AGENDA
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AGENDA

73è session du Comité de la protection du milieu marin (#MEPC73) 22-26 Octobre- Londres Treizième réunion de la Conférence des Parties à la Convention de Ramsar 22-29 octobre 2018 | Dubai, Emirats Arabes Unis (EAU) Colloque Conservatoire du Littoral Zéro Artificialisation  Nette Outils et perspective sur le littoral 25 Octobre- Paris-France Conférence des Nations Unies sur la biodiversité– 17-29 Novembre- COP 14 CDB-Charm El Cheikh- Egypte 2018 Sommet Africités 8 -Marrakech-Maroc- 20 au 24 novembre 2018 Conférence sur l’économie bleue durable– Nairobi- Kenya- 26-28 Novembre 2018 Global Landscape Forum–  1-2 Décembre 2018- Bonn- Allemagne La Conférence des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques–  COP 24/ CMP 14/ CMA 1.3 Katowice, Pologne -2–14 Décembre 2018 Atelier International- Mise en oeuvre des solutions de lutte contre les changements climatiques basées sur la nature en région méditerranée- 22-24 janvier 2019-Marseille ( France)  ...

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African Climate Talks II: Africa needs to act urgently
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African Climate Talks II: Africa needs to act urgently

African Climate Talks II: Africa needs to act urgently By Olumide Idowu* Participants attending the African Climate Talks II (ACT-II) in Addis Ababa ( Ethiopia) in March,  called Africa to change how it does business to reap the benefits of the Paris Agreement. Attending the two-day talks last month called “Market policy versus market mechanisms in the implementation of the Paris Agreement”, speakers asked for an urgent shift in how the continent will forge ahead to escape the consequences of climate change. Ambassador Lumumba Di-Aping, from South Sudan and former chair of the G77 called for strengthening of the current regime, noting that the current Paris Agreement is fundamentally flawed and inadequate. “The agreement will be the main basis for multilateral cooperation during the first period of commitments (2020-2030). The African Continent in this new architecture is tragically weaker than even before,” Di-Aping said. He urged Africa to reinvent itself consistently through science. “We must think “out of the box” to build the framework for a more effective effort from 2025 onwards – one consistent with Africa’s survival and prosperity,” he said. Dr James Murombedzi, the Officer in Charge of the Africa Climate Centre Policy (ACPC) noted that the continent needs to invest in strong evidence based African narrative. “This narrative should have a science, research and policy interface. We also should invest in informed societies that participate in the shaping of policies and strengthen capacities of countries,” Murombedzi said. “The temperatures are rising and Africa is suffering. Let us unite to save our continent. Let us develop sustainable ways of dealing with climate change,” Woldu said. Di-Aping noted that Africa must move beyond the old dichotomy of “mitigation and adaptation.” “We must look at each sector – agriculture, industry etc – and focus on integrating climate considerations into wider industrial and development planning in an integrated way. The climate regime must focus not just on “emissions reductions” but on the real solutions needed to achieve them,” Di-Aping said. He urged for negotiations which provide a space where these with problems, with solutions and with money, can meet as part of a structured process. “We need to make the UNFCCC more relevant to the real world.  The Africa Renewable Energy Initiative is to be commended as an important step in the energy sector – we need matching initiatives in each other sector,” he said. “Let us think about the financial sector and financial instruments and engineering. If we need a major plan to address 1.50C, the question arises how to fund it. Clearly the $10 billion in the GCF will not be enough; and developed countries have no intention...

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Africa-Environment: “we have to be very strong” Pacome Moubelet Boubeya (AMCEN)
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Africa-Environment: “we have to be very strong” Pacome Moubelet Boubeya (AMCEN)

Africa-Environment: “we have to be very strong” Pacome Moubelet Boubeya (AMCEN) On the sidelne of  the  3rd United Nations Environment Assembly held at the end of last year,  Era Environnement was part of a press conference held by  the minister of Forestry and Environment of Gabon, Pacome Moubelet Boubeya, who  is also the  president of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment ( AMCEN).  Mr Pacome Moubelet Boubeya gave his view on the significant role that  (AMCEN) plays on the continent and in the world. Interview by Wandile Kalippa in Kenya Era Environnement: Do you think Africa is ready to walk the talk on pollution, in view of the contrasting realities of ecosystem pollution by oil companies in Central Africa and Nigeria, and West Africa particularly, Nigeria and Gabon to be exact? Pacome Moubelet Boubeya: We have a big challenge. We have a challenge of developing our countries, of financing that development, of creating jobs and wealth to our countries, but we have a greater challenge even that of making sure that in the development strategies that we are taking we are not going to be destroying our own countries because of the exploitation of oil for instance, so, we have to be very aware of that and we have to adapt our development ambitions to what the reality is going to be tomorrow. If we do not do so now that the West is making and taking every effort for them to align with what they believe tomorrow is going to be. If we do not do anything today, it means that tomorrow we will be once again twenty of fifty years late, if we can compare with the West. So, we have a challenge. The challenge is to as I was saying to create wealth, give jobs to our people in the case of Nigeria and in the case of Gabon as well, you see that our population is very young and if we foresee the increase in population, let us say in Nigeria we can see that within the next twenty – twenty five, fifty years the population of Nigeria is going to increase by something like twenty five or thirty five percent, and we need to adapt our environment , global environment with the increase of population that we are going to have to make sure that we have the means and wealth to take care of these people as well. But maintaining what we have the most permanent in our countries which is our earth, our environment and we have to do whatever we have to, to protect, it means what? It means we have to...

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Fighting climate change in Liberia
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Fighting climate change in Liberia

A few months after COP 23 and a few days after the  inauguration of the new President of Liberia, George Weah, Era Environnement shares with you the interview of the National Coordinator of the Green Climate Fund in Liberia, Jeremiah G. Sokan. This interview took place in Bonn, Germany during COP 23 by Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache.             Introduction to Jeremiah G. Sokan and his view on climate finance during COP 23       JeremiahSokanLiberia His view on the US position on the Paris Agreement and the consequences for the implementation of the Paris Accord.       JeremiahSokanLiberia2 What can be the role of the African Presidents for the implementation of the Paris Agreement? How about Liberia and its climate change policy toward the youth?...

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Climate Finance: the key to develop the South
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Climate Finance: the key to develop the South

Climate Finance: the key to develop the South As we approach the year 2018, our thanks go to our readers who follow us for about two years. This adventure is not so easy but we overcome challenges everyday. Thank you for your unwavering support. From today to the end of January, Era Environnement will publish original and insightful  stories on countries such as Niger, Nigeria, Liberia, South Africa, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Senegal and many more. Era Environnement will focus on the COP 23, the One Planet Summit, and especially on the climate finance. Even if there is no definition of the climate finance, which is important for the development of the southern hemisphere. But something seems to change:   a balance is possible between the Northern hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. The more climate finance includes the sustainable investment, the more  developed countries express interest in encouraging the access to climate finance to countries from the South. Therefore, climate action is the key. The major pillar is renewable energy and the mechanism to help reduce the greenhouse gas emission. Example: the carbon pricing. Ethiopia and Nigeria, two countries from Africa are using this mechanism as a strategy to develop renewable energy in their countries. For many experts,  2018 will be a productive year for the entire continent where all the 54 african countries  will have to reinforce the implementation of their sustainable development program. 2018 will be a year where the african population might also see adaptation to climate change as a key for sustainable development and a key for investors, as we might see for the first time, adaptation associated with profit and sustainable investment. Era Environnement will follow for you these topics. Best wishes 2018. Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache Founder and Editor in chief of  www.eraenvironnement.com  ...

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COP 23 : Une demi- victoire pour les pays en  développement
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COP 23 : Une demi- victoire pour les pays en  développement

COP 23 : Une demi- victoire pour les pays en  développement  Les négociations des nations unies  sur les changements climatiques ont pris fin ce matin avant 7h00 sur fond musical fidijien. Ces négociations de deux semaines se sont éternisées, comme d’habitude, pour établir un compromis entre pays développés et en développement. Pas facile. Récit. Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache La mise en oeuvre de l’accord de Paris comporte plusieurs éléments: l’adaptation et l’atténuation, à travers les contributions nationales, les pertes et dommages, l’adaptation, le fond d’adaptation, la finance, le transfert des technologies, la transparence, le soutien, et le renforcement des capacités. La plupart de ces éléments ont été pris de façon isolée à travers un dialogue facilitatif établi pendant la COP 21, poursuivi à Marrakech pendant la COP 22, puis à Bonn cette année, avec la présidence Fidjienne, et le dialogue de Talanoa, une conversation entre pays du nord et du sud pour atteindre  les objectifs de 1,5°Celsus sur du long terme. Le dialogue de Talanoa “ Nous avons  rempli notre mission: avancer les lignes directrices de la mise en oeuvre de l’accord de Paris et nous avons aussi preparé les actions d’ambitions pour le dialogue de Talanoa en 2018,” a affirmé le premier ministre des îles Fidji et président de la COP 23, Frank Bainimarama. Pour ce dernier, de nombreux aspects positifs ont marqué cette COP : la communauté internationale a épousé le concept fidjien de grande coalition pour de meilleures ambitions en intégrant les gouvernements nationaux, les Etats et villes, la société civile, le secteur privé et toutes les femmes du monde. “ Nous avons lancé un partenariat global pour permettre à des millions de personnes vulnérables aux changements climatiques d’avoir accès à une assurance, ” a déclaré le président de la COP 23. Selon lui, cette  Conférence des Nations Unies sur le Climat a mis en avant la population. Elle a permis aux personnes non expertes sur les changements climatiques de participer aux négociations. Avec pour objectif : montrer au monde qu’il existe des personnes souffrant des changements climatiques tous les jours. Ce qui a été accompli Samedi- 2h40 du matin, le groupe de négociateurs africains sort encore une fois d’une des salles de négociations et cette fois-ci, ils  sont ravis:   “ Nous avons résolu la question sur le fonds d’adaptation et celle sur l’ Article 9.5,” affirme l’ambassadeur Nafo du  Mali and président du groupe des négociateurs africains. Les décisions adoptées précisent qu’il y aura des modalités de mises à disposition  des ressources financières  mobilisées à travers des interventions publiques en lien avec l’article 9 de l’accord de Paris. L’article 9.5 de l’accord de Paris explique que les Pays...

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