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The Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet), says the UN Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Degraded Forests (REDD+) National Capacity Building engagement meeting in Cross River will encourage experience sharing.

The meeting is aimed at forming more strategic alliances in the REDD+ and climate change processes by engaging Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Forest Dependent Communities (FDCs).

Mr Atayi Babs, the National Network Coordinator of CSDevNet, a coalition of civil society groups, said this in a statement signed by Mr James Odey, the South-South Coordinator of CSDevNet on Friday in Abuja.

The REDD+ programme is the UN collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries.

Babs said that the workshop would be organised by the Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) in Partnership with the National REDD+ Secretariat, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of the World Bank.

“The capacity building and engagement meeting facilitated national exchange is to encourage first-hand learning and sharing of experiences from civil society members and Forest Dependent Communities (FDCs) engaged in the REDD+ processes.

“The reason for the workshop is to form more strategic alliances in the REDD+ and climate change processes by engaging Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Forest Dependent Communities in sharing experiences on the journey so far, with UN-REDD+ in Nigeria.’’

Babs said that the project which, started in Cross River  had been replicated in two other states – Nassarawa and Ondo states, adding that REDD+’s major stakeholders were CSOs.

“The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) engagement meeting, in addition to facilitating knowledge exchange is a platform to expand conversations and broaden partnerships around REDD+ readiness processes, while at the same time contributing toward the National REDD+ Strategy and Processes.’’

Dr Alice Ekwu, the Cross River State Commissioner for Climate Change and Forestry, represented by Mr Ogbong Akwaji, the Permanent Secretary and Chairman of REDD+ Committee, thanked the organisers for the meeting.

“The state government is impressed with progress made over the years and is aware of the benefits of afforestation making great strides in the overall interest of Nigerians.

“Although, the target of planting five million trees had not been met, so many afforestation projects have been done and we ask for more engagements to sensitise even more of the rural communities.’’

Dr Amah Moses, the National REDD+ Coordinator said that the workshop was a sign indicating that progress was  being made.

He stressed the need for tangible beneficial results in communities and for individuals in the afforestation efforts.

“REDD+ started in Cross River as a pioneer state and if there’s no tangible progress made, other states will be reluctant to be a part of the programme.’’

He encouraged participants to be open to learn and to share ideas in the course of the workshop.

“All CSOs working with REDD+ have connectivity and must work together with reference to CSDevNet has demonstrated through this engagement meeting,’’ she added.

Mr Patrick Bassey, the State Coordinator of REDD+, said that CSOs were independent, voluntary non-business groups, non-governmental, community or faith-based organisations, whose main purpose was promote the interest of the common man.

He further emphasised that the workshop was designed to broaden the knowledge of CSOs involved in the REDD+ programme and they were available to make the government accountable, effective and legitimate through positive engagements.

Mr Joachims Offum, one of the locals representing Njua Kaku communities, raised concerns that even with task forces put in place; trailers of logged woods still left the  community regularly without being checked.

He pleaded for actual implementation of the rules against logging, which should be enforced by the government, adding that “when the forest is totally gone, REDD+ too will be gone’’.

Mr Pius Oko, the CSDevNet Project Officer said that “REDD+ is everybody’s business that leaves no one behind so the maxim should be if we work together, we will all benefit together.’’

“In Nigeria, the key objective of the CSDevNet-led FCPF project is to form a synergy with, and complement the efforts of the CSOs and FDCs in advancing the course of the REDD+ in Nigeria.

“As a network, we aim to deepen the knowledge and experience sharing of CSOs and local communities in Nigeria on REDD+ Readiness at the national level.

“We also want to sensitise local communities and CSOs targeting women and the youth on REDD+  and climate change processes as well as strengthen the linkage between CSO groups, government, and the media to promote our project.”

According to Oko, this solution is targeted at reducing forest losses caused by farming, rearing of animals and logging, among other drawbacks.“The environment is getting hotter and there is a gradual increase in emissions: REDD+ was therefore established for reducing the emission from deforestation and degradation, thus bringing about forest conservation,” he said.

 

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Young people are the key to unlocking some of the greatest challenges facing Africa such as poverty and climate change. They are the pillars or greatest force the world has to steer the world towards position change. While this is true we cannot deny the fact that there are a couple of obstacles that prevent the young people from fully realizing their potential as change drivers in the society. This has led to a setback in the world being able to meet some of its goals. The young people have the technical capacity in terms of attitude, energy, dynamism and high affinity to technology which are key tools necessary for any driver of change. Lately youth and students around the world are striking from schools to demand for climate action from their governments.

It is upon the need for young people to contribute to climate action, that Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) together with African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) Kenya in collaboration with 350 Kenya youth are planning a two day workshop on 4th and 5th April to outline the impact of inequality gap with reference to education, employment, governance and health and the influence of these sectors on the implementation of NDCs, NCCAP and access to climate finance.

The workshop will also come as a build-up to the global United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum to be held in Nairobi on the 8th and 9th of April 2019, Which seeks to recognize the young people as drivers of change and of development within the spheres of climate change under the theme of Empowered, Included and Equal.

Specifically, the workshop will seek to:

  1. Deliberate upon the inequality gaps in these five sectors of focus.
  2. Understand how the inequality gaps in these sectors affect implementation of Kenya's NDCs, NCCAP and Access to Climate Finance.
  3. Determine the existing opportunities for the youth to tap into within the inequality gaps.
  4. Recommend policy options to enhance youth involvement in inequality debate

 

 

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) in collaboration with National treasury (National Designated Authority) will train CSOs on Climate change budgeting and coding skills. This will not only improve their Capacity but also enhance their   skills to track climate Finance Flows in Kenya. Moreover CSO will be trained on GCF processes and how to develop bankable proposals on the same. The two day training will take place on the 4th and 5th this month.

The training will also help interrogate Kenya’s capacity for increased climate finance, with a focus on three elements: the prevailing governance (legal, policy and institutional) framework; climate finance flows mechanisms or modalities; and the country’s capacity to access international climate finance at scale, with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) chosen as an ideal case study.

A number of initiatives aimed at assessing and building developing countries’ capacity to absorb climate finance at scale and to effectively utilise the same are underway. One such initiative in Kenya is the Angaza Project (Strengthening Civil Society Organisations (CSO) Advocacy for Improved Climate Change Governance in Kenya) that is spearheaded by the PACJA with the support of Department for International Development (DFID) through Deepening Democracy Program (DDP).

Angaza Project has three objectives, one of which is tracking and monitoring climate financing to ensure that the Exchequer budgetary allocations and other climate finance streams for climate change activities meet the needs of the most vulnerable communities and individuals at the frontline of climate change impacts. This work is to be spearheaded by the Climate Finance Working Group.

Specific Objective of the Meeting

  1. To train CSO on Green Climate Fund (GCF) with an aim of enhancing  their  capacity to develop bankable proposals and access funding
  2. To discuss and input to climate change Budgeting and coding Manual  which targets to enhance transparency in climate financing 

 

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 00:00

Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Training

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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

 

 

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 00:00

3RD NATIONAL GREEN GROWTH DIALOGUE

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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.

 

 

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.

 

Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

The two-faces of Climate Change.

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Group photo during the Tharaka Nithi County Consultative Workshop.

 

 

 “Climate change should no longer been seen as merely a challenge but as an opportunity” Mwenda Mithika, the Executive Director of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance has said.

Mithika Mwenda has emphasized the cross cutting nature of climate Change discourse and the opportunities that there are in this growing area of development. “Climate change is no longer an isolated scientific & environmental issue it has dimensions in all human development indicators” Mwenda has said in his opening remarks.

He went on to elaborate that “Climate change is a poverty issue, it has exacerbated poverty in the world and things in the developing are much worse.  It is equally an Equity issue, climate change has disproportionately affected those poor countries and vulnerable sectors of the society and it also a justice issue, in the understanding that the problem was caused by rich people & the poor are mostly affected.”

Mithika Mwenda went on to point out that, “Climate change is equally a humanitarian issue with many catastrophes and disasters that have been caused by climate events; on the ground it is a food security issue, a water issue, forest issue.  Economically climate change has stunted growth of some economies while big economies fear cutting emissions will affect them.   It is for this reason it becomes a political issue as it is currently shaping international diplomatic and political interactions.”

Michael Thiauri representing Trocaire insisted on the need to fast track the formulation of the policies so as to anchor the partnerships with the County.  He also encouraged the representatives present to look at the opportunity to formulate the laws and policies for the county as a responsibility to give back to the community they come from.  He also challenged the leaders present to shun away from the culture of “killing” pests, weeds and the push to increase productivity at the expense of enriching the soil in order to boost production of food. He rooted to agro-ecological approach to farming and conservation of the environment.

 Morris Mwiti 0f Caritas Meru, urged the representatives present to build necessary alliances to foster response to climate change.

Representatives of the Tharaka Nithi County Assembly; Hon Margaret Gitari and Hon. Njue Njagi expressed the commitment of the Assembly to work with partners for the service of the people of Tharaka Nithi. “We are prepared to deliver all that pertains to the enforcement of the correct laws and policies for our people.” He said.

  “It’s the responsibility of government to make effective laws, and Tharaka Nithi will not be left behind, we shall become the model County in natural resource management that other counties will come to benchmark from.” Hon Margaret Gitari , the chair of environmental Committee at the County Assembly said in her welcoming remarks.

 Mithika Mwenda, who was recently recognized as one of the 100 most influential persons in Climate Change Policy in the world, officially opened the consultative workshop and wished the participants fruitful deliberations.

 By Mike O'maera.

In the last few months, Youths from around the world have been in involved in various activities to demand for climate justice and climate action. The growing movement is now in Africa, with young people taking to the streets in peaceful demonstrations to place pressure on their governments to increase ambition on climate change.

The youth are the back bone of the nation and can change the future of the society with their well-being and courageous behaviour, as they constitute the majority of the population in many countries, and have an increasingly strong social and environmental awareness, that has the power to transform our societies towards a low-carbon and climate resilient future.

Young people aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow, they’re making huge changes to the world around them, right now. Whether it’s through social media or ‘hashtag’ activism, writing online about a cause, or taking part in a protest, there are many ways that young people can ‘be the change’ and make a difference to the world.

This article highlights 6 strategic ways youths across the world can help protect their home – the world.

  1. Use online platforms to reach others.

There’s never been a greater time in history for reaching out to millions of people around the world. You’ve probably seen how a single Twitter hashtag can create massive social awareness. What hashtags can you contribute to, or even create? You can use your Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts to spread awareness about climate change and to discuss how you’re helping solve the problem.

  1. Talk about it

Talk more about climate change even if you don’t have all the answers. That’s where creativity and solutions come from. And that’s what will help our leaders to realize that climate change is an important issue for current and future voters, and be bound to do something about it.

  1. Collaborate with others.

Young people must continue to take part in intergovernmental climate change processes across the globe, for quick global effects. More collaborative efforts are crucial to tackling climate change by spreading its awareness among the people and working closely with governments to ensure policy implementations.

  1. Partner with government.

Elected leaders want to hear from their constituents and what they’re interested in. However, they can’t tackle poverty or climate change singlehandedly, what they really want is to know what they can personally do about it. Write to them, or even ask for a meeting with them, and show them what you think they should be focusing on.

 

  1. Buy less stuff.

Buying less not only cuts down on plastic packaging that is clogging our oceans, it also reduces your carbon footprint and puts fewer greenhouse gas emissions into our atmosphere. If you’re a regular user of plastic water bottles, invest in a reusable bottle. If you’re a frequent consumer of straws, opt against them (reusable straws are an option!).

  1. Volunteer

As a Youth Volunteer, you will help advance peace and sustainable development either in your own country or in another country around the globe. You will help people to lead healthier and safer lives and communities to be able to better address present and future challenges. To start with, focus on how you can help your local area or a cause within your country.

By;Maryann Mwende.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:00

Access to portable water is a human right – NGO

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The Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet), a coalition of NGOs, says access to portable water is a human right and therefore nobody should be denied of the right.

Dr Ibrahim Choji, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CSDevNet, who made this known in Abuja, cautioned that no one should be left behind.

Choji, while speaking on the backdrop of the World Water Day, which was celebrated March 22, said attention should be focused on the importance of water.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 remains unequivocally clear that water should be `for all  by 2030.

“This implies leaving no Nigerian behind in the race for water.

“Water is vital for survival and, alongside sanitation helps protect public and environmental health. Our bodies, our cities and our industries, our agriculture and our ecosystems all depend on it.”

He called on all stakeholders including civil society and faith-based organisations to work together and adhere to key behaviours that strengthen Nigeria’s capabilities to deliver permanent and accountable access to water.

“This year’s theme -`Leaving no one behind’ – adapts the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.

“Beyond the November 2018 emergency declaration on water by the Nigerian government, CSDevNet believes that the water crisis in Nigeria constitutes an invitation for newer and innovative ways of ensuring water security for all Nigerians.

“The equitable and sustainable management of all the country’s water resources remains a credible key to achieving a prosperous Nigeria as there is no doubt that we are blessed with a blue economy.”

Choji said that CSDevNet was advocating for the implementation of new and innovative financing mechanisms by governments, the private sector and development organisations to meet the SDG 6 targets.

He said that for innovative financing of water and sanitation in Nigeria: CSDevNet was proposing the establishment of Water Banks based on domestic resource mobilisation like pension funds, insurance companies using repayable finance to bridge the financing gap.

“A National Water Financing Facility, which will serve as a mechanism for domestic resource mobilisation for the Water, Sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector with characteristics of pooled investment projects.

“This requires a good governance framework and opportunity for blending private capital with public funding to promote pro-poor policies, blended funding, commercial financing, private equity; and special taxes such as water tax.”

Choji said that achieving universal access to water in Nigeria called for intensive capacity building.

By;Orede.

Young Africans from different countries converged in Accra Ghana for Africa Climate week in from 18-22nd March 2019.  Apart from participating in various sessions during the week, PACJA in collaboration with YOUNGO and other Youth organization organized three lively side events.

Find attached the report.

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