COP 22: Four Adaptation Projects Approved for South Africa  by the Adaptation Fund
Juin07

COP 22: Four Adaptation Projects Approved for South Africa by the Adaptation Fund

COP 22: Four Adaptation Projects Approved for South Africa by the Adaptation Fund A US$2.44 million program for an innovative approach to respond to local climate adaptation needs has been approved recently  by the Adaptation Fund  for  South Africa. Explanation. By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache The Adaptation fund innovative approach A US$2.44 million program for an innovative approach to respond to local climate adaptation needs has been approved recently  by the Adaptation Fund  for South Africa. Indeed, four projects from the Adaptation Fund’s accredited National Implementing Entity (NIE) for South Africa- the South African National Biodiversity Institute ( SANBI)- the Small Grants Facility ( SGF) provide affected local communities the opportunity to access resources and build local and national climate adaptation capacity directly, said the Fund board. “One of the strengths of the way the Adaptation Fund works is that it allows us to respond in a multi-pronged way to the needs of the communities in the areas where we are working,” said Mandy Barnett, Project Director for SANBI. “In the Small Grants Facility [SGF]similarly, we have interventions looking at climate resilient livelihoods, climate smart agriculture, and climate proof settlements responding to the needs expressed by the communities in vulnerability assessments and the project development process, ” she added. In October 2015, the first four project concepts were approved for contracting and implementation by SANBI’s Steering Committee. With the Small Grants Facility, local communities will work in partnership with community-based organizations to build resilience to climate change. What is the Small Grants Facility project about ? “The SGF builds on the principles of Direct Access and involving and empowering communities through capacity building and delivering tangible benefits,” said Adaptation Fund Board Chair Naresh Sharma. “So this is very good news and an important achievement for the enhanced Direct Access modality, ”  she underlined. The Small Grants Facility project is based  on two South Africa areas vulnerable to climate change. These two South Africa areas are the Mopani District in Limpopo within the northeast and the Namakwa District in the Northern Cape of the northwest part of the country. . The Small Grants Facility strives to increase climate resilience there by working with local stakeholders. People in these areas  are facing  warming temperatures, increasing intensity of rainfall events and variability, water scarcity and droughts, seasonal shifts and storm-related disasters. To implement climate adaptation response strategies, the Small Grants Facility fosters local practices so that assets, livelihoods, and ecosytem services are protected from climate-induced risks, said the Fund Board. The four approved Small Grants Facility projects include enhancing water harvesting and installing water-saving techniques through the introduction of compost toilets. The SGF is supporting...

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The Paris Agreement : Meaningless for Africa
Juin03

The Paris Agreement : Meaningless for Africa

The Paris Agreement : Meaningless for Africa ( Civil Society) The Paris Climate Agreement signed by representatives of over 175 nations, including South Africa, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on April 22, is meaningless for Africa, according to environmental justice organisation groundWork. This Civil Society, based in South Africa is working with community people from around South Africa, and increasingly Southern Africa. For its Director, Bobby Peek, the commitments made in Paris were too late and too weak. This means that the hope to keep the temperature increase to below 1.5 degrees has been overshot. « The ‘fair share’ is what each country should do to keep the world within the limited and declining carbon budget; looking at how much more greenhouse gas can be put into the atmosphere before exceeding 1.5°C. The climate science is clear that breaching the 1.5 degree guardrail poses an unacceptable risk of crossing irreversible tipping points, impacting billions of people,” Groundwork organization explained ahead of the signing ceremony in New York. But there is a positive future for climate change according to the NGO. « At a local level to combat climate change there needs to be a just transition from fossil fuel based energy to renewable energy, which is locally owned by the people who use it. The alternative to fossil fuel based energy production is renewable energy like sun and wind power that does not rely on dirty and destructive practices of extraction and combustion, and does not pollute people’s health and environment, » Groundwork said earlier. Listen to the interview of Bobby Peek By Wandile Kallipa...

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