Call for action for Post Idai-Kenneth
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Call for action for Post Idai-Kenneth

Call for action for Post Idai-Kenneth *By Thelma Munhequete  Demand to access to technical know-how The gap between humanitarian management policy and actual SOS management practices is widening, due to ongoing capacity constraints or non-existence SOS management facilities for  the different climate disasters. Resolving this capacity gap will require major investments and access to technical know-how. A group of friends and colleagues and private stakeholders from all over the world are willing to help the people in Beira, in Mozambique; based on the set of guiding ideas and principals on this humanitarian action. It involves ethics and value to standardize the conduct and behaviour to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, reputation, integrity and credibility of Post IDAI Action Plan.   The Sustainable Development Goals to take into account The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals that have replaced the Millennium Development Goals provide a generational opportunity to address the lingering problems the world still and will still face following the MDGs. Achieving  the management of climate disaster  by prevention and explaining the  significant adverse effects  of climate disaster in human health and the environment, is  essential and it is part of the three sustainable development goals below: 1. Goal 4 Target 4,1 “by 2030 ,ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant effective learning outcomes” 2. Goal 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive ,safe resilient and sustainable” Target 11.6 “by 2020,the world should reduce the adverse per capital environmental impacts of cities ,including by paying special attention to air quality ,municipal, 3. Goal 12 “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns “Target 12.5 “by 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse Engaging all  stakeholders The 3rd AFRICA CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE ALLIANCE FORUM held in Dakar 27th and 28th March 2019, highlighted the latest thinking on Stakeholder engagements, particularly the need to stem the flow of mass production and consumption inherent in a take-make-waste, linear economy by reducing demand and shifting to reusable Climate Smart Agriculture in African context as well as the Gender inclusion. Engaging the general public, the private sector, organizations, policy makers, and local governments in Africa in sustainable strategy is urgent in Africa. The experiences of school project implemented  in Mozambique in 2013 showed the importance of  the Gender Climate Change (CCGAP) issue. The currently Integrated Management Chemical Pollutants and Solid Waste as well as Child Protection and ongoing Climate smart Agriculture project (focus on Cassava roots) made great strides to develop a communities disaster risks management strategies. Financing opportunities Financing opportunities for Climate Smart Agriculture can be the key, through  investments for smallholders systems.  Finding Climate Smart Agriculture strategies   by deploying Information and...

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Information for all
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Information for all

Information for all Human health and biodiversity are in danger in the world right now. Around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history, finds the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services ( IPBES) in a new report. Recently Comoros , Tanzania, Mozambique and India were devastated by a tropical cyclone . Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique were hit by Cyclone Idai in March. Two unprecedented back-to-back tropical cyclones came in Mozambique in March and April causing the death of more than 1000 people. On April 24, Comoros Islands were hardly affected in coastal, rural and urban areas living 4 people dead and 15 000 people displaced (according to the first report published after the disaster). India was also devastated by a major cyclonic storm. According to the World Meteorology Organization, these cyclones underline the need for coordinated disaster risk reduction strategies, by including strong early warning systems which reach the people who need them most. What one can do with cyclones, climate change, extreme weather, floods, population increase? These issues will be debated during the second international conference on multi hazard early warning to be held in Geneva from 13-17 May. This global platform is a biennial multi-stakeholder forum established by the UN General Assembly to review progress, share knowledge, and discuss the latest developments and and trends in reducing disaster risk. Era Environnement takes this opportunity to publish this week a series of related stories called “Rivoukou-we are safe” about the people who were affected by Cyclone Kenneth in Comoros, one of the world “hospots” of biodiversity. We, as media based in Comoros Islands, in Samba M’bodoni, one of the villages which has seen homes and agricultural areas smashed by the cyclone Kenneth,  would like to put Comoros on the world map. Our aim is to also publish articles on others countries in Africa on disaster risk and solutions. We have already published articles during the cyclone in Comoros, Tanzania and Mozambique. We will also publish a column of an activist in Mozambique, and you will have the possibility to send your comment to her. Our facebook page Eraenvironnement, @sustainableDG, is also open for comments in French, Spanish, Portugese, English, Swahili and Comorian. Thank you Editorial by Houmi...

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Mtwara residents allowed to go back home but threat from storm still looms large
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Mtwara residents allowed to go back home but threat from storm still looms large

  Mtwara residents allowed to go back home but threat from storm still looms large     By Deodatus Mfugale Dar es Salaam Tanzania April 25, 2019   MORE than 5,000 Mtwara town residents who had left their homes early today to avoid the forecasted catastrophic impacts of Tropical Storm Kenneth have been allowed to go back to their homes but stay alert for any signs of the storm gaining momentum. Mtwara regional  authorities had sheltered the residents in six centres as a safety measure against the tropical storm after the Tanzanania Meterological authorities had forecast the storm would make a landfall in Mtwara by noon on Thursday. The weather authority had warned that the storm would lead to heavy floods and destroy various infrastructures, thereby threatening human life. However by 16hrs, about four hours after the   forecast landfall, neither strong winds nor heavy rains were experienced. The Regional Defense and Security Committee thus allowed the residents to go home but warned that they should be alert as the situation could change. The government leaders would keep the public informed of in case of any developments. “The weather has been generally calm contrary to the forecast. By 15hrs the wind speed was 50 kph as opposed to 140kph which the weather authority had forecast. We believe it is safe enough for you to go back home and engage in your daily businesses,” said Mtwara Regional Commissioner Gelacius Byakanwa but was quick to warn the residents to be alert for any changes in the weather. “But it is not yet over! The storm is still there and things might change. So be on the lookout and tune to the news media for any development. We have also arranged for a public address system that will be employed to inform you immediately should any changes happen,” explained the Regional Commissioner. However according to the Director of TMA, Dr Agnes Kijazi, Tropical Storm Kenneth was still active 177 kilometres away from Mtwara, gaining speed from 130kph to 140 kph and heading towards Mozambique. “So things are far from over. The storm is drawing heavy clouds over many areas in the southern part of the country and these areas are likely to get very heavy rain. The public should take precautions as the dangers posed by Tropical Storm Kenneth are still valid,” she said. According t the Director, the storm will make a landfall in Mozambique early Friday morning, about 230 kilometres away from Mtwara with winds blowing at 100kph. “The fact that it is heading to Mozambique does not mean that we are out of danger; the landfall will affect areas about...

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Why man should care about the environment
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Why man should care about the environment

Why man should care about the environment By Olumide Idowu* A clean environment is essential for healthy living The more you don’t care about the environment, the more it will become polluted with contaminants and toxins that have a harmful impact on our health. Air pollution can cause respiratory diseases and cancer, among other problems. Water pollution can lead to typhoid, diarrheal diseases, and other ailments. The local authorities have to promote caring for the environment. Earth is warming For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change, adapt to its impact and mitigate its effects. Children yet unborn will appreciate it There is the need to look ahead into the future, there must be a realisation of the fact that there are attendant consequences if we waste and destroy natural resources, and unsustainably exhaust the land – instead of using it in a way that will increase its usefulness. So it is our duty to leave the Earth in a better state that we met for the unborn generation. Biodiversity is key Biological diversity or biodiversity refers to the variety of plants, animals, and other living things in our world. It can be negatively influenced by habitat loss and degradation due to human activity, climate change, and pollution, among other things. Planet earth is our home Until when technology makes it possible for human being to permanently reside in space or any other planet, the Earth for now is our home – it is where we live, so we had better take good care of it. For sure, we would be doing our world and ourselves a lot of good if we do the simplest things in our home or wherever we find ourselves to make this a reality. What can we do? The problems we are facing now are tough. However, the good news is that, you don’t have to be an expert or a millionaire to save the Planet – everyone can help to do their bit for the environment. In other words, if each of us can be more conscious of environmental issues and willing to take some simple steps to save the Planet, we can make a huge difference. Nowadays, with increasing environmental awareness among the public, people around the world are coming together to fight for a greener future, and the effort has been yielding great results. As a pioneering member of environmental advocacy community, Better World International, is always committed to improve and take care of our immediate environment, by providing practical tips to its members on the things they can do to live...

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Plastic pollution’s many side effects on the ecosystem
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Plastic pollution’s many side effects on the ecosystem

Plastic pollution’s many side effects on the ecosystem Meekaeel Siphambili Gaborone, Botswana 10, April 2019 Apart from sustaining a rich diversity of natural ecosystems, the country’s water resources are critical for meeting the basic needs related to water supplies for domestic and industrial requirements, with the wildlife included. Fauna and flora in danger Mankind however, has turned out to be his own and the ecosystem’s worst enemy.   Mankind is the destroyer of the much needed water resources and in the process destroying many other animal species living in water and on the wetlands. The fauna and flora, the animal, bird and many other all suffer because of the dumping of construction concrete debris, used tires, and plastic and shop issued plastic carrier bags or any other garbage that is not needed. Plastic Bags are bad for the environment Plastic carrier bags that washed  into dams and lakes normally trap fish, frogs and other water living beings, eventually leading to their prematurely death. Efforts to sensitise the general public on the effects of plastic, debris or garbage falls on deaf ears and always regarded as ‘drivel garbage’. Plastic reduces the aesthetic value of the environment as they hang on trees and generally are widespread in the environment. Some bird species are alleged to die from being attached to plastics. The bird normal flies without stopping for the fear of the plastic attached to it, mostly on the legs. The bird then dies of exhaustion after flying without rest; ‘trying to flee from the plastic’ attached to it, the wind blowing against the plastic forces the bird to fly even harder. Dumping of concrete debris have changed or altered water ways, the plastic, especially the shop issued plastic bags, besides trapping or snaring the fish and birds are alleged to be hazardous to the ecosystem. Plastic is not biodegradable hence once deposited in the soil it persists in the environment for a long period of time. The plastic have adverse impacts on human and animal health due to their impervious characteristic, they serve as a breeding place for mosquitoes and other vermin. Domestic animals like goats and cattle also feed on plastic and they disrupt the digestive process causing bloating and untimely death of animals. Elephant population is suffering The Botswana Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism has made several attempts to manage or control the proliferation of plastic carrier bags in the environment through various strategies such as public education and awareness on proper use of plastic carrier bags, recycling and minimization of its use. Water stress due to changed or altered water courses and with the aid...

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UN Climate Change Secretariat published an overview of the Katowice Climate Package
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UN Climate Change Secretariat published an overview of the Katowice Climate Package

                                UN Climate Change Secretariat published an overview of the Katowice Climate Package The secretariat of UN Climate Change has published an overview of the Katowice Climate Package, adopted at the UN Climate Change Conference COP24 in Katowice last December. Report by ERA ENVIRONNEMENT with UNFCCC The package constitutes the guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The guidelines establish an effective international system for promoting and tracking progress while empowering countries to build national systems for implementing the agreement. “The Katowice outcome is a breakthrough that all governments can be proud of! It strengthens the Paris Agreement and it opens the doors for the implementation of climate action across the globe,” Patricia Espinosa, the UN’s Climate Chief, underlined. For the UN Climate Secretariat, the guidelines respect the different capabilities and socio-economic realities of each country while providing the foundation for ever-increasing ambition with respect to climate action. The Katowice outcome is a complex package, achieved through in-depth technical discussions and political compromise and containing operational guidance on: the information about domestic mitigation and other climate goals and activities that governments will provide in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); how to communicate about efforts to adapt to climate impacts; the rules for functioning of the Transparency Framework, which will show to the world what countries are doing about climate change; establishment of a committee to facilitate implementation of the Paris Agreement and promote compliance with the obligations undertaken under the Agreement; how to conduct the Global Stocktake of overall progress towards the aims of the Paris Agreement; how to assess progress on the development and transfer of technology; how to provide advance information on financial support to developing countries and the process for establishing new targets on finance from 2025 onwards.  ...

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