Tabi Joda-Column: ” It is  time to reverse the trends!”
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Tabi Joda-Column: ” It is time to reverse the trends!”

Tabi Joda-Column: ” It is  time to reverse the trends!” In Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon alone, 50 metric tons of plastic fragments food packages, straws and table water bottles and empty sachet water bags are drained into the Atlantic Ocean every day. But it is time to reverse the trends.  It is everyone’s responsibility not only governments to protect the planet.     Over the last ten years the amount of plastic bags produced and used worldwide surpass the amount produced and used during the whole of the 20th century. Regrettably, 50% of the plastic we use, we just use them once and throw away. If we can place in a heap the amount of plastic bags we throw away into the environment each year, it will stretch from earth to the moon and back twenty five times. Globally, more than one million plastic bags are used every minute and an average individual throws away approximately 185 kg of plastic waste per year. An average household dumps about 900kg of plastic waste in a year. Similarly, an approximate 500 billion plastic bags are used and 135 billion plastic water bottles are thrown away every year. Plastic waste accounts for around 10 percent of the total waste generated in households worldwide.   The disaster Risk!     Every piece of plastic in the ocean breaks down into segments such that pieces from a single liter of plastic bottle could end up on every beach throughout the world. Similarly, almost every farmland is partially covered by plastic. Apart from the harmful effects of plastic bags on animals, plants and aquatic life, the toxic chemical from plastic waste are harmful to the human body when absorbed. A study has shown that apart from Americans who have up to 93% of people tested positive for BPA (a plastic chemical), level of effect are even higher in other parts of the world especially Africa where recycling and waste management policies and orientations are low or even absent in most places. Other studies have shown that some of these compounds found in plastic have been known to alter human hormones or have other potential risk on human health.   Alongside the hazardous risks on human health, over one million sea birds and over 100,000 marine mammals are reportedly killed annually from toxins originating from plastic waste in our oceans. 44% of seabird species, 22% of cetaceans, 32% of sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species, crabs and prawns are killed by plastics or have their habitat altered by plastic in or around their bodies. Plastics also degrade soil quality leading to low crop productivity and consequently poverty,...

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COP 23- Tonga hosts Pacific meeting on GCF funds
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COP 23- Tonga hosts Pacific meeting on GCF funds

COP 23- Tonga hosts Pacific meeting on GCF funds 07-18-2017 The Kingdom of Tonga hosts the Green Climate Fund’s Structured Dialogue with the Pacific during four days. This meeting is  organized in collaboration with the Governments of  Australia. It aims to accelerate the implementation of GCF projects and programmes approuved in the Pacific. The meeting has been  launched by the Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga and Minister of MEIDECC, Honourable Siaosi Sovaleni on July 18 at the Faónelua Convention Centre.  The dialogue will open with a High-Level Segment at Faónelua followed by a three-day Technical workshop at Tanoá International Hotel. GCF  Board Members, Secretariat Staff,  ministers of countries in the Pacific, senior government officials, including representatives of the GCF National Designated Entities and Focal points, private sector representatives and civil society organizations  are attending the meeting. The four- day gathering is an opportunity for countries and Accredites Entities to share their experiences in various programmes fund by the GCF. According to the GCF Communication department, the dialogue is expected to help Pacific Island countries identify Accredited Entities and private sector organisations to partner with. It will help identify Accredited Entities, including private sector partners to support the project proposals to fight climate change. This dialogue is  part of the sustained development of a Regional Roadmap initiated in 2016 GCF Regional Meeting which has to help strengthen Pacific Island countries engagement with the...

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COP 23-Tonga abrite une réunion sur le fonds vert
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COP 23-Tonga abrite une réunion sur le fonds vert

COP 23- Tonga abrite une réunion sur le fonds vert Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache 18-07-2017 Les îles Tonga accueillent le secrétariat et les administrateurs du fonds vert  pour le climat de l’ONU,  dans le cadre d’un dialogue structuré, organisé conjointement avec l’Australie du 18 au 21 juillet.Sa mission : accélérer la mise en œuvre des projets et des programmes financés par le fonds vert dans le pacifique. Les ministres des pays du Pacifique,  les représentant des autorités nationales désignées du fonds vert, les points focaux, les agences accréditées au fonds, la société civile,  ainsi que le secteur privé sont aussi présents. Selon les administrateurs du fonds, ces quatre jours de réunion sont une opportunité pour tous ces acteurs  de partager les expériences  financées par le fonds dans plusieurs domaines. Cette rencontre s’intègre dans la feuille de route régionale des îles du Pacifique, établie en 2016, lors d’une réunion régionale du Fonds Vert qui a eu lieu aux îles Fidji.  14 pays avaient alors présenté des idées de projets dans trois secteurs: l’énergie, les infrastructures, et le renforcement de la résilience des populations. A l’issue de la  rencontre aux îles Tonga, les différents participants identifieront les agences accréditées, en incluant les partenaires du secteur privé qui mettront en œuvre le développement des projets  ambitieux financés par le fonds dans le cadre de l’action climatique, précise un communiqué venant du Secrétariat du fonds vert sur le climat, basé en Corée du...

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