France: Semaine décisive
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France: Semaine décisive

 France: Semaine décisive Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Cette semaine est décisive pour la politique française. Sortir du repli sur soi, accepter la différence et aimer l’autre, comprendre autrui devraient être les maîtres- mots de cette élection présidentielle prévue le 27 avril prochain ( 1er tour). Que représente cette élection pour l’Afrique et pour la jeunesse africaine ? Comment les jeunes français doivent-ils se positionner lorsqu’ils sont d’origines étrangères ? Est-ce compliqué d’impliquer  la jeunesse française dans le questionnement sur le développement de l’Afrique ? En avons-nous le droit ? Oui, nous avons le droit et le devoir d’informer. Il est important de faire le lien entre les ressources naturelles en Afrique et le développement de l’industrie française. Aussi, il est opportun, cette semaine, pour eraenvironnement.com de vous faire découvrir des articles sur le positionnement des entreprises françaises face aux ressources naturelles africaines , la finance climat  ainsi que plusieurs autres articles en rapport avec la relation entre la France et ses anciennes colonies. Alors suivez-nous. Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache    ...

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Sécurité alimentaire: Prioriser les actions des PEID
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Sécurité alimentaire: Prioriser les actions des PEID

Sécurité alimentaire: Prioriser les actions des PEID Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache L’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) et la Commission de l’Océan Indien (COI) ont organisé à Maurice du 4 au 6 avril 2017 un atelier consultatif régional. Objectif : finaliser le Programme d’action mondial (GAP) sur la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition des Petits Etats Insulaires en Développement ( PIED) de la région de l’Atlantique et de l’Océan Indien : Cap-Vert, Guinée Bissau, Sao Tomé-et-Principe, Comores, Maldives, Maurice, et Seychelles. Des spécialistes régionaux se sont  réunis pendant trois jours pour fournir leurs contributions spécifiques sur les défis  de sécurité alimentaire et de nutrition auxquels sont confrontés ces pays :  la malnutrition (sous-nutrition, déficiences en micronutriments et obésité), la surface des terres agricoles limitée, l’éloignement, les environnements naturels fragiles et une vulnérabilité élevée aux impacts du changement climatique. Le Programme d’action mondial ( GAP) est structuré autour de trois axes: l’amélioration des environnements propices à la sécurité alimentaire et à la nutrition grâce à la promotion de l’engagement politique et de la gouvernance, à l’amélioration des capacités et des ressources, à la génération, la diffusion et l’utilisation des connaissances et des informations; le développement des systèmes alimentaires durables, résilients et sensibles à la nutrition basés sur les océans et les mers, l’eau douce et les ressources terrestres; et l’autonomisation des personnes et des communautés par le biais de programmes de protection sociale, d’interventions et de services communautaires ciblés pour prévenir et traiter la malnutrition sous toutes ses formes. « Malgré des niveaux de développement contrastés, nos îles sont maintenant confrontées à des défis communs, » a souligné le Secrétaire Général de la COI, Hamada Madi Boléro, dans son discours d’ouverture. D’après la FAO et la COI, cet  atelier a permis aux PEID de partager leur expérience, en priorisant les actions à  aligner sur les stratégies existantes en matière de sécurité alimentaire et de nutrition aux niveaux mondial, régional et national.  ...

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Tanzania: Communities are fighting for their rights
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Tanzania: Communities are fighting for their rights

Tanzania: Communities are fighting for their rights   By Deodatus Mfugale Issues surrounding disputes over land ownership  are many in Tanzania and in Africa generally. From 2000 to 2010, several violent conflicts in various parts of Tanzania occurred between agribusiness investors and communities. The conflict thus involved three parties, the government, the investor and the local community. The villagers found that the government had colluded with the investor to deny them the right to own land. “The government had given us a raw deal. It was bad enough to sell the farm to the investor when people in the village needed that land. Giving the investor additional land made our situation worse,” said Alex Kyando, a resident of Kapunga village. In 2006 when the Tanzania government decided to privatize the Kapunga Rice Farm located in Mbeya Region ( Southern Highlands) to Export Trading Company, local communities were very disappointed and responded in a violent manner. In Babati District of Manyara Region, communities set on fire Tanzanian investor of Asian origin’s houses, stores, machinery, tractors. His relatives were also killed. The bloody incident was a climax of a long-standing conflict between the two parties: local communities alleging that the investor had unlawfully taken their land and they wanted it back. But the land was sold to the investor for a 100 years lease agreement. The local community originally offered the land to the government to create a state farm. But   the government had failed to manage it. Government Now things are changing and the demand by communities to uphold the right to own land is paying off.  In 2015,  the government declared that it would give back to the community the 1, 875 hectares of land that were sold to the investor of Kapunga Rice Farm which were over and above the original size of the farm. The government declaration became effective last year when the Minister responsible for lands announced that the parcel of land in question had been handed over to Mbarali District Council. “We have revoked the title deed for the land that was not originally part of Kapunga Rice Farm when it was sold to Export Trading Company. The Mbarali District Council will survey the land and give it back to the villagers,” said William Lukuvi, Minister for Lands. Arguments Until January this year, the survey had been completed and the land handed over to Kapunga Village Government for allocation to community members. Although there are complaints from some individuals that the allocation was not done fairly, most of the community members are happy with the government’s decision and the subsequent actions by the district council...

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Appel à film pour la sixième édition du Festival Deauville Green Awards
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Appel à film pour la sixième édition du Festival Deauville Green Awards

Appel à film pour la sixième édition du Festival Deauville Green Awards Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Les entreprises, institutions, ONG et collectivités luttant contre les changements climatiques ont jusqu’au 28 avril pour participer au festival Deauville Green Awards. Créé il y a six ans, le festival Deauville Green Awards  a pour objectif de valoriser les films institutionnels, spots et documentaires autour du développement durable et des éco-innovations. Présenté comme la fenêtre mondiale sur l’environnement, la communication et le développement durable, le  Deauville Green Awards proposera de nombreuses projections spéciales et actions à destination des festivaliers et du grand public. Une opportunité pour tous les acteurs de l’audiovisuel, de la communication et  du développement durable et de la RSE de toute l’Europe et du monde de se retrouver. Au programme, trois compétitions : Spots de deux minutes ( Messages courts de sensibilisation), Info de 25 minutes ( Films d’information, médias audiovisuels des collectivités, entreprises, ONGS), Docu ( Documentaires, Programmes TV, Webdocs). Quatorze catégories avec comme thèmes principaux les grands enjeux environnementaux ( lutte et adaptation au changement climatique, préservation de la biodiversité), les domaines d’application écologique ( la transition énergétique, agriculture et sylviculture durables, habitat, bâtiment, urbanisme, transport, éco-mobilité…), les questions de société ( Santé et cadre de vie, Handicap, diversité, solidarité, transition démographique…). Le 29 juin 2017, lors de la cérémonie de remise des prix, le jury de professionnels  décernera les Totem d’or et d’argent aux meilleures productions de chaque catégorie et section.     Teaser des Deauville Green Awards 2017 from Deauville Green Awards on Vimeo....

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Feed the world sustainably: challenging
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Feed the world sustainably: challenging

Feed the world sustainably: challenging Welcome words by Nnimmo Bassey, Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) at Media Training-Promoting Biosafety in Nigeria held in Benin City , Nigeria, on Friday, 24th March 2017   Promoting genetically modified organisms: dangerous The need to interrogate our biosafety has become very pertinent because of the many myths around modern agricultural biotechnology. These myths are being peddled regularly by the industry promoting genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their team players in public offices. A major plank on which biosafety, and perhaps biosecurity, rests is the precautionary principle[1]. This principle, or approach, is a safeguard against the permission or introduction of products or elements into the environment where there is no scientific consensus that such an introduction would be safe or would not have an adverse impact. In other words, the precautionary principle helps to disallow the use of citizens as guinea pigs in experimental release of products that could harm them. The argument that there is a risk in everything is hollow and an acceptance of that as an excuse to expose citizens to harm is inhuman. Information of biosafety: a moral duty In this engagement on biosafety we hope to share information on the issues of biosafety and GMOs in Nigeria and Africa. The aim is that media practitioners would be able to sift the facts from the myths, and by so doing help the public to require a sense of responsibility from our biosafety regulators, research institutions, political forces and commercial interests behind the risky genetic engineering approach to food production.The key myths by which citizens are sold the idea of GMOs as being desirable include that they provide the most assured way of feeding the burgeoning population of hungry mouths in the world. The planks on which this highly seductive myth has been erected are quite flimsy. Why GMO is saleable ? Research has shown that GMOs do not necessarily yield higher than normal crops, making the talk of producing more food by using GMOs simply fatuous. Secondly, over one third of food currently produced in the world today simply gets wasted,[2] while most of the GMOs currently grown in the world end up as animal feed.[3]Another argument used to sell GMOs is that they require the use of less chemical in terms of pesticides and herbicides because the crops can be engineered to withstand herbicides or to act as pesticides themselves. A possible source for cancer The emergence of what have been termed super weeds and superbugs have dented that claim as farmers have had to sometimes apply stronger doses of herbicides and pesticides on farms where such...

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Climate and Development Agendas Are Inherently Linked
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Climate and Development Agendas Are Inherently Linked

Speaking at the opening of the President of the General Assembly High-Level Event Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda in New York on 23 March, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said that the sustainable development and climate change agendas are inherently linked. “By looking at climate and sustainability holistically, we maximize the potential for positive outcomes of every action we take. And when international commitments are turned into country-level action, tangible benefits are delivered to communities and the people who live there,” she said. Here is her full address: H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, Let me first recognize the President of the General Assembly and the Government of Fiji for your climate leadership. Today’s special event is the latest in a long list that is your lasting legacy of leadership on this critical issue. Thank you for shining a light on vulnerability through your work in the Pacific Islands Forum and Climate Vulnerable Forum. Thank you for your bold Paris Agreement contribution of 100 per cent renewable power by 2030. Thank you for being the first to ratify the Paris Agreement. And thank you for your excellent partnership as COP 23 President in preparation of this year’s UN climate change conference. I must also express my sincere gratitude to the Secretary-General for making the connection between climate change and the sustainable development agenda and calling for an integrated approach to our challenges. Your vision of preventing future risk through stronger institutions, more resilient societies and bold action must guide every nation forward through the sometimes turbulent waters of transformative change. How far is the Paris Agreement ? One hundred and thirty-seven Member States are working towards that vision by ratifying the Paris Climate Change Agreement. This is both a crucial step towards concerted action on climate change and a step towards truly sustainable development. As the international community takes these important initial steps in this new era of implementation, we must do so with the full knowledge that the sustainable development agenda and climate change agenda are inherently linked. These challenges must be addressed in an integrated manner because there is only one on-the-ground reality. By looking at climate and sustainability holistically, we maximize the potential for positive outcomes of every action we take. And when international commitments are turned into country-level action, tangible benefits are delivered to communities and the people who live there. Implementation is the policy that meets these commitments. And we must move quickly to put this policy in place. We must bend...

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