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Cameroon: Marine Litter on the Limbe Beaches- a Growing Environmental Concern.

Posted by Edith Achamukong on July 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Environment experts say the increasing amounts of waste on the sea and beaches could be lethal, reason why bad waste disposal habits need to be dropped.

Over the years, the activities of fishermen, traders and tourists along the coastline of Cameroon have put the health of sea birds, reptiles, fish and sea mammals and human beings in jeopardy.

On a daily basis, waste material generally referred to as marine litter is generated comprising plastic bags, plastic bottles, cigarette stumps, old clothes and abandoned fishing gear. Most of these items are non-biodegradable in nature and sometimes are washed into the sea from residential areas or simply disposed of by ships.

Environment experts say when aquatic animals consume such plastic waste, this leads to entanglement, bloating, poisoning and death. Some of these sea creatures mistake plastic bags for jellyfish. The toxic contents of these plastics have been linked to the suppressed immune systems and reduced reproductive rate of sea creatures. Also, when contaminated sea food is poorly cooked and consumed by humans, the health implications are severe.

In a bid to tackle the problem of poor waste disposal and management on the beaches of Limbe, the City Council has recruited the services of a waste disposal company to meticulously clean this tourist destination. Besides, pro-environment Non Governmental Organizations carry out regular beach cleaning campaigns. Unfortunately, these efforts are sometimes thwarted by the unsanctioned habits of some tourists who fail to drop rubbish mostly plastics in garbage cans. Commercial fishermen upon return from fishing trips litter the shores with marine debris picked up by their fishing nets.

Talking to this reporter, a fisherman, Johannes admitted that ‘at times we go fishing and end up filling our nets with more dirt than fish. When we bring our nets to the sea shore, we take time to remove such dirt and drop here because we have people who clean the beach every day. They are paid to do that’. These fishermen are entrapped in a vicious circle of ‘catching’ litter they previously dumped on the sea shores.

While the activities of fishermen and tourists contribute to the heaps of waste, the refuse disposal habits of slum dwellers greatly amplify the problem. The Chief of Bureau for Maritime Transport in Limbe Moki Martin says most of the litter that ends up in places like ‘Down beach’ Limbe comes from nearby creeks. ‘Some people especially fishermen have illegally constructed their houses along the creeks in Limbe and Tiko and they dispose of their household waste in these creeks. When it rains heavily, the dirt is dragged into the Atlantic Ocean as the streams empty themselves’. Asked to comment about the waste disposal habits of sea vessel occupants, Moki said ‘many people think it is ships that pollute the sea, this is not the case because our office works closely with ships and we control even their waste baskets and they know that the penalties are high if they are caught polluting’.

In line with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), experts of the Divisional Delegation of Environment in Fako ensure the prevention of oil pollution through rigorous checks of ships that anchor in the West Coast. One of the officers in charge of environmental control, Tiwa Zacharie, says ‘during our operations, we find out if kitchen waste is treated before being disposed of in the sea. We also control the waste oil in their slush tanks as well as the sewage. To ensure that the sea waters are not polluted by waste oil from their engines, ships that successfully anchor with such waste are hooked up to certified waste disposal companies’.

It is worth noting that each year thousands of sea turtles and sea mammals are harmed because of plastic waste and water pollution. Moreover, the human food chain is not spared as disintegrated plastics ingested by fish end up on dining tables.

 

Wonderful Bag to Reduce fuel consumption for Cameroonian Households

Posted by Edith Achamukong on May 3, 2014 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

A specially designed bag called ‘The Wonderful Bag’ has been introduced to low and high income households in Buea sub division to enable them cook while saving time, fuel and money. The bag that is made from cloth is filled with an insulating material called polystyrene that conserves heat or cold for a long time. It is an initiative of an environment NGO Pro Climate International and is intended to scale down the felling of trees for firewood around the Mount Cameroon National Park.

The simple but efficient bag was introduced to women’s groups, gender activists and members of the public at Bongo Square in Buea on April 09 2014.

After carrying out research in villages around Cameroon, Pro climate International found out that, women have difficulties meeting their fuel needs in the kitchen. The NGO thus saw the need to address the fuel problem while ensuring that forests are preserved. Talking to ‘The Green Vision’, Hassan Ngale field assistant said ‘Our mothers go to the farm and fetch plenty of firewood that is used up in a very short time. With the Wonderful Bag, they will use the same quantity of firewood for a longer period. We are really trying to fight deforestation in Buea and in Cameroon and we believe that since this Wonderful Bag worked in Rwanda and South Africa, it will work in Cameroon.

Talking about how the project came about, the Pro Climate’s Executive Secretary Jean Claude Tsafack said ‘We are out to fight against global warming and to improve on the living conditions of the people. We have started with the production of some 200 bags that were co-financed by the PASC (Civil Society Strengthening Program of the European Union). Actually we are negotiating with NGOs Partners from Germany to start a pilot phase during which we will produce some 500 bags. If that pilot phase is successful, we are going to extend the project to others regions of Cameroon’. He went on to give directives on how the bag is used ‘to cook the food, you need to boil the food on the fire, and as soon as the food starts boiling, you carry the pot, put it inside the bag and close it. You can go to the market, to the farm or you can be doing laundry while the food is gently cooking inside the bag’.

During a demonstration exercise at Bongo Square, staff and volunteers of Pro Climate International used the cooking gadget to prepare food items like beans, rice and green plantains.

One of the onlookers Cletus Agbor who happened to procure one of the cooking bags for his family said “I am an advocate for environmental protection. I want to see if this bag is going to be sustainable and if it is going to help us in stopping the damage that we have already caused on the environment.”

Agbor went on that he uses both gas and firewood in his home “When I buy a bottle of cooking gas, it lasts for a month since I have a large family. I buy a truck load of wood for eighteen thousand FCFA and the wood lasts for about three months. So I will have to compare to see if with the use of this bag, the expenditure will increase or decrease.

Moved by the idea, gender activist and promoter of women’s empowerment Mme Esther Omam remarked that “the wonderful bag has come to increase household incomes for women. Women are the biggest users of firewood and this has heavy consequences on our forests, environment and climate. I think this initiative by Pro Climate to come up with bags that will enhance cooking while reducing the level of firewood consumption is a very good idea because the woman will not need to buy much firewood again. The money saved from firewood will be used to educate our children, pay health bills and take care of other household expenditures and who comes out victorious and empowered- the woman!

According to officials of Pro Climate International, users of the Wonderful Bag can use it not only in the kitchen but also in the farm, office or school given that no smoke is emitted in the cooking process.

 

A Competition for African Journalists sponsored by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) in cooperation with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)

Posted by AFJACC on May 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Role of African Women in Agriculture

A Competition for African Journalists sponsored by  African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)  in cooperation with  the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)  Sixth Africa Agriculture Science Week

“Africa Feeding Africa through Agricultural Science and Innovation”

July 15-20, 2013

Accra, Ghana

 About AWARD

African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) is a career-development program that equips top women scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills, through tailored fellowships. AWARD is a catalyst for innovations with high potential to contribute to the prosperity and well-being of African smallholder farmers, most of whom are women.

 AWARD believes that critical advances and innovations in agricultural development for Africa are led and enriched by the contributions of capable, confident, and influential African women. We aim to see the agricultural research and development sector demonstrating increasing responsiveness to the needs and contributions of African women.

 Launched in 2008, AWARD has provided two-year fellowships to 320 African women scientists from 11 countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia). This year, in partnership with CORAF/WECARD and Agropolis Fondation, AWARD launched a francophone pilot program benefiting five women agricultural scientists in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal. The program focuses on mentoring partnerships, science skills, and leadership development.

 AWARD is generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, and Agropolis Fondation. For more information, please visit: www.awardfellowships.org.

 Women in Agriculture

The work and contribution of AWARD Fellows are a striking example of how Africa is feeding Africa through agricultural science for development. The Sixth Africa Agriculture Science

Week provides an amazing opportunity to highlight the achievements and potential of African women in both science and innovation.

To send a powerful message about women in agriculture, both to delegates at the Sixth Africa Agriculture Science Week and the wider public in Africa and beyond, AWARD is sponsoring an international media competition for African journalists in sub-Saharan Africa.

The competition calls for the submission of a written article or radio feature on one of two themes outlined below. A judging panel chosen by AWARD will appraise the entries, and two winners (one print/web-based, one radio) will be awarded fully funded attendance at the Sixth Africa Agriculture Science Week, including travel costs, accommodation, per diem, and registration fees, in recognition of their journalistic achievement.

 Background: Africa Agricultural Science Week

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) will host the Sixth Africa Agriculture Science Week from July 15-20, 2013 in Accra, Ghana. Held every three years, the event will bring together African and non-African institutions involved in African agricultural research and development, including research and educational institutions, national agricultural research systems, international agricultural research centers, NGOs, policy makers, the private sector, and many more. The central theme of the 2013 event is “Africa Feeding Africa through Agricultural Science and Innovation.”

For more information, visit: http://www.fara-africa.org/scienceweek/

 Media Competition Entry Requirements

I. Eligibility

 The competition is open to all media and communication professionals (either print/web-based, or radio) who are citizens of sub-Saharan African countries and are from established media houses, private- or public-sector organizations (e.g. national research and CGIAR centers), or non-governmental organizations, including farmer organizations. Freelance journalists are also eligible.

II. Submission Format

i. Entries must be original pieces written in English only.

ii. Previously published pieces will not be accepted.

iii. The piece should be based on interviews and research from the country or region in which the journalist/media specialist is operating.

iv. Each candidate will submit only one print (in word doc or docx format) or audio piece (in mp3 format). Entries are to be submitted by email to  [email protected] .

Print word limit: Maximum 1,200 words. Font: Arial, 11 point; 1.5 line spacing.

Audio pieces: Maximum five minutes.

v. All applicants must submit a cover page containing the article title and author’s name, along with a short biographical note including name and full contact details: email address, telephone number(s), postal address, town, country, and a scanned photocopy of the author’s identification card or passport sent as a jpeg.

 Note: if you have difficulty submitting your audio piece by email, you can use YouSendit (www.yousendit.com) or a similar free Internet service.

III. Deadline

 The deadline for receipt of submissions is midnight GMT, Friday June 7, 2013. Entries are to be submitted to [email protected]. Entries received after June 7 will not be considered. Notification of approved selections will be announced after Monday June 17, 2013.

Additional Details

AWARD reserves the right to disqualify any entry if it does not meet the contest criteria and present regulations.

• By entering, participants warrant that their print/audio materials are original and do not infringe on any third party’s rights.

• Contest entry constitutes an agreement to allow AWARD to publicize contestants’ names, occupations, countries, and to publish entries.

• Contest entry also constitutes an agreement to allow AWARD to use the material in its publications and in promotional activities. Applicants will retain ownership and all other rights to future use of their material.

• If, for any reason, the competition is not completed as planned, AWARD reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend it.

• The decisions made by the panel of judges are final and beyond dispute.

 All participants in this competition implicitly accept the rules presented in this document.

IV. Competition Themes

 Based on interviews with women in agricultural science, smallholder farmers, and other related experts/sources, your journalistic piece should correspond to one of the following themes:

1. Women-to-women agriculture: How are African women agricultural scientists contributing to Africa feeding Africa, through the development of new technologies and methodologies, as well as innovative ways of getting information to the continent’s smallholder farmers, most of whom are women? (Reference to at least one AWARD Fellow or AWARD Mentor should be included in the final article/radio feature.)

2. Mentoring a new generation: How are AWARD Fellows working with their AWARD Mentors to make the most of their potential as women scientists? In what different ways does having a mentor benefit a scientist, and how does being an AWARD Fellow help women scientists progress in a male-dominated profession? Are there particular advantages to investing in women scientists, and how does this boost the quality of agricultural science in Africa as a whole?

Note: For referrals to AWARD Fellows and AWARD Mentors in 15 countries across Africa, please contact Karen Homer, AWARD Communications Manager - [email protected]

V. Selection Process

 

A panel of judges will review entries and decide on the winners in the print/web-based and radio categories. The pieces should demonstrate that the author(s) understand the issues outlined above.

The main selection criteria for the pieces are:

 • originality, structure, and quality of writing/broadcast piece

• creativity and color (use of relevant interviews and examples to illustrate the issues)

• variety of voices/quotes used

• quality of language (engaging writing/radio style, accurate spelling and grammar, etc.)

• respect of the prescribed format

 VI. Presentation of Prizes

 The best print/web-based and the best audio journalistic piece will be selected using the criteria outlined. The winners will be notified after Monday June 17, 2013 by email or telephone, and will be fully supported to attend the Sixth Africa Agriculture Science Week, July 15-20, 2013 in Accra, Ghana. They will also each be presented with a certificate of recognition during the conference. In addition, they will be invited to report on sessions during the conference.

Besides the two winning entries, the top five selected pieces in each category will be published and promoted regionally, internationally, and on the AWARD website.

Karen Homer, Communications Manager Susanna Thorp, Director

AWARD WRENmedia

1st African food security conference, "Harnessing Ecosystem based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to climate change"

Posted by AFJACC on May 1, 2013 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear AFJACC Members,
Africa's vulnerability to climate change impacts has been underscored by recent severe droughts in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. Africa’s population will constitute about 23% of the global population by 2050, placing huge demand on states to ensure enough food for their populations. These factors raises big questions about the types of approaches needed to meet future food security challenges.

With the shift towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015, approaches that serve multiple purposes and provide cross-cutting benefits will be required. Achieving food security is unmanageable without adaptation to climate change measures and practices that not only support farmers in producing enough food to meet people's nutritional needs but that also preserve ecosystems from degradation, for example, preventing soil erosion, water, nutrients and pollinators that underpin agricultural productivity, particularly in small holder dominated landscapes.

Against this backdrop the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Africa (UNEP/ROA) is organizing an African food security conference, "Harnessing Ecosystem based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to climate change In Africa" which will take place in Nairobi on August 20-21, 2013.

The objective is to aggregate lessons and experiences into common solutions for food security and climate change adaptation. We will discuss recent applications, share information on targeted ecological actions that provide opportunities for addressing food insecurity and identify how to scale up ecosystem-based adaptation practices.

 We will appreciate if you can provide a practical example of work which harnesses ecosystems services to enhance food security and adaptation and at the same time also enhances the productivity of the ecosystems using the  presentation outline and template below showing clearly.

1. The problem: what risk has been addressed

2. The objective

3. Methodology & Implementation

- What ecosystem approaches were adopted to implement project activities?

- What risk was this approach addressing?

- Which time of the year was this approach applied

- Who were the target groupsof the project?

- Who were the key stakeholders of the project and what methods were used to involve them?

- What were the replicability potential of the project

4. Where the action took place and  what was done ( the solution)

5. How did this ecosystem approach addressed and enhanced

-  Food security

- Climate Change adaptation

-Contributed to the ecosystems productivity

6. The big Picture

- Number of people who benefited,(used a baseline and compared to the number at the end of the action who became food secured and benefit from emerging opportunities)

- Emerging opportunities

- Replication and up-scaling potential

- How did the project addressed sustainability and cross-cutting issues

- What should be considered in upscaling ecosystem based approaches

7. What are the current limitations in the use of ecosystem approaches

- What do we know of the scientific bases of this ecosystem based approach

- what are the scientific limitations 

Also a 2-5 pager write up along the outline above will be highly welcome.

Send your contributions to [email protected]

The deadline for submission is Monday May 6 2013.

 


Critically endangered Cross River Gorilla killed in NW Cameroon

Posted by Regina Fonjia Leke on March 26, 2013 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

A community of Pinyin people in Santa Subdivision, NW Cameroon, March 1, 2013 reportedly killed an over 40-year-old Silver-back Cross River Gorilla in coldblood. The critically endangered species had reportedly strayed from the proposed Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in the Lebialem Highlands in the Southwest Region of Cameroon.

The locals allegedly  used some 45 cartridges to shoot the gorilla and went on to finish the ape with several blows delivered with clubs and stones, leaving the animal in a pool of its own blood says acommuniqué released by the Environment and Rural development Foundation,(ERuDeF).

According to the release, ERuDeF’s wildlife expert, Neba Bede, dispatched to the scene on March 5, discovered that the Silver-back was killed following the orders of theChief of Gendarmerie Brigade based in Pinyin in the name of “self defense”without conducting the necessary security checks to ensure that this critically endangered animal is not causing any security dangers to the local people.

A local teacher going to her farm early in the morning of March 1 had reported the presence of the Gorilla about 1KM from the village.

Speaking at a press briefing in Buea, the Executive Director of ERuDeF, Louis Nkembi said the death of this critically endangered ape remains a huge loss to the conservation world given that the ape is Africa’s rarest and most threatened primate and one of the world’s 25 most threatened wildlife species. “Only 300 of them live in the wild between the Nigeria-Cameroon borders Region.” Louis added.

The Northwest Regional Delegate for Forestry and Wildlife, Mbah Grace regretted the loss of this totally protected human cousin and re-iterated the efforts of her ministry to increase the community sensitization in the border areas of theTofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary based in the NW Region.

TheSouthwest Regional Chief of service in charge of Wildlife and Protected Areas, Emmanuel Eboule, equally regretted the reckless killing of the Cross RiverGorilla and said that government through the Ministry of Forestry would take appropriate measures to see that this kind of incident does not repeat itself.

In 2004, a new sub population of the Cross River Gorillas was discovered by ERuDeF’s scientists in the now proposed Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary. Since 2010, the Government of Cameroon through the technical assistance of ERuDeF has been working to complete the creation of this very important Sanctuary, which is home to about 40 Cross River Gorillas and over 150 Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzees and a range of other endangered species of fauna and flora.

 Only a very small number of Cross River Gorillas have been sighted in Tofala. The most recent was on the 24th February, 2013 by the Divisional Officer for Wabane Sub Division, Innocent Moni, in Besali forest on his way to Menji. “The presence of this Gorilla about 33km away from Tofala is a  good proof to explain the fact that theTofala Gorillas are not isolated and still maintain a genetic gene flow with the other Gorilla sub populations in the Takamanda forest area, as few Gorilla sightings have been recorded between Tofala and Takamanda forests” says Louis Nkembi.

The killing of this Silver-back in Pinyin provides a more glaring proof about the plight o f this elusive wildlife species, that there is no hope for them out of formal protected areas. The migration of this killed silver back is also a testimony of the intense human pressure that the Gorillas in the Tofala forests are facing. This pressure includes very high forest conversion to farms and poaching.

ERuDeF and its partners are thus urging the Government of Cameroon to speed up the Process to complete the creation of the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary and the other proposed sites in the Lebialem Highlands Conservation Complex. Otherwise,the world might just be bidding farewell to the last 60 Gorillas and over 400 Chimpanzees living in the forest of the Lebialem Highlands and its corridors.

 

Over 150 women schooled on their rights to access and benefits to natural resources

Posted by Regina Fonjia Leke on March 6, 2013 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (2)

Ahead of the 28thedition of the women’s day


Preparations towards the celebration of the 2013 edition of the International women’s day are already on top gear in Cameroon. Just almost two days to go to the 8th of March, internationally recognized as the day set aside to celebrate the woman, over 150 women drawn from 15 groups in the South West Region of Cameroon have been schooled on their rights to access and benefit from the rich natural resources ranging from forests to non- forests products.

The event which took place on the 4th of March at theYouth Center in Buea was organized by the German Cooperation in Cameroon theGIZ. The event was in line with the organization’s sixth edition of the “StrongWomen and girls” organized every March to mark the celebrations of the international women’s day and help empower women in various aspects. Opening the ceremony, the GIZ coordinator of the Strong women and girls program in Buea, Katharina Pfeifer explained that the aim of this year’s edition was to inform women on how they can have access and benefit from natural resources and to empower them take their own strategic decisions to be self employed.Speaking during the occasion, the Delegate for women’s empowerment, Ms MoffahJuditha Luma recalled that the theme of this year’s women’s day “elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls” was in line with the “Strongwomen and girls” campaign given that when you deny a woman a right to accessing natural resources it is violence. She therefore urged women to stand up to their rights to land, water and the resources therein. An official from the Ministry of Forestry also explained to the women attending the podium discussion that the 1994 laws of the nation’s user’s right gives everyone the authorization to get food from the forest. Women were equally made to understand there exists two types of forests notably the permanent forest which is protected by government for reasons of conservation, and the non-permanent forest where they can farm.

 The event brought together women involved in different sectors who displayed their competences in the transformation of natural resources into finished goods. Amongst these were forest products such as “bush mango, njansah, eru” just to name these. Women equally demonstrated how they use palm nuts for the production of soap and other detergents.

When time came for demonstrations, two women representing theTofala Women’s group from the Lebialem highlands stole the show with their demonstrations on how they use palm oil to produce soap and how they use palm kernel oil and other ingredients to produce other detergents. The president of the group, Ms Sophie Awundiyi explained that the production of detergents using natural products is an age- long activity. “I started doing this a long time ago. I have learnt to use palm nuts to produce soap, sell in the market and inturn use it to take care of my family. Even other forest products like njansah and  country onions, I harvest with the authorization of forest guards, transform some and feed my family” Other women groups demonstrated how they could use cassava to produce flour and chips while others showed their competences in the transformation of fruits into fruit juice.

It would be recalled that empowering women to have access to natural resources is in line with the access and benefit-sharing provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which is designed to ensure that the physical access to genetic resources is facilitated and that the benefits obtained from their use are shared equitably with the providers. The access and benefit sharing (ABS) of natural resources has been re-iterated in the 2010 Nagoya protocol.

By Regina Fonjia Leke

 

Looking for consultant to produce a report on: Harnessing Ecosystems goods and services for achieving Green Growth & SD in Africa.

Posted by AFJACC on February 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 

We are urgently looking for a  consultant to come up with a report on  "Harnessing Ecosystems goods and services for achieving Green Growth & SD in Africa.We need someone who  has written extensively on the topic of harnessing ecosystems to contribute to wealth and economic prosperity. I will appreciate if you can send to me some CVs. It is stressed that an African will bepreferable and should have  the following qualifications:

•        Advanced degree or Master’s Degree in environmental economics, environmental science,natural resources management, or related discipline;       

•        Understanding of ecosystems and their contribution to green growth;

•        IT competencies in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet;

•        Knowledge and experience of working with African countries

 

"The main focus of this work is to carry out a factual impact assessment of the role of ecosystems good and services in paving the way towards achieving inclusive green growth and poverty reduction in Africa. The report will focus on Africa’s key natural resources and ecosystems such as agro-ecosystems, water, coastalareas, forest and biodiversity and look at existing good practices in their sustainable management. It also looks at the challenge to be caused by key factors such as climate change in terms of ensuring the sustainability of ecosystems goods and services. . The report will also look at the role of different groups including women in the sustainable exploitation and conservation of environmental goods and services."

 

 

Best regards

 

Richard Munang (Ph.D)|Policy & Programme Coordinator

Climate Change Adaptation Programme, Africa|United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

+25420 762 5727 [email protected]; www.unep.org| www.africa.ganadapt.org

African Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Networks Endorse Continental Force.

Posted by AFJACC on February 9, 2013 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network (AAKNet) has been endorsed as the continental force that will henceforth coordinate,facilitate and strengthen the exchange of information and knowledge infostering strategic planning on adaptation to climate change.

The network was authorized during a workshop hosted at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi Kenya on 05-06 February 2013. About 70 representatives from some 20 regional adaptation knowledge platforms and other organizations were unanimous on the pressing need for a "continental network for Adaptation in Africa"

The regional adaptation networks emphasized that Knowledge has a critical role in supporting, planning and the implementation of climate change Adaptation projects. However, such knowledge is shrouded by challenges such as fragmentation, lack of alignment of practices, insufficient understandingof end users and overlaps.

AAKNet was thus given the mandate to build new alliances in order to enhance collaboration and innovation, to harmonize and aggregate knowledge in useable packages tailored for addressing particular climate risks and building capacity so as to provide short, midterm and long-term solutions to climate change.

The delegates called on the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN), an organ of the African Union (AU), to recognize AAKNet and give it legal and political status to steer adaptation eeforts.

Speaking during the workshop, the Director of the Africa Regional Office of UNEP Dr.Mounkaila Goumandakoye said harnessing knowledge is vital because Africa is the most vulnerable continent to the impacts of climate change. He assured the delegates that resource mobilization is underway to implement their recommendations given that susceptible parts of the continent like the Sahel and the Horn of Africaare not only having difficulties adapting to climate change but are equally experiencing conflict. He called for the networks to bridge the gap between policy and science and aim at concrete action because ten out of the eight top polluters have increased their emissions while six out of the ten fast growing economies are from Africa.

The workshop held just after the Eighteenth Conference of Parties (COP18) that took place in Doha which injected some energy and momentum in advancing the adaptation agenda.

 


Call for submissions for energy journalism award

Posted by AFJACC on February 1, 2013 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Energy of Words calls for submissions of top Energy Journalist work

1February 2013 – Brussels – Energy of Words, an annual international media award established in 2004 by the Global Energy non-profitpartnership, calls for submissions of the best examples of energy printjournalism for consideration in this year’s award.

Eachyear, Energy of Words recognizes a journalist who through his/her workhas made a significant contribution to raising reader awareness andunderstanding of global energy issues, trends and solutions.

Journalistsand editors are welcomed to send a single submission that they believerepresented the best work in energy writing. The submission should havebeen published between 1 March 2012 and 28 February 2013.

Thesubmissions can be based on general news coverage, opinion pieces orinterviews published in journals, magazines and newspapers, includingonline outlets, and published in any language. The deadline to submitan application is 1 March 2013.

“Itpleases us to know that The Energy of Words award is the first of itskind. Each year we collate and assess the most exciting energypublications from around the globe. Last year alone, we receivedarticles from journalists spread across 39 countries and written inmore than 20 languages, including rare Asian and African dialects. Asyou can imagine, it was some feat for the team to translate everything!The types of articles that grabbed our attention were the ones thatwere not only interesting but had a stirring or contentious story totell also. For instance, last year’s winner, Martin Fackler of the NewYork Times, was awarded the prize for his outstanding coverage of theFukushima accident. What we liked most about Martin’s work was that itnot only provided unique insight into one of the most discussedindustrial disasters of recent memory, but that his account was all themore gripping thanks to his exposure of the Japanese government, whichconcealed vital information regarding the accident. We advise thisyear’s entrants to keep this in mind when making their submissions”, said Igor Lobovsky, the President of the Global Energy Non-Profit Partnership.

Thewinner will receive a week long, all-expenses paid trip to St.Petersburg, Russia, and will participate as a special guest in theinternational Global Energy Prize Laureate’s Week in June 2013. Thewinner will also have the opportunity to discuss energy issues with the2013 Global Energy Prize Laureate.

More details about the award and the application process are available here:   

http://www.globalenergyprize.org/en/request/pen/new

Perspectives are provided below of recent winners of the Energy of Words award:

“Energyof Words is one of a few awards which recognize outstandingachievements of energy correspondents and writers. This is a great wayof encouraging journalists all over the world to engage in this topicand to continue spreading ideas about energy and environment.” – Mr. Martin Fackler,the Tokyo bureau chief of The New York Times, winner of the 2012 awardfor his exceptional contributions to the coverage of internationalenergy issues with his series of articles on Fukushima.

"Theenergy sector has never been more important. A rising world populationand increasing wealth means more and more power will be needed infuture. All this at a time when we need to move away from fossil fuelsand more towards low carbon alternatives. An award of this kind canonly help encourage journalists to write more and bring technologicalbreakthroughs, environmental dangers and political bottlenecks to widerinternational attention." – Mr. Terry Macalister, Energy, Editor ofThe Guardian, winner of the 2011 award for coverage of the explorationand production of oil in the Arctic circle.

ENDS

For more information, please contact Ewa Abramiuk, Fleishman-Hillard: [email protected] , +32 495 80 88 88.

http://www.globalenergyprize.org/en/ ;

http://twitter.com/#!/ge_prize ;

 

UNEP Launches New Initiative to Support Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (AAKNet)

Posted by AFJACC on January 19, 2013 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Colleagues

 

We are pleased to announce thelaunch of the  Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network (AAKNet)  InformationPortal. This  will Make Available Research, Experiences and LessonsLearned from Projects Across the Continent.

The Africa AdaptationKnowledge Network (AAKNet) aims to support climate change adaptation inAfrica by providing the following services:

Aggregating knowledge in addressingpertinent climatic risks, shared across region and across countries inaddressing short, medium and long term adaptation needs.Harnessing knowledge for strategicplanning processes including knowledge generated as pilots and also knowledgemanaged by other platforms.

Providing tailored supportin knowledge needs structured and packaged in a useable format to servestrategic planning processes.

Harnessing knowledge platformsin powering strategic planning of regional frameworks like AMCEN. Buildingan alliance and coordination of knowledge platforms in the continent withthe common purpose of supporting climate change response.

Checkout the link for more information http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2700&ArticleID=9349&l=en

 

The AAKNet website is availableat: www.africa.ganadapt.org

Best regards

 

 

Richard Munang (Ph.D)|Policy & Programme Coordinator

Climate Change Adaptation,Africa | United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

+25420 762 5727 [email protected]; www.unep.org | www.africa.ganadapt.org



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