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ISIOLO COUNTY STAKEHOLDER’S CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON RANGELAND MANAGEMENT AND LIVESTOCK POLICY.

On the 1st of October PACJA spearheaded a stakeholder’s consultative meeting with the county government to provide stakeholder input on this rangeland and livestock policies.
Community Representatives from Wabera, Bulla Pesa,,Oldonyiro, Ngare Mara wards together with technical experts in livestock, rangeland management and climate change matters were involved in the consultative meeting.

 LIVESTOCK POLICY
Isiolo County is one of the most vulnerable counties to climate change in Kenya and one of the counties in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) in the northern region. Climate change is a threat to the livelihood of residents in the county whose mainstay is pastoralism. The main threats include the outbreak of diseases due to the influx and concentration of livestock, an increased risk of flooding resulting in damage to infrastructure and property, and prolonged drought with its impacts on livestock mortality, rangeland resources, and morbidity.
PACJA has engaged strongly in advocating and advancing climate policy processes in the county.
The overall objective of this policy is to strengthen the capacity in Isiolo, its pastoral community, and other stakeholders, to formulate and implement livestock sector and related policies that sustainably reduce food insecurity and poverty, thereby enhancing the contribution of the livestock sector to sustainable food security and poverty reduction in the county.
During the meeting some members of the community sited their worries on the extent to which the policy addresses supportive services and actions such as insurance, early warning systems, access to veterinary services that are key to advance resilience of livestock production. The issues were discussed in length with ideas from the meeting being incorporated in the policy. There was also commitment by the government to put in place mechanisms to address the concerns raised in the meeting.
 

RANGELAND MANAGEMENT POLICY
Pastoralist communities manage their rangeland by dividing the range into dry and wet grazing zones. They graze in dryer parts of the rangeland during rainy season and move to wet areas during the dry period, when they have exhausted the pasture and water resource. This nomadic movement has supported the pastoral survival for centuries but now their survival is at stake as climate change takes center stage. Climate change in dryland areas manifests itself in flood storms and cyclic droughts which result in disruption of livelihoods through high livestock mortality which undermines the adaptive capacity and resilience of communities in the drylands of Kenya.
PACJA through the voice for change program has engaged strongly in advocating and advancing the rangeland management policy in the county.
One problem that stood out from the pastoralists on range land is that Competition over land for agriculture, livestock and wildlife is leading to resource based conflicts. The county representative stated that the policy introduces a co management approach where traditional community institutions will be involved in managing rangelands therefore mitigating resource based conflicts and supporting resilience building actions.
 
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ISIOLO COUNTY STAKEHOLDER’S CONSULTATIVE MEETING ON RANGELAND MANAGEMENT AND LIVESTOCK POLICY.

On the 1st of October PACJA spearheaded a stakeholder’s consultative meeting with the county government to provide stakeholder input on this rangeland and livestock policies.
Community Representatives from Wabera, Bulla Pesa,,Oldonyiro, Ngare Mara wards together with technical experts in livestock, rangeland management and climate change matters were involved in the consultative meeting.

 LIVESTOCK POLICY
Isiolo County is one of the most vulnerable counties to climate change in Kenya and one of the counties in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) in the northern region. Climate change is a threat to the livelihood of residents in the county whose mainstay is pastoralism. The main threats include the outbreak of diseases due to the influx and concentration of livestock, an increased risk of flooding resulting in damage to infrastructure and property, and prolonged drought with its impacts on livestock mortality, rangeland resources, and morbidity.
PACJA has engaged strongly in advocating and advancing climate policy processes in the county.
The overall objective of this policy is to strengthen the capacity in Isiolo, its pastoral community, and other stakeholders, to formulate and implement livestock sector and related policies that sustainably reduce food insecurity and poverty, thereby enhancing the contribution of the livestock sector to sustainable food security and poverty reduction in the county.
During the meeting some members of the community sited their worries on the extent to which the policy addresses supportive services and actions such as insurance, early warning systems, access to veterinary services that are key to advance resilience of livestock production. The issues were discussed in length with ideas from the meeting being incorporated in the policy. There was also commitment by the government to put in place mechanisms to address the concerns raised in the meeting.
 

RANGELAND MANAGEMENT POLICY
Pastoralist communities manage their rangeland by dividing the range into dry and wet grazing zones. They graze in dryer parts of the rangeland during rainy season and move to wet areas during the dry period, when they have exhausted the pasture and water resource. This nomadic movement has supported the pastoral survival for centuries but now their survival is at stake as climate change takes center stage. Climate change in dryland areas manifests itself in flood storms and cyclic droughts which result in disruption of livelihoods through high livestock mortality which undermines the adaptive capacity and resilience of communities in the drylands of Kenya.
PACJA through the voice for change program has engaged strongly in advocating and advancing the rangeland management policy in the county.
One problem that stood out from the pastoralists on range land is that Competition over land for agriculture, livestock and wildlife is leading to resource based conflicts. The county representative stated that the policy introduces a co management approach where traditional community institutions will be involved in managing rangelands therefore mitigating resource based conflicts and supporting resilience building actions.
 
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Policy Brief on Climate Proofing CIDP in Turkana County

Climate change remains a major challenge that threatens Kenya’s ability to achieve her vision to become a middle income country. Kenya has made significant policy steps to ensure Kenya emerges climate resilient (Low Emission Climate Resilient Development- USAID). As a core part of resilience building, there must
be deliberate emphasis to undertake development that safeguards vulnerable ecosystems, which include our water towers, the forests and the ASALs, which forms a majority of Kenya’s geographic landscape, at 80%.

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15 JOURNALISTS SHORTLISTED FOR 2018 ACCER AWARDS

FIFTEEN African Journalists have been shortlisted for the 2018 African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards.
Mr. Mithika Mwenda, the Executive Director of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) read out the names of the finalists:-

RADIO
Agbota M. Ernest- Benin
Constantin Pierre Yap- Cameroon
Ekue Madjro KuegahTedjo- Benin
Caroline Gachacha Mucheru-Kenya
Mirabelle Akpaki-Benin.

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Demis Mekuriyaw- Ethipoia
Eyong Blaise Okie- Camerron
Happy Njalam'mano- Malawi


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Adjinehosu Fulbert- Benin
Soila Kenya- Kenya
Andrew Mtupanyama- Malawi
Gardy Alphonce-Kenya
Anthony Langat- Kenya
Sandrine Nathaline Carole- Morroco
Ekué Kodjo Koudohah- Togo

“The standards of broadcast entries are worrying, even more so the ones that were submitted in French.  Some of the entrants need training in basic story writing skills, to come with good scripts that would go into the organizing the clips for final production.” Judge Terna Gyuse, from South Africa commented in the process of judging.

The Radio entries were of high quality both in English and French, a demonstration that the of Radio is still a dominant means communication in Africa, and that the spread and growth of this medium as the preferred means of communication should be harnessed for both climate change and environmental reporting. Judge Clarisse Umuhire from Rwanda commented at the end of the Judging process.

“They need to embrace the basic rhythms of disciplined thinking and controlled writing. Their predicament is easily compounded by having to address a technical subject like climate change. Proper training for such journalists would do well to combine both the substance of reporting the environment and journalistic skills generally” Mr. Mithika said while announcing the 15 finalists.

More than 315 entries were submitted for consideration in this year’s ACCER Competition. The list of finalists was determined by a panel of judges, reflecting on this year’s theme ‘changing the narrative on environmental challenges in Africa: the case of pollution.

Finalists will be notified of their nominations and invited to attend the ACCER Awards & Recognition Ceremony where the winners will be announced.
Scheduled for October 6th -9th is the ACCER Awards Finalists Academy which is a training and networking workshop for all the finalists in Nairobi, Kenya.
The panel of judges will now focus their attention on the challenging task of selecting the ultimate award winners in each category that will be announced at the Awards Gala on 11th October during the seventh edition of the Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII) Conference.

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