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A resolve to take the fight against the climate crisis to the grassroots culminated into a meeting with Gabonese parliamentarians, in a workshop that lay ground for more prospects in the process of implementation of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) project.

The Network of Civil Society Organisations for Green Economy in Central Africa (ROSCEVAC), in partnership with the Panafrican Alliance for Climate Justice (PACJA Gabon), held a capacity building and awareness creation meeting with more than 27 Gabonese parliamentarians and another team of representatives from different institutions of interest in the REDD+ project implementation on Monday.

The meeting with the parliamentarians was key to PACJA and ROSCEVAC, as they represent the people and are the law/policy makers as well as opinion leaders locally.

This is in tandem with the objectives of the World Bank-funded REDD+ project that seeks to influence communities to be actively involved in reducing harmful emissions.

Speaking at the workshop, the ROSCEVAC Executive Chairman Nicente Moulombi underscored the importance of building the parliamentarians’ capacity on the climate change matter, saying it would help prepare Gabon as a country as it joins the REDD+ process by 2022.

Climate governance and development have remained key to PACJA and ROSCEVAC, both which are out to influence policy on the matter. At the workshop, the parliamentarians were urged to be actively involved in matters of the climate governance at the international platform, just as their equals in many other countries were, as they would help advocate for Africa’s interests in the climate policy matters internationally.

The legislatures urged PACJA and ROSCEVAC to focus beyond them, environment and nature protection commission, and approach the secretariat of the commission for better results on the REDD+ process.

PACJA’s Chair of Political and Technical Affairs Committee Augustine B Njamnshi thanked the participants for their attendance, contributions and vow to incorporate the REDD+ process as a critical issue in their dealings, not forgetting to outline the country’s commitment and participation at the international level on matters of climate crisis.

However, Fabrice Ntchango, the REDD+ Coordinator in Gabon, sought for consideration of Gabon’s involvement internationally “within the framework of justice”.

Earlier in the week, Mr Ntchango welcomed the PACJA Secretariat team to a forum to follow up on achievements made since the alliance was launched in the Central African country last year.

The team from Nairobi comprised of PACJA’s Mr Njamnshi, Salina Sanou, Gracia Mgaria and Charles Mwangi.

At the end of the first forum, a National Youth Movement with a focus on the climate crisis adaptation and mitigation was formed and PACJA Gabon entrusted with control of the State’s $270,000 for the REDD+ implementation process.

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