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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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Creating jobs in the blue economy in the Gambia: the solutions for the migration problems- Interview
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Creating jobs in the blue economy in the Gambia: the solutions for the migration problems- Interview

Creating jobs in the blue economy in the Gambia: the solutions for the migration problems -Interview The Gambia wants to integrate its youth in different sectors of  blue economy. With their national  development plan, this country located in west Africa, has two strategies for fisheries. The Ministry of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly, James Furmos Peter Gomez  was in Nairobi ( Kenya) at the end of November  2018 for the first Global Blue Economy Conference held in Africa. Listen to this  interview below by Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache       InterviewministredespêchesdelaGambie...

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Villes durables: les villes africaines veulent montrer l’exemple (1)
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Villes durables: les villes africaines veulent montrer l’exemple (1)

Villes durables: les villes africaines veulent montrer l’exemple (1)  Les villes africaines, soutenues par la Convention des Maires pour l’Afrique, subsaharienne affichent une ferme volonté de mettre en œuvre des stratégies de développement sobres en carbone. Démonstration. Par Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   Le Contexte Depuis la tenue de la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le Climat à Paris en 2015,   les villes africaines   sont aidées par la Convention des Maires pour l’Afrique subsaharienne (CoM SSA) domiciliée au siège de Cités et Gouvernements Locaux Unis d’ Afrique ( CGLU-Afrique) au Ghana. Présentée en  2015 en marge des travaux de  la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le Climat, la Convention des Maires pour l’Afrique subsaharienne  est une initiative financée par l’Union Européenne pour soutenir les villes africaines   dans la lutte contre le changement climatique par l’accès notamment aux énergies propres .La CoMSSA s’est inspirée du succès de la «  Convention des Maires d’Europe », réunissant 6700 municipalités dans la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique. A ce jour, 13 villes francophones, anglophones et lusophone font l’objet d’une attention particulière.  Ce sont des villes pilotes. Les Communes de Zou ( Bénin), de Bouaké ( Côte d’Ivoire), de Nouakchott ( Mauritanie), de Monrovia ( Liberia), Dakar et Pikine ( Sénégal), Tsévié ( Togo), Yaoundé III et Yaoundé IV (Cameroun), Lumbubashi (RDC), Kampala ( Ouganda), Bissau ( Guinée Bissau) sont soutenues financièrement par l’Union Européenne pour des projets liés au renforcement de capacités, et à la réalisation d’action d’accès à l’énergie propre et durable. Dans certaines  villes pilotes telles que, Tsévié  ou Nouakchott ou les communes de ZOU,  il est prévu l’installation de panneaux solaires ou mini-centrales solaires pour l’éclairage public, les ménages et les infrastructures sociales de base. Après plusieurs ateliers à Pikine et à Dakar, les villes sénégalaises  envisagent la mise en œuvre des projets pilotes d’efficacité énergétique. La capitale sénégalaise est sur le point de construire un service hospitalier avec des matériaux locaux pour une meilleure performance énergétique. Autre action à Dakar : une plateforme d’échange et d’apprentissage intitulée « DACKCLIM »  , représentée par différentes classes sociales accompagnent la ville sur les enjeux  de développement durable ( gestion des déchets…). Le PLANERZOU Seule intercommunalité choisie par la Convention des Maires pour l’Afrique Subsaharienne, le département de Zou au Bénin en Afrique l’Ouest  bénéficie d’un projet d’appui à l’élaboration et à la mise en cohérence des outils de planification énergétique durable financé par l’Union Européenne :  le PLANERZOU. Le  département de Zou est composé de 9 communes  situées  au centre du Bénin ( Abomey, Agbangninzoun, Bohicon,   Cové, Djidja, Ouinhi, Zagnanado,  Za-Kpota, et Zogbodomey ). Depuis 2017, le PLANERZOU s’étale sur 30 mois. Son objectif : favoriser l’utilisation des énergies renouvelables par...

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New York Climate Week: “We need to recognize the urgency we face”- Patricia Espinosa
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New York Climate Week: “We need to recognize the urgency we face”- Patricia Espinosa

New York Climate Week: “We need to recognize the urgency we face”- Patricia Espinosa At the opening ceremony of New York Climate Week on monday 24th, the Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, called for more urgency in taking climate action and stressed the need for leadership and a committed multilateral response. Her address   Seventhy-three years ago, nations—ravaged by war, weary of its costs—pledged to achieve what had, for the first half of the century, been impossible: a lasting peace. The signing of the UN Charter in San Francisco was more than an agreement to get along. It established a rules-based international order, championed multilateralism over self-interest, and clarified that the path forward was not through conflict but collaboration.We bear the fruit of that work. Today, many are healthier, better educated, and more peaceful than at any point in history.ut humanity faces a new challenge; one that threatens current and future generations. The Paris Agreement Climate change is an opponent we shaped with our own hands, but whose power now threatens to overwhelm us. Throughout the world, extreme heatwaves, wildfires, storms and floods are leaving a trail of devastation and death.Developing countries suffer the worst, but climate change affects all nations—directly and indirectly. It’s a challenge that a rules-based international order is custom-designed to address—which led to the Paris Agreement. Like the UN Charter itself, its signing was an unprecedented multilateral success. But nations are not living up to what they promised. Under it, nations agreed to limit climate change to 2-degrees Celsius—ideally 1.5C. These targets are the bare minimum to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. But what nations have currently pledged under Paris will bring the global temperature up about 3C by 2100. Let us be clear: low ambition leads to a future where humanity no longer controls its own fate—runaway climate change does. Recent negotiations in Bangkok on the Paris Agreement’s implementation guidelines made some progress, but not enough. Recognizing the urgency We must therefore work harder than ever between now and COP24 to complete this work. We need to see leadership, we need to recognize the urgency we face, and we need to make a commitment to a decisive multilateral response. We have no other option. This means that we must listen to the voices of billions who understand that time itself is a dwindling resource when it comes to climate change. We must listen also to those who understand that addressing climate change provides extraordinary opportunity and are acting. Just as 73 years ago the UN Charter was signed in San Francisco and then moved to New York City……we’ve also just arrived from...

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L’ Afrique, leader de la lutte contre les changements climatiques, pourrait-elle influencer les Etats-Unis?
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L’ Afrique, leader de la lutte contre les changements climatiques, pourrait-elle influencer les Etats-Unis?

L’ Afrique, leader de la lutte contre les changements climatiques, pourrait influencer les Etats-Unis EDITORIAL Par Houmi AHAMED-MIKIDACHE Alors que nous avons récemment remarqué que l’Amérique investit en Afrique dans le domaine environnemental, paradoxalement le pays du Président Donald Trump continue à nier l’existence des changements climatiques. Pourtant, les faits sont là : élévation de la mer, déplacement des populations, sécheresse et chaleur intenses sont fréquentes actuellement aux Etats-Unis, notamment en Californie, avec des pics de chaleurs évalués à 48, 9° Celsius  à Chino près de Los Angeles le 7 juillet dernier, d’après la météo nationale américaine. L’Amérique de Donald Trump vit la Canicule et ses conséquences  comme dans de nombreux pays  en ce moment, et pourtant le gouvernement américain a toujours  l’intention de se retirer   de l’Accord de Paris. Era Environnement, ce mois-ci, vous donnera des explications sur les différentes stratégies des pays d’Afrique pour mettre le climat, l’économie verte et bleue au centre des préoccupations  géostratégiques. Cela pourrait-il impulser sur la décision finale des Etats-Unis dans quelques années ?  A Suivre....

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