PACJA and Climate pal led stakeholders in a workshop to share views on the project design, social and environmental impacts of an energy-efficient cook-stove project called Hifadhi – Livelihoods Cook-Stove and tree planting Project, which was developed under Gold standards and is being implemented by Climate Pal, in partnership with the Livelihoods Fund. The project is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions; mitigating climate change and deforestation. Improved Hifadhi cook stoves and tree seedlings will be provided to 60,000 local households in different sub counties in Tharaka Nithi.
This workshop which was held on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 in Tharaka Nithi county is one among the many successes from the joint project: Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation currently being implemented in Tharaka Nithi by Trocaire, PACJA and CARITAS of the catholic Diocese of Meru. The stake holders shared views and comments on the project design, social and environmental impacts to assist in the successful implementation of the project.
Benefits of the Hifadhi Cook Stove
The Hifadhi Cook Stove uses approximately 60% less fuel compared to the traditional three-stone stoves. Since less wood will be needed, less trees will be cut thereby saving time and money on wood collection. This will in turn provide more efficient and healthier cooking methods, reduce smoke emissions and protect the forests. Women and youth will be empowered to constructively use their saved time on other constructive activities. Training will be done to enlighten the communities on tree planting, forest conservation, climate change and environmental conservation.
Benefits of Tree planting
The project also encourages families to create woodlots or food forests through the distribution of a minimum of 3 seedlings per house hold. This is aimed at creating sufficient wood-fuel to fulfil household needs, provide alternative sources of income and conserve the nearby forests and river lines.
Within the month of Jan 2019, similar workshops will be replicated at all sub counties to create more awareness. The project will be monitored and evaluated annually in order to assess the user satisfaction and the environmental friendliness of the stove.
The Pan African climate justice alliance (PACJA) is currently in Uganda to explore the possibility of developing a civil society SDGs platform whose objective will be to hold the Ugandan government accountable for the implementation of the SDGs by putting pressure on the government to honour its commitment to the implementation of the Goals.
This will be a first step towards realization of the SDGs in the East African region which has notably reported slow progress in the achievement of these Goals.
This will provide a major boost to the post 2015 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) which intertwine economic, social and environmental aspects to sustainable development. They also feature important additions to the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including climate change, economic inequality, innovation, poverty alleviation, peace and justice.
Strengthening Partnerships for the Effective Implementation of the Agenda 2030 in East Africa
The mission arises from PACJA’s GIZ funded project which aims to accelerate the implementation of SDGs specifically: 5 (Gender Equality), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 10 (Reduced Inequality); 13 Climate Action; and 17 (Partnerships to achieve the Goal). The project which is being implemented in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania is aimed at the achievement of agenda 2030 in East Africa.
Specifically, the project will put in place integrated and coordinated interventions at all levels aimed at strengthening cross-sectoral coordination among line ministries and partnerships between key stakeholders, such as community groups, CSOs, NGOs, the private sector, academia, the media and policy makers to ensure coherence between the SDGs implementation and the Paris Agreement.
Using lessons learnt in Kenya in the Voluntary National Reporting process (VNR), the project will support CSOs in Tanzania and Uganda to report on the progress made on the SDGs implementation and champion for 2030 Agenda to be embedded in the countries’ national political and social process.
Cumulative Achievement of the SDGs
These efforts will collectively contribute to PACJAs efforts in accelerating the implementation of the 17 SDGs which are interconnected. For instance, achievements in Climate Action will impact on availability of Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Responsible Consumption and Production, Life Below Water, Health, Gender Equality, Sustainable Cities and Communities; and ultimately Forming Partnerships to Achieve the Goal.
Mr. Augustine Njanmnshi, the Alliance Technical and Political Affairs Chair
The Pan African Climate Justice (PACJA) will Co-Chair the Civil Society Committee of the African Bank in the next two years, till 2020. At a Statutory meeting held at the Bank’s Headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Mr. Augustine Njanmnshi, the Alliance Technical and Political Affairs Chair was unanimously elected in the position, which is crucial in the premier African financial institution’s outreach to civil society. He will Co-Chair the Committee with the Bank’s Vice-President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Jennifer Blanke.
Established in 2000, the AfDB Civil Society Committee seeks to provide the structure for a broader, deeper and more consistent engagement with the CSOs in Africa and beyond, and aims to position the civil society as key partners in development in the continent.
In his acceptance remarks, Mr. Njamnishi, who is also the Coordinator of the African Coalition for Sustainable Energy and Access (ACSEA), thanked the civil society representatives from various thematic groups for having confidence in him and PACJA, and promised to ensure a strengthened collaboration between civil society and the Bank.
“I take this opportunity to salute the personal conviction and commitment of President Adesina Akiwumi who has ensured the engagement of the civil society is not just a rubber stamp, but something real,” he said, appealing to the Bank Management to facilitate further engagement with the civil society beyond the traditional meetings. “In order to ensure continuity,“ he emphasized, “ we request the Bank to facilitate a face-to-face meeting between our team and the outgoing committee so as to build on their strengths as well as shortfalls.”
In spelling his vision in leading the Committee, Mr. Njamnshi promised a transformed relationship with the bank, drawing from PACJA’s convening and outreach power, and particularly connection with the communities. “I know the question on many minds would be what my team do differently,” He noted, “we want to be that committee that believes that the Bank’s name and influence in the communities should not be read on billboards of Projects, that the Bank should be known as the Pan African Institution, that engages, informs, consults and involves the people on the ground in its development efforts.”
The Tuesday 15 January 2019 Civil Society Committee Statutory Meeting was held at the backdrop of the Bank’s increasing recognition of the role of non-state actors in its strategy, which is anchored in the High five Priorities (Light up and Power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa) and ten year strategy (2013 – 2022).
Congratulating the ACSEA Coordinator for clinching the seat, Mr. Benson Ireri, the Christian Aid African Regional Advisor on Climate Change and Energy, who also serves in the AfDB Committee representing International NGOs urged Njamnshi to provide strategic leadership which will bring the Bank closer to the people to ensure its responsive to critical issues such as choices of energy and development paradigm.
“ We particularly look forward to constructive engagement as allies rather than adversaries with the Bank,” said Ireri, “ for instance, a conversation on the choice of energy we should use in the climate-constrained world where the African continent is at the frontline of climate impact is very crucial at the moment.”
The PACJA Executive Director, Mithika Mwenda welcomed the election of Mr. Njamnshi, and assured of the Alliance support in the pursuit of the Committee mandate, “ from the outset, “ said Mwenda, “ the entire infrastructure of PACJA is at the disposal of the Committee to ensure its vision is achieves.”
Pollution is no longer a distant phenomenon as it is affecting our daily lives,and unless we realize our responsibility and start using environment friendly processes,then the very survival of our planet is in danger.
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