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The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance in collaboration with SNV Netherlands Development Organization organized a one day workshop at Ngong hills Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop was aimed at sensitizing PACJA partners on the funding mechanisms available locally and globally with regards to climate change related initiatives and equipping them so as that they are able to come up with bankable proposals especially for the GCF funding and creating awareness on existing policies both in the counties and national level that support the access to climate finance from various sources.

 The workshop audiences were Trocaire Partners, Voices for change project CSCOs (V4CP), Kenya Platform For climate Governance (KPCG). Ms. Olivia Adhiambo, Programmes Manager at PACJA took participants through the evolution of climate governance laws and policies from 1964 to date including the local policies, which are reflected in the Kenyan constitution. Mr. Chrispus Njeru, a Programme Officer at CARE International was next and he facilitated a session on Green Climate Fund access. Finally Dr. Ann Omambia from NEMA took participants through how to access the adaptation fund managed by NEMA.

 The final session was a group work exercise where participants (grouped based on their areas of work) were requested to come up with possible project areas from which they will attempt putting up proposals for the GCF and Adaptation fund going forward.

PROPOSED PROJECT AREAS FOR GCF FUNDING

 GROUP 1: Voices for change partners

  1. ) Water harvesting and livestock feeds (Targeting communities in Marsabit
  • Establishment of water harvesting areas which include water pans, earth dams etc.
  • Fodder growing initiatives
  • For partners working in ASAL areas like Marsabit, the communities they work with are pastoralists and hence move in search of pasture. Since the men are the ones who normally move, the women left behind will be in-charge of managing the fodder growing initiatives.
  • Implemented using their traditional adaptation systems to enhance ownership

      b) Food safety

Proposed food security initiatives are aimed at succeeding the current project funded by SNV that is almost ending. Initiatives will include;

  • Development of County food safety plans to mitigate the issue of food loss. Currently, food loss is estimated at 50%.
  • Promote clean cooking initiatives e.g. promotion of solar pans in arid counties to generate energy for domestic use.

Contact person for follow up: Caroline Langat

 GROUP 2: EMBU TEAM

While coming up with areas for funding, they were guided by what is already existing at the County level i.e. the CIDP and the big 4 agenda. Proposed project areas include;

A)Building up on already existing projects

  • Projects around sustainable natural resource management practices.
  • Collective marketing targeting chicken and livestock to promote sustainability.
  • Promotion of drought tolerant crops (targeting crops with high nutrition value) e.g. cowpeas and sorghum.
  • Fodder crop production for animals

 

B)Research component

  • Research around livestock and crop production. How best agroforestry and deforestation can be promoted among communities.

C)Food security

  • Soil and water conservation structures i.e. encouraging communities to adopt dry land farming practices e.g. zip its, sunken beds etc.
  • Water harvesting;
    • Earth dams and small water pans
    • Constructing mega dams i.e. along seasonal and permanent rivers.
    • Protection of water catchment areas including rivers
    • Regeneration of riparian areas using bamboo

D)Sustainable NRM

  • Promoting establishment of tree nurseries and kitchen gardens at village / community levels.
  • Introduction of common labor groups for NRM since some initiatives are labor intensive and cannot be undertaken by a few people.
  • Sustainable charcoal production as an alternative source of livelihood.

Contact person for follow-up: Nicholas Ngece 

 

GROUP 3: THARAKA NITHI TEAM

A)Food security

  • Rain water harvesting for micro irrigation
  • Promoting poultry production
  • Promoting planting of fruit trees

B)Environmental conservation

  • Trees planting
  • Encouraging cover crops
  • Diversification of crops
  • Promoting use of non-timber products

C)Food conservation

  • Planting drought tolerant crops
  • Post - harvest management
  • Promote growing and utilization of orphaned traditional crops

Contact person: Mwende

 

 GROUP 4: KPCG

Proposed projects include;

  • Afforestation / agroforestry
  • Climate smart agriculture
  • Solar energy installations
  • Establishment of community resource centers
  • Agro-ecology

 

Contact person - Cheboi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 00:00

Statement by the Civil Society

Written by

Augustine Njamnshi

Thank you for this honor and the special place given to the African civil society with the holding of this forum.

Let me begin by acknowledging the distinguished dignitaries present here today:

  • Vice President Blanke
  • Vice President Khaled
  • Honorable Minister Oumarou from Niger
  • Director Moungar
  • Executive Director Dieye

It is indeed an honor for me to share this platform with all of you. It is exactly a decade since the Bank started organsing this event and this is therefore a forum with a difference.. This is a testament of our collective commitment to an integrated and prosperous Africa; and a recognition of the role that the civil society must play in this project.

Dear Colleagues of the African Civil Society,

Dear partners of Africa and the African Civil Society

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen,

The Pan-African consciousness has always sought to strengthen the bonds that tie us as descendants of this great continent. Wherever we find ourselves, the pan Africanism doctrine prompts us to recognize and celebrate our shared heritage and values as a people. More importantly, it rallies us around a common destiny of togetherness and prosperity.

The case for a united Africa has been stated over the decades, most times by people more gifted in these matters than I. But no one – in my humble opinion – captures its pertinence more than the author Thabiso Daniel Monkoe, who once said: “The reason why lions hunt successfully as a pride, is reason enough for Africans to unite.”  That means if pride were  the only reason we must unite, then we are duty-bound to do so.

Pan-Africanism and African unity and integration are all central to the thematic issues we will be discussing at this gathering. I dare to argue that an integrated and prosperous Africa is unattainable without first uniting its peoples and transcending the boundaries that have been carved for use by others. Yes, by boundaries, I mean those carved for us, and without us in Berlin in 1884.

We must realize, more than ever before, that the forces militating against our collective good are many, strong and unrelenting. Some are from outside. The consequences of the colonial and neo colonial agenda still trap Africa in dependency. Some are from within. We are yet to accept ourselves as brothers and sisters. The spate of xenophobia in countries like South Africa is counter-productive to the unity we seek. It is unimaginable that as we talk integration, thousands of my own countrymen and women are beaten and thrown out of their homes and workplaces almost every year in places like Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Being a “foreign African” has become an undesirable status in many African countries. Colleagues, sometimes we over blame the Berlin conference that partitioned Africa. Surely the physical boundaries of Africa were determined there in Berlin and there is nothing we can now do about that. The good news is that our minds were not partitioned there as well.

“Integration and economic prosperity” is not a goal that can be achieved without first overcoming these forces. It is not something that can be gotten through institutional and policy arrangements only. We must transcend big politics and begin to build in Africans a sense of belonging. The pangs of hunger, disease, natural calamities and deprivation are all too strong, and we cannot to these add disunity, the lack of solidarity and outright hate for each other. When Nigerian, a Zambian, a Zimbabwean, a Malawian is taken out of his home and mercilessly beaten in South Africa; when a Cameroonian or a Senegalese is taken and sold as a slave in Libya for less than $400, it is not foreign forces that are doing that. It is us!!

Ladies and gentlemen,

The welfare of the African, irrespective of age, sex or creed, should guide our actions. What are roads, bridges, power lines, large farms and an accumulation of wealth if they do not contribute to the collective good and instill a sense of being in the African citizen. May I take this opportunity, to express my personal gratitude and that of the civil society to the leadership of African Development Bank, for its proactive and timely action it took in assisting some countries of the southern African region that were hard hit by cyclones and floods.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am the first to admit that the work that needs to be done to achieve an integrated and prosperous Africa is enormous. Governments on their own will not succeed. That is why it is useful that all actors put their hands on the plough.

The African civil society is ready to play its role. More than ever before, it is capable of tackling most of the many challenges facing this continent. Over the last decades, the African Civil Society landscape has undergone tremendous transformation and is rich in experience and expertise. Use us. Use us well beyond consultative roles.

This partnership is bound to produce wins for both governmental and non-governmental organizations. Above all, it is bound to propel Africa forward and help us all attain the future we desire.

Let me again note that the African civil society is willing and capable of building an integrated and prosperous Africa. USE US.

Thanks for your kind attention.

 

 

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:00

AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK 2019 CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM

Written by

International Community School of Abidjan (ICMA), on behalf of Cote Di’voire national civil society coalition, together with other stakeholders from government institutions, research and academia seeks to hold a one day workshop to discuss and build consensus on addressing climate-induced migration, building climate resilience and regional integration for Africa’s economic prosperity. The forum under the theme “Engaging Civil Society in Regional Integration for Africa’s Economic Prosperity” will be held on 8th May in, Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

In 2018, the UN Security Council recognized the adverse effects of climate change and ecological changes among other factors on the stability of West Africa and the Sahel region, including through drought, desertification, land degradation and food insecurity, and emphasized the need for adequate risk assessments and risk management strategies by governments and the United Nations relating to these factors.

The African Development Bank, together with other important intergovernmental institutions have responsibility to build support communities at the frontline of climate-induced weather events build resilience to reduce instances of relocating or being uprooted as they compete for declining resources such as water and grass to feed livestock. A failure to meet this responsibility could significantly strain regional stability and thus result to its inability to achieve its ambition to “integrate Africa”.

The objectives of the meeting include;

  1. To discuss the impacts of climate-induced migration on the overall African integration agenda
  2. To highlight the role the African Development Bank, as the premier Investment Institution can play in the integration of climate change and development strategies and programs in countries
  3. To make recommendations on what the Bank and other financial institutions can play in building climate resilience for people, communities and economies in Africa for accelerated integration.

 

 

Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance(PACJA) with support from SNV Netherlands Development Organisation are organizing a training workshop targeting Voice for Change Project partnership(V4CP) Civil Societies(CSOs) to equip them with information on a variety of climate change financing mechanisms, development of bankable climate change proposals and governance in climate change. The one day workshop will be on 6th of May.

Among the climate change funding mechanisms available today is The Green Climate Fund (GCF) which is a newly established fund financial Mechanism under the UNFCCC – Paris Agreement along with Adaption Fund & GEF, created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. GCF helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a new global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. Its helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change as well as seek to promote a paradigm shift to low-emission and climate-resilient development pathway, taking into account the needs of nations that are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts.

Despite the fact that there is a diversity of funding mechanism in this discourse, many communities, civil societies and even county government are either unaware of the availability of these mechanisms or they have no idea how to apply for the funding.

 The objectives of the training workshop are to:

  1. Sensitize the V4CP CSOs on the climate change funding mechanism available in the country and globally
  2. Build the capacity of V4CP CSOs on development of bankable climate change proposals especially on GCF
  3. Expose the CSOs to existing policy frameworks at national and county level that support access to climate finance from various sources.

 

PACJA through the Trocaire support project on promoting Community Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation in Drought-affected Communities in Kitui, Tharaka-Nithi and Embu will facilitate community and Natural Resource Management Groups (NRM) to participate in the 2019/2020 financial year to give their recommendations to the draft budget before being adopted in June. The meeting will be held In Embu County on the 25th and 26th April.

Although Kenya has put in place legal instruments and policy frameworks to foster public participation in the budgetary process at the county level, these have not been implemented fully by the county governments. The policy and legal instruments also provide broad policy statements with very little specifics with regards to how and when public participation is supposed to take place.

Resistance towards the politics of participation, inadequate transparency of the budget information, and lack of structured mechanism for participation are some of the challenges affecting public participation as stated by Economic and Social Rights Centre (2013). It Because of this, that majority  of the citizen and especially the poor are still not effectively participating in making budget decisions and policies that are meant to address high levels of poverty and inequality that are seen in Kenya especially the county governments.

On 25th April PACJA will hold a capacity building and sensitization forum to make the community and NRM Groups understand the budgeting process, and take them through what to contribute in the public hearing forums.

On 26th April the county government of Embu will take the community through the budget estimates to ensure the community is informed of how much the national government has allocated the county, how it has been spread across the sectors/departments and understand the process and give their recommendations articulately.

The objectives of the meeting include;

  • To influence developmental budgets in the departments of Agriculture, environment, water, livestock, agro-forestry and crops to have budgetary increase in these departments.
  • Propose key initiatives and projects to address climate change effects to promote community resilience to climate change
  • Develop a monitoring strategy to ensure the allocated funds/resources are used for the specific purposes to help the community adapt to climate change.

 

 

 

Author : Nabongo Protus

Joseph Mithika Mwenda never expected to be named among the world's 100 most influential people in climate change policy this year.
Despite being the executive director of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), a civil society organization that champions for a healthy earth, Mwenda never thought that he was on the same level with some of the prominent people in the world.

So when the announcement by Apolitical, a global network for governments came, last month, Mwenda’s name was among the 100nominated by hundreds of public servants from around the world, including experts at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Harvard University, Oxford University, Bloomberg Philanthropies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

The list has people currently making the biggest impact on climate change policy including government ministers, academics, environmental activists and the church where Catholic’s Pope Francis is from.

The list recognizes include high-profile advocates whose work is indispensable to raising awareness and demanding change. Others are young rising stars who are making their mark in local communities and are a driving force behind governmental progress.

“I was in Ghana attending a climate change conference and when this announcement was done I didn’t have an iota of imagination that I could be in such a distinguished roll. I learnt of it in a peculiar way people were greeting me…congratulating me on the accomplishment. That’s when I learnt that I was in the same league with top celebrities, religious leaders and politicians in the world. It is still a humbling recognition,” Mwenda said.

Mwenda, who comes from Meru County said he has dedicated the last decade in building PACJA since a small group of people met at Johannesburg’s suburb of Sandton, South Africa in 2008 and expressed desire to have a unified platform on climate change and environment in Africa.

“It has been a fulfilling journey, a journey of ups and downs but we eventually arrived where we wanted. Am happy I have contributed, together with my colleagues and partners across the continent, the most formidable environmental movement in Africa. We most of more than 1000 organisations in 48 countries,” Mwenda said.

He said Kenya can be considered a first mover in matters climate change and a pacesetter in policies to address the scourge.

“It became the first country in Africa to enact the most comprehensive law on climate change, the Climate Change Act, 2016 which was signed by President Kenyatta in May 2016,” he said.  

Mwenda said the law puts in place a framework which defines actions to be undertaken by stakeholders to mainstream climate change in the entire political economy of the country.

“In addition, several Policies to mainstream the problem have been put in place, including the National Climate Change Action Plan 2018 – 2022. There is also the National Adaptation Plan, the National Green Economy Implementation Strategy, among others,” Mwenda said.

He revealed that he and PACJA have played a key role in helping the Kenya government draft climate change legislation.

“Together with some colleagues, we reached out to former Bureti MP Franklin Bett, in the 9th Parliament to come up with a Private member’s Bill on climate change, which evolved into the Climate Change Act, 2016. I can confidently say that this Law was mainly driven by civil society and MPs,” he said.

He observed that the Ministry of Environment which coordinates issues related to climate change was initially hesitant to participate in the discussions around the law, but could not resist the momentum built through the mobilization which followed.

“Though the ministry eventually took charge of the process, am happy that we catalyzed a process which gave Kenya accolades in international arena. I also acknowledge the effort by other former MPs such as Rachel Shebesh, Uasin Gishu Senator Prof Margret Kamar, former Emuhaya MP and Vihiga Governor Dr Wilbur Otichillo and North Horr Chachu Ganya for working with us to ensure the law received overwhelming support inParliament. It was not an easy journey, though. I remember many interests stood on the path against us, and that is why it took almost 10 years to achieve,” Mwenda said.  

But he acknowledged that it is one thing in signing and adopting international agreements like the historic 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, and another thing altogether in implementing such Agreements.

“I want to be brutally honest: Kenya is very good in policies, including international ones, but very poor in implementation,” Mwenda said.

He observed that all countries have submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN body mandated to coordinate climate action, their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

“These are sets of actions all countries were required to undertake as their commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The guidelines for the NDCs implementation were finally agreed during the annual conference of countries in Poland last year,” he said.

But the biggest challenge, he noted, for this ambitious effort is money required to undertake such actions.

“Kenya, for instance, has estimated that it will require around Sh40 trillion till 2030 to meet its obligations. Definitely it will require massive donor support, which may not be forthcoming. The World Leaders will be meeting on 23rd September this year in New York to discuss how to raise resources to support climate action in the world. The issue remains emotive, and it has divided the world on who should carry this burden,” Mwenda said.

He added that asany other African country, Kenya’s carbon footprint is very negligible compared to that of industrialized countries. As per the Paris Agreement, however, Kenya has committed to pursue a low-carbon, climate-resilient green economic development pathway. Through this, the government of Kenya will reduce its emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

“The challenge here is that massive resources which exceeds the ability of Kenya are required. I doubt whether the Donors will be able to provide all the trillions of money required to meet this ambition. That’s why creativity is required, including roping in the private sector as they are both culprits in pollution while at the same time they can provide solutions,” he said.

He called on African countries to strengthen their voice in international negotiations to ensure they get the best bargain for their people in decisions made at various levels, adding that they should resist fragmentation by interested parties who do not what to meet their obligations.

He also observed that during the “One Planet Summit” hosted by Presidents Uhuru Kenyattaand France’s Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the fourth Session of UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi last month, Uhuru committed himself to increase the forest cover to 10 per cent by 2022.

“A marshall plan is required to achieve this ambition, otherwise it will be another proclamation without action. Uhuru should go beyond the government to achieve his dream. The civil society, communities and private sector should be incentivized to become partners of this effort,” Mwenda said.

Acknowledging that communities are custodians of forests and their resources, any effort to preserve or protect forests which doesn’t involve communities will be a cropper.

“But this is the current scenario. In paper we have very interesting policies to manage our forests, but the reality on the ground paints a picture of periodic conflicts with communities as the Kenya Forest Service, which bothers more about trees than the people who live with these trees. We need people to have ownership and pride in their ecosystem,” he said.

He said the unpredictable weather patterns-long dry spells will remain with Kenyans for the foreseeable future, based on authoritative scientific evidence, particularly the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UPCC).

“Kenya should integrate climate change into all its development strategies, notably the Vision 2030, Uhuru’s Big Four Agenda, National Climate Change Action Plan 2018 – 2022. Counties are currently aligning their CIDPs with the National Policies. So much is going on, but much more need to be done,” Mwenda said.

Last year, Mwenda said, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) through the African Environmental Partnership Platform (AEPP) named PACJA as the top environmental policy organization in Africa.

“This was a personal achievement. In addition, I was elected to Chair the Institutional Collaboration Platform (ICP) of the Climate Research for Development in Africa (CR4D), spearheaded by African Union, World Meteorological Organisation, UN Economic Commission for Africa, among other Institutions. Such humbling call for duty is quite an achievement for me,” Mwenda said.

Mwenda is also the Southern Civil Society Observer to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility of the World Bank, and recently, joined a global committee for the “United for Climate Justice”, a mobilization initiative driven by both governments and CSOs to advance the narrative of climate justice during the UN Secretary General’s Summit in New York later in the year.

He was actively involved in pro-democracy and governance movement that was agitating for expanded democracy in his country, which engineered the promulgation of one of the most celebrated people-driven Constitutions in the world in 2010.

He studied in Moi University where he was a student leader, before joining Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology for post-graduate studies in Public Policy Analysis. He is now pursuing his PhD with the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

In 2016, the influential Pan African Magazine, Le Afrique, named him among the top 50 African Intellectuals due to his contribution to climate policy discourses in the continent.
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Some of the powerful names on the list:
1.    Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez- Congresswoman, US Congress
2.    Pope Francis- Head, The Roman Catholic Church
3.    Saleemul Huq- Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development
4.    Xie Zhenhua- Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs, National Development and Reform Commission, China
5.    Autumn Peltier- Clean Water Activist
6.    Jamie Margolin- Founder, Zero Hour
7.    Neeshad Shafi- Co- Founder, Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar
8.    Al Gore-Former Vice President, United States
9.    Bernie Sanders-Senator, US Congress
10.    Elizabeth May-Leader, Green Party of Canada
11.    Katharina Schulze- Politician, Alliance 90/The Greens party, Germany
12.    Mohammed Adjei Sowah- Mayor, City of Accra
13.    Sergio Bergman-Environment Minister, Argentina
14.    Gavin Schmidt-Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
15.    Gina McCarthy-Professor of the Practice of Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
16.    James Hansen-Professor, Columbia University
17.    Johan Rockstrom- Professor, Stockholm University
18.    Naomi Oreskes- Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
19.    Michael Bloomberg-CEO, Bloomberg LP
20.    Patricia Espinosa- Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

EARTH DAY 2019

Written by

Every 22nd April more than 500 million people in the world celebrate Earth day, to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It is an annual event created to celebrate the planets environment and raise public awareness about pollution. This year’s theme is “Protect our species”.This day is celebrated by lots of people by encouraging the people to save the Earth by providing them with every knowledge about the security of the Environment as well as provide them ideas and plans to protect the Environment.

On 22nd April 2009 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 22nd April as the “International Mother Earth Day”. The resolution was adopted to reaffirm the agenda of sustainable development and also to acknowledge the role of earth as a mother, who sustains and nurtures all the species, including humans, animals and plants. The resolution was introduced by the unitary plurinational state of Bolivia and was supported by 50 other member states of the United Nations.

Today there are millions of people who are degrading the environment and making it polluted from years to years by which the environment is getting damaged day by day. This degradation of the environment can cause lots of problems to the air as well as many types of Resources. This can directly or indirectly affect the daily life of the people in a negative way.

So it is very necessary to save the environment and make it better for future use. It is quite important to make a proper note of all the activities many people do to accurately focus on the negative as well as positive effects on the environment and to make the people stop harming the environment.

You can easily be a part of the solution to our environmental woes in 2019. And if you’re not already respecting the Earth on a daily basis, Earth Day is a great time to start.

photo credits ReserachGate

 

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.

Photo credits  PRMIA

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.
The WEBINAR AGENDA:
 
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:

REGIONAL WEBINAR ON CIVIL SOCIETY ENGAGEMENT WITH THE GREEN CLIMATE FUND (GCF)
Tuesday, 30 April 2019 11:00 - 12:30 CEST (Central European SummerTime,GMT+2)


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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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