In Malawi, the president has declared a state of national disaster due to devastating floods, where more than the lives of 870,000 people are affected. A post-disaster assessment done by World Bank and UNDP indicate around USD 222 million is needed for the recovery. In addition, in Zimbabwe El Nino induced drought has affected 5.3 million and 234 million is required to avert hunger. It is worrying to keep hearing the answer for loss and damage as insurance, this might be possible in developed countries but NOT in developing countries especially in Africa, this is a far-fetched dream.

Climate Finance

We expect climate finance to continue to be a critical issue of negotiations. We expect a clear roadmap for fulfilment of climate finance commitment of USD 100 billion per year by 2020 should be agreed, the commitment should include towards an ambitious Green Climate Fund (GCF) replenishment. Parties should also agree to discuss a new post-2025 quantified climate finance goal from the floor of USD 100 billion. Unless there is a direct and explicit linkage between Article 9.5 and 9.7 and Article 13, much of this exercise will be a cosmetic display without any meaningful assessment of support provided. As the African Civil Society, we believe that the accounting modalities to be used by developed country Parties on financial resources provided and mobilized through public interventions via the transparency framework must reflect the information provided in the biennial indicative communication of support.

 Adaptation

Adaptation is a core element of the Paris Agreement, there is a need to have clear outcome that allows for operationalization of Adaptation component of the agreement that allows for enhancing flows of support to adaptation actions of developing countries. There is a need for a clear outcome that will enable the operationalization of the adaptation communication with clear and consistent information that will enable assessment of overall progress towards the achievement of the global goal for adaptation.

 Mitigation

We should reach clear options on issues pertaining scope of NDC’s mitigation, further action on information on clarity and understanding without leading to diluting the clear flexibility and differentiation in the NDCs between developed and developing countries as per article 4.3 with clear outcomes with developed countries to take the lead on mitigation actions, and developing countries using the enhanced means of implementation to raise their ambition.

Agriculture

Agriculture is a key economic driver in Africa. We welcome the progress achieved to date by adoption of decision 4/CP.23 on the Konrovia Joint Work Programme (KJWA) representing a major step forward in the negotiations on agriculture under the UNFCCC. Its implementation will require joint efforts from both subsidiary bodies, as well as from constituted bodies under the Convention and other relevant stakeholders. We recognise the importance of the Koronivia joint work on agriculture to provide recommendations on building the resilience of agricultural and food production systems, and sustainable and predictable access to adequate means of implementation, in particular technology transfer and financing that is predictable and adequate.

Capacity Building: We emphasise that there is need to build long-term capacity among developing countries which includes strengthening capacity of climate change institutions.; capacity building should at all times be focused on the needs of countries and driven by countries. Further, capacity building should adopt a multi-stakeholder approach, including all stakeholders and supportive legislation to facilitate this. We call for provision of support to the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), setting aside of additional resources and meeting of existing voluntary contributions pledges. We further call for provision of financial resources to support country driven capacity building initiatives.

Gender: We note the importance of gender considerations in policies that supports activities on adaptation, mitigation, finance, technology development and transfer, including capacity building, and we acknowledge the progress made in implementing decisions on gender under the Convention. We call for Parties to increase their efforts in ensuring that women are represented in all aspects of the Convention process, and gender mainstreaming is achieved in all processes, and activities of the Convention.

Finally, we are calling on parties here in Bonn, Germany to fresh energy and push the negotiations towards concrete outcomes that will address this grave concern to Africa. The world is watching our ambition in implementation of the Paris Agreement as it will determine whether we are serious in addressing the climate change problem or it’s a mere rhetoric.

 

Leading world agricultural experts, scientists, value chain actors, farmers and policymakers arrive in Nairobi next week to chart the way forward on how to substantially and sustainably reduce the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in the African continent. The PanAfrican Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) is an interested party in anything biodiversity because of their interconnectedness with climate change and all the issues around it.

PACJA representatives therefore attended a meeting today in Nairobi, for the Press and partners’ briefing on the conference that will also discuss the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and define strategies for increasing the uptake of agroecological programmes and initiatives at the 1st International Conference on Agroecology Transforming Agriculture & Food Systems in Africa.

The event will be hosted by the World Food Preservation Centre (WFPC), IFOAM Organics International (IFOAM) and Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) and their local and international partners.

The partners aim to facilitate the establishment of truly sustainable food and agriculture systems in Africa. The three-day conference, will take place at the Safari Park Hotel from June 18th to 21st, 2019. The official opening ceremony will take place on June 18th, 2019 from 8.30am – 1pm.

The theme is: “Reducing Synthetic Fertilizers and Pesticides by Scaling up Agroecology and Promoting Ecological Organic Trade.”

The other purpose of the conference is to facilitate the establishment of truly sustainable food and agriculture systems in Africa and sharing of the FAO Scaling up Agroecology Initiative for introduction in Eastern Africa. The conference will also showcase opportunities to scale up Ecological Organic domestic and regional trade in East Africa.

The Conference will bring together over 500 participants and 30 exhibitors from various countries who have a strong interest in the growth and development of the agroecological sector. These include policy makers, representatives from various Ministries and counties, leaders of civil society organisations, practitioners, development partners and the academia. Key value chain actors including local producers & smallholder farmers have also confirmed participation. Further, the Conference has confirmed attendance of internationally renowned high-profile speakers including; Dr Josefa Sacko (AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture), Prof Gilles Eric Seralini from France, Prof. Hans Herren from USA, Prof. Tyrone Hayes from USA, Dr. Judith Carmen from Australia, Prof Ratemo Michieka from Kenya, Dr Million Belay from Ethiopia and Dr Darcy Ogada from Kenya.

“We are humbled and honoured to host this important event which is coming at a time when there is a growing interest in agroecological initiatives because they are increasingly seen as part of an innovative and sustainable response to the challenges facing our food and agriculture systems,” Dr David Amudavi, Executive Director, Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT), said at the event.

“IFOAM is delighted to be partner in this conference. As global change agent for true sustainability in agriculture we aim for a board adoption of agroecological practices in line with the principles of organic agriculture. This conference sets out the important landmarks for transformation of agriculture so that it serves people and planet, instead of the chemical input industry, said Louise Luttikholt, Executive Director, IFOAM Organics International.

From a Kenya country perspective, this conference will provide an opportunity for learning and sharing of experiences amongst various actors in the sector with a view to stimulating, promoting and advocating for increased systematic achievements of the Big Four Agenda, especially Agenda 4 on food security.

The overall aim of the event is to facilitate the establishment of truly sustainable food and agriculture systems in the continent.

The media and partners’ briefing meeting was held at a Nairobi hotel today.

Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:00

PACJA joins other CSOs in fight against coal plant

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The Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) joined Kenyans from all walks of life to protest Government’s plan to build a coal powered energy plant in Lamu.

PACJA was part of the Civil Society Organisations that braved the chilly morning in Nairobi, waving placards and banners with messages such as “Say NO to Coal”.  While giving his speech at the peaceful demonstrations, PACJA Executive Director Mithika Mwenda asked the Government to rethink its stand on the Lamu project and save the biodiversity. He told Kenyans to refuse the construction of the plant and instead push for safer and renewable energy.

The Coal plant, according to a report released by an American firm, if completed, is set to cost Kenya more than $9 billion. This is nearly thrice the amount used to construct the SGR that cost the taxpayer $3.6 billion. Most countries have abandoned coal-powered energy and opted for those with minimal carbon emission.

Some of the harmful effects of coal, as put by the protestors are increased greenhouse gas emissions, production of harmful toxin during burning. Some of the gases have been known to cause ailments like cancer and asthma. Other disadvantages of having a coal plant are environmental degradation, risk of mines collapsing on miners, displacement of communities, pollution of water bodies and soil as rain water mixes with toxic substances and get absorbed.

Coal is combustible, and the threat of fire is never too far away. The fact that it cannot be renewed is discouraging, as it easily becomes a stranded asset.

In his speech, Mr Mwenda said: “Coal, as one of the fossil fuel-based energy source, is enemy number one of any signatory to the Paris Agreement.”

“It would be pretentious of Kenya to sign the international agreement with one hand, and erase it with the other,” he added.

Charles Mwangi, the PACJA Thematic Lead for Resilient People Society and Economies said: “We have geothermal energy and we have not even exploited 10 per cent of it”.

The march began at Freedom Corner to Nyayo House, in the city centre, where the media were briefed. The message was directed at Kenya’s Energy minister Charles Keter.

 The march was to extend to the Chinese Embassy, but protesters’ procession was disrupted midway by police officers at the Harlingum round about.

The CSOs vowed to return and complete their mission.

The Coal plant case is set to be heard on Thursday June 20th June 2019.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 00:00

STOP THE KILLER LAMU COAL ENERGY PROJECT

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Today I stand here to express my solidarity with the Lamu community, and to pour my heart on the visible yet ignored disaster Kenya, as a country, is about to plunge into.

 It has all to do with the Lamu Coal Project, which, apparently, slowly but surely, is turning into another source of the current government’s controversial investment choices.

 The ability to generate more energy from to supplement our main source, hydropower, would be a plus for Kenya. Having sufficient energy would definitely spur the country’s economy. And we all want an economically stable Kenya, with sustainable energy so that more industries can be started and our jobless youth get employed.

 Yet, even as we focus on the economic gains of whatever source of energy, we must not forget the importance of a sound ecology, as well as sustainability and affordability.

 

The intention to have a coal power plant in Lamu is both economically and ecologically disastrous.

 

Kenya is one of the 196 signatories to the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that vowed in 2015 to mitigate greenhouse gas emission, and transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient, green economic development pathways. Coal, as one of the fossil fuel-based energy source, is enemy number of any signatory to the Paris Agreement.

It would be pretentious of Kenya to sign the international agreement with one hand, and erase it with the other, turn a blind eye to the mess the country is about to be exposed to both economically and otherwise, despite knowing very well that coal is one of the highest emitters of carbon gas to the atmosphere, locally, and worldwide. Even if we were to go clean on coal, as some climate-denier countries and corporations want to convince us, we would not dodge carbon emission.

 But why would Kenya commit to an international agreement only to return home to do the opposite? The purpose of being part of the Treaty was to contribute to the overall reduction in poisonous emission for the benefit of those at the frontline of the cimate crisis, including smallholder farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolk, forest communities in Kenya and world over, whose livelihoods have been turned upside down due to the climate-inspired weather events caused by unsustainable development choices.

 The idea of having a three-unit, 981-megawatt (MW) coal power plant in Lamu for purposes of injecting to the national grid must be supported with facts, and the realities surrounding it laid bare.

Kenyans must not let a few individuals kill both our economy and ecology as they strive to get rich quick.

 Already a report released by the American Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) paints a grim picture of the Lamu Project that is yet to start, expressly calling for its disbandment.

 According to the report, the deal signed between the Kenyan Government and several local and international firms to play different roles in the acquisition of coal powered energy, is bound to sink the country deeper into debts of at least Sh900 million ($9 billion).

 And whether Kenya gets the required energy from the Sh200 billion ($2 billion) plant or not, the nature of the contract has it that the country would be locked in a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) in which it would be the loser.

 Coal sourced energy should always be cheaper than all other energy sources, not a rip-off. Not when Kenya is grappling with debts, both domestic and foreign, running into trillions of shillings, and corruption scandals hitting our headlines everyday.

 But why put the country through all that trouble when many other countries are opting for cleaner and more renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar? Kenya has a huge Geothermal, solar and wind supply that focusing on the same would be more sustainable than knowingly contributing to global warming through coal mining.

 We must tell the people that renewability is a forgotten issue when it comes to coal powered energy, coal will be a stranded asset very soon, and that is not what we promised in the UNFCCC Agreement.

Kenyans and the Government must know that continuing with the Lamu Project would not only expose populations to more debts for a non-renewable source of energy, but also adversely negatively affect the fragile ecosystem of Lamu, a UNESCO Heritage site of immense importance to our tourism and local culture.

Good health for the people living nearest to the coal plant, and the many workers that would be involved, is not guaranteed, with dust and smoke causing several respiratory and other ailments, including asthma and cancer. And where does one dispose of the coal ash from the mines?

The possibility of having acid rain following mixture of rain water with gas emitted from the mines will mess our rivers and eventually the Indian Ocean and the more than 60 archipelagos Lamu boasts of, which would be dangerous for aquatic creatures, plants, humans and our tourism sector.

How does an economy grow when you kill its pillars like the people and their mainstay, which is fishing and tourism?

We must not forget that coal mining will introduce mercury and other harmful metal into our systems.

Who will help the poor people of Lamu and the Kenyans and foreigners that will be affected by the project if we do not talk?

Who will pay the debts the country is exposing us to if we do not stop this now.

I call upon the Government of Kenya to give this Lamu Project another look and face the reality. According to the IEEFA report, even the gains expected from the Lamu Project have been overtaken by events, and there will be no value for money if the Government insists on going on with it.

Action must be taken. The Lamu project must be stopped. We thank the investors, and particularly the African Development Bank, who have turned down the request from the Kenyan Government to fund this poisonous Project. We warn others, especially the Chinese, to read the signs of time and give up.

 We have no other lives. Let’s save and protect lives.

The Lamu Coal is rendering the communities around and the county at large inhabitable, or just fall into a death trap.

Just stop it. Coal mining is not cool.

 

Mithika Mwenda

 

Executive Director

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance

Background

The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) was established in December 1985 following a conference of African ministers of environment held in Cairo, Egypt. Its mandate is to provide advocacy for environmental protection in Africa; to ensure that basic human needs are met adequately and in a sustainable manner and to ensure that social and economic development is realised at all levels.

Regular sessions of AMCEN have been convened every second year since its inception. In addition, several special sessions have been convened in between regular sessions to consider specific issues of concern.

The Seventeenth Regular Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) will take place from 19th to 23rd August, 2019, in South Africa. The Conference will be held under the theme "Taking action for Environmental Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa". The meeting of the Senior Officials/Experts will take place from 19th to 21st August, 2019 and the Ministerial Session from 22 to 23 August, 2019.

PACJA’s participation in AMCEN

PACJA recognises this regional meeting as an opportunity to shape discussions on environmental sustainability, as it links to the SDGs and the Paris Agreement, and towards ensuring that decisions taken reflect the need of the African people as represented by CSOs. To this effect, PACJA will be spearheading a number of events both pre- and during AMCEN to meet its objective. The following are the key meetings that PACJA will be leading:

The Regional Multi-stakeholder consultations will be held from 17th to 18th August. The consultations aim to engage civil society organisations and other stakeholders to contribute effectively in the AMCEN conference.  

The engagement of multi-stakeholder organisations in the Conference is based on: 

  1. The need to reinforce the visibility and impact of the UN Environment Assembly in the context of the follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the global and regional levels, including the high-level political forum and the Regional Forums on Sustainable Development convened by the UN Regional Commissions.
  2. The need to harmonise the regional environmental agenda through AMCEN, with the global agenda through UN Environment Assembly (UNEA).
  3. The need to include Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) and non-state actors in decision-making processes and the implementation of AMCEN and UNEA decisions.

FCPF Africa Regional Workshop: African civil society and IPs are key stakeholders in the RCM and it is crucial that they are involved in order to contribute to a common African agenda through sharing experiences and giving recommendations on how to advance the regional environmental agenda, especially through REDD+.

The FCPF REDD+ project will hold a meeting prior to the AMCEN meeting in order to exchange knowledge and create a platform to expand conversations and broaden partnerships around REDD+ readiness processes while at the same time contributing towards the AMCEN agenda.

Participants will engage in a one day workshop on 19th August and then participate in the main AMCEN conference from 20th to 22nd August, 2019.

Expression of interest to participate in AMCEN

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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.

Event Organization

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.

 

 

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 00:00

SMES CHALLENGED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

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Kenyans braved the wet and chilly morning to walk and cycle in commemoration of World Environment Day yesterday.

Minimum gas emission was the emphasis, in accordance with this year’s World Environment Day theme-Beat Air Pollution.

The activities in Nairobi yesterday were organized by the Nairobi County Governmet, the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya, Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), UN, Nema and several other organizations championing climate justice.

The walk and cycling ended at the Railway Training Institute with a tree planting exercise.

Several workshops to mark the day were held, with one organized by the PanAfrican Climate Justice Alliance urging SMEs and the youth to grab opportunities in regards to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Some of the ideas deliberated at the workshop organised by PACJA in partnership with Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE) were that the youth could set up green buildings, push for syllabuses to cover climate issues and be able to capacity-build through environmental clubs, which is in line with SDG 4.

Of key focus was SDG 8, which has to do with Policy formulation and implantation and to increase advocacy and awareness on climate crisis.

The other one in focus was SDG 12, which entails recycling wastes and campaign towards achieving that. Bearing in mind that that we could have a world where everyone gets what he or she needs to survive and thrive.

On SDG 16 – To come up with Innovations that promote accountability and transparency in job creation and employment.

SDG 3 – To invent a mobile app providing information on diet, proper feeding habits and having a balanced diet.

Patel Suresh, representing KEPSA and KAM, said: “The best opportunity we can have as SMEs is agriculture.” He also asked why we Kenyans were importing products that could be made locally. They include glucose, which is made from cassava.

“We depend on resources to meet our needs,” said Michael Okok, representing NETFUND. “We all want a verity of needs and they come from the environment,” He added.

Mr Okok said that green growth is using our resources without passing the planetary boundaries. He gave examples of green inventory like “Ecoblocks & Tiles Limited” who use waste to make tiles for building, Qtron, Industries who recycle wastes for building 

Patel also challenged PACJA to lead the process in partnering with flower farms. He also challenged the attendees not to start a product that do not have a market. “You need to think beyond normal ideas,” He exclaimed. He told everyone to find a gap on the green market and implement it.

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