COP 23: Climate Finance Insight- ICCG
Oct07

COP 23: Climate Finance Insight- ICCG

COP 23: Climate Finance Insight- ICCG Implementing NDCs in Africa is not so easy especially when countries need finance, technology data collection.  Ahead of COP 23, governments in Africa are waiting for a solution to accelerate this implementation. By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Achieving the Paris Agreement goals is not easy, but it needs to bring together all the stakeholders said representatives of governments and institutions in a gathering last spring in Italy .  Representatives of governments and institutions have been interviewed  by Inititiative on Climate Change Policy and Governance, an institute based in Venice. One of their interviewees, was Pacifica  F. Achieng Ogola, Director, Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources & Regional Development of Kenya....

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COP 23: Un aperçu de la finance climatique- ICCG
Oct07

COP 23: Un aperçu de la finance climatique- ICCG

COP 23-Un aperçu de la finance climatique- ICCG   Plusieurs représentants de gouvernements et d’institutions financières ont été interviewés à l’occasion d’une réunion organisée par  le ICCG ,  l’initiative sur les politiques de changement climatique et de gouvernance, un institut basé en Italie.   Explications. Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Comment atteindre les objectifs de l’accord de Paris ? Selon Barbara Buchner, la directrice exécutive de l’institut  Climate Policy Initiative, , il doit y avoir un développement massif rapide autant dans l’adaptation que dans la réduction des gaz à effet de serre, afin d’atteindre les objectifs de l’accord de Paris et atteindre les 2 voire 1,5  degrés recommandés par la science.   Si nous ne sommes pas en mesure  de mettre en application sérieusement le premier tour des contributions nationales, nous ne pourrons pas passer au second tour : nous devons ainsi sérieusement travailler ensemble avec le secteur privé, les gouvernements, c’est une importante mission de coordination, explique le Norbert Goriben, le responsable de Climate Finance International. Mais, mettre en application les contributions nationales n’est pas si évident, notamment en Afrique.  “Nous n’avons pas assez de données pour répondre aux exigences en matière d’établissement de rapports liés à l’accord de Paris et nous avons besoin de renforcement de capacités pour développer la collecte de données, les technologies, les ressources humaines et nous avons besoin de financement pour mettre en œuvre ces projets liés aux contributions nationales, indiquent Pacifica F. Achieng Ogola, Directrice du département Changement Climatique du Ministère de l’Environnement, des Ressources Naturelles et du Développement Régional du Kenya. Et de préciser :  ” Les modalités de mise en œuvre de certains éléments des contributions nationales ne sont pas très explicites, nous attendons les conclusions des Conférences des Nations Unies sur le Climat , COP 23,et COP 24. Selon les experts interviewés, le partenariat sur les contributions nationales lancé par le Maroc et l’Allemagne, l’an dernier, ont impulsé le développement et la planification de la finance climatique, mais les avancées sont timides. Le secteur privé peut avoir un rôle important dans l’accélération de l’accès à la finance climatique.  ...

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Africa: Practising sustainable development with youth
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Africa: Practising sustainable development with youth

Africa: Practising sustainable development with youth   The African youth wants to take advantage to the ongoing  sustainable development opportunities in the continent. Introduction.   By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache 07-30-2017   Recently, the African youth elected the Interim Executive Board members of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme CAADP) Youth Network in Uganda. The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme is an  African Union’s policy framework for agricultural transformation, food security and nutrition, economic growth launched in 2003.   The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme youth network is a youth ( 18 to 35) platform for farmers, Agroentrepreneurs, Nutritionists, and Agricultural practitioners. Their Goal: Create one million jobs for youth in the Agriculture Value Chain by 2025 and supported Agroentrepreneurs by 2020. Their Focus Areas: Agribusiness, Food Security and Nutrition, Climate Smart Agriculture, Green and Blue Economy. The official launched of this youth network is expected to be held in Dakar ( Sénégal) in September 2017.   What has been done so far?   In October  2016, two African organizations,  the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) and  the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme CAADP Youth Network supported the publication of a book which aims  to establish and promote at least 10,000 youth-led farms and agribusinesses across Africa by 2020. This publication named as “Youth Eco-Smart Projects” was developed by   Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative. Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative is a Nigerian youth Non Governmental Organization and the founder is a young Nigerian lawyer, Nkiruka Nnaemego. She is also an agroentrepreneur and development practitioner. Nkiruka and her colleagues from Africa (Ibraheem Ceesay from the Gambia, Mariam Allam from Egypt…) are engaging and  integrating  African youth in the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and  Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) processes.   NDCs: “The heart of the Paris Agreement” Hakima El Haite   About the Youth Eco-Smart Projects book   The book has been launched during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP22) in Morocco   November 10, 2016,  at the Youth Side Event on “ Integrating Youth in the Implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions  (NDCs) across Africa. This event was indeed  organized by the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change ( AYICC), an African Union initiative launched in 2006 with the aim of mobilizing young people to have one voice on the issues of climate change. The book intends to promote selected youth-led ecologically smart projects and initiatives. It encourages African Governments and Partners to support the selected projects. It finally advocates for more financial support to ensure active youth engagement in sustainable agriculture.   Some Excepts from the...

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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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Africa Energy Access and jobs: “there is  hope for youth”- Lawrence Mashungu
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Africa Energy Access and jobs: “there is hope for youth”- Lawrence Mashungu

  Africa Energy Access and jobs: “there is  hope for youth”- Lawrence Mashungu   The last G20 meeting in Hamburg, in Germany, emphasized the importance of the Africa Partnership launched recently in Berlin, in recognition of the opportunities and challenges in African countries through the creation of jobs for youth and the access to energy in the continent for instance. 39 years old Lawrence Mashungu  previously worked with Youth Agenda Trust, a youth organization, where he was working as a project coordinator. He has vast experience in youth and community engagement.  He is now in charge of the renewable energy access plan in his country. Interview.     Eraenvironnement.com : In 2015, you were part of the youth who organized the African Youth Conference on Climate Change in Victoria’s fall, in Zimbabwe. What are you doing right now? Lawrence Mashungu: I am a Renewable Energy expert working  in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate as a Climate Change Mitigation Expert. I am responsible for Implementation of mitigation actions related to Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency. How do you see the youth with Climate Change opportunities in your country? The youth in Zimbabwe have a role to play in Climate Change Mitigation and adaptation in the country and there are a lot of opportunities for them to participate. The National Climate Change Response Strategy of 2014 provides for the youth to take part in climate change programmes both in policy formulation and actual project implementation.  I must say also that before COP 21, the Youth  in my country had the opportunities to participate in the National Committee on Nationally Determined Contributions that was established by government to ensure speed implementation of the NDC for the country.   How do you position yourself in these opportunities in energy for instance? I am tasked to work directly on energy and also with youth on these issues. Currently the youth under the banner of an organisation called Action 24 Zimbabwe with support from HIVOS, an netherland organization for development, which is implementing a project focusing on promoting renewable energy and also implementation of the NDC in our country. I am working with them closely to ensure success of the project.   Do you think that it is difficult to take these opportunities to be for instance entrepreneurs in all the priorities sectors, water, water management, agriculture, energy…? Currently the youth face a number of challenges to take up these opportunities mainly because of lack of funding. I am of the view that there is also a urgent need  to invest in capacity building targeting the youth so that they will be able to...

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NDCs: “The heart of the Paris Agreement” Hakima El Haite
Nov29

NDCs: “The heart of the Paris Agreement” Hakima El Haite

NDCs: “The heart of the Paris Agreement”- Hakima El Haite By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache “National climate plans, or NDCs, are at the heart of the Paris Agreement: through the NDC Partnership, we will also engage  more of the private sector, encourage South-South cooperation and make donors more responsive to countries’ needs,” said  Hakima El Haite, Climate Champion and Minister Delegate in Charge of the Environment, Ministry of Energy, Mines Water and the Environment, Morocco, recently at the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech. Her thoughts on NDCs Partnership Morocco and Germany initially co- chaired the National climate plans partnership, but now this NDC partnership is opened to all countries and relevant international institutions. Therefore, it  takes  three approach to drive climate action: -Create and disseminate insightful knowledge products that raise awareness of and enhance access to existing support initiatives, tools and resources, including finance. -Facilitate technical assistance and capacity building at national, regional and global levels by fostering greater collaboration between environment and -development agencies. -Facilitate enhanced financial support of existing and new country-specific, bilateral and international NDC support programs What is the View of the LDC Chairman ? What is the view of the African Group of...

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