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The PACJA Gabon platform has just strengthened its governance structures, with its extraordinary general assembly.
During the August 10, 2019 meeting at its headquarters in Angondje, Sherko City, members representing more than 60 Gabonese civil society organisations were briefed on the new provisions regarding the life of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance. "We have organised this general assembly to not only upgrade the new measures taken by headquarters to improve our management capabilities but also we are here today to reflect on the life of our platform. We need to strengthen the cohesion between us members and recall the role of each one as a member of the PACJA," said the Chairman of the Supervisory Board Nicaise Moulombi.

Gabon Platform

Members were also entitled to the balance sheet of the different activities carried out by the various PACJA Gabon platform coordination committees between May 2018 and August 2019. Speaking of the new provisions, the National Coordinator of the PACJA-Gabon, informed attendees about the vision at the highest levels of PACJA, which aims to strengthen the management capacity of national platforms.

" We do not need to reach 2,000 members who do not know where we are going, who do not understand our vision and the scope of our commitment to Africa and the world. We must therefore co-opt new ones, but we must, above all, manage our projects well and deserve the confidence placed in Gabon. And for that, we need the involvement of everyone," said Fabrice Ntchango as he gave his presentation. He said it would take a lot of awareness to get to where PACJA wanted to be."

Another highlight, President Nicaise Moulombi, installed the newly promoted advisors to the Supervisory Board. They are Mr Flavien Mincko, who will assume the human rights pole, Mrs Elodie Bigondou, who will follow the financial planning, and Mr Ditenx Ibinga, the new head of the political pole.

At the level of the general secretariat, Mr Esdras Epmi is the new manager. He will be supported by Mr Breigneiv Mambila (in charge of external relations) and Mrs Ingrid Boussamba (in charge of legal relations).

The nominations that have been successfully received by the members of the General Assembly have not failed to encourage the new, with pledges already made to the task within the platform. All of the Council's proposals have been approved by members and the PACJA platform is now expected at the foot of the wall.

In Central African Republic, the Project is being implemented by PACJA through Central African Organisation for the Conservation of Nature (OCDN). OCDN is focusing on increasing outreach of the CSO members of the GDRNE platform and local communities from Balekoko and Moboma areas.

Our Success Story: Central African Republic

The team organised an official launching workshop of the project with the participation of all actors (Administration, private sectors and CSO members of the GDRNE platform) on March 8, 2019.
The team has also translated several communication materials on REDD+ and climate change in simplified tools in local dialect by a working group composed of CSO members of the Sustainable Management Platform for Natural Resources and the Environment (GDRNE).

Awareness campaigns have targeted 12 villages on the REDD+ process. On Communication, public and private print and electronic media were invited at the official launching workshop of the project in Bangui to inform the Central African public. We have taken advantage of the relationship with the media to achieve opportunities for interviews used to create more awareness. At the same time, local radio correspondents Centrafrique and Ndékeluka contribute during the information and awareness campaigns for the Balé Loko and Mobama communities located in the Prefecture of Lobaye.

"We have had several training sessions with different organisations, but this one with PACJA was unique because from here you have no room to waste time but go do something. There is hope, and we will reduce the emission in whatever ways, even if by a small margin. It is for us, and for our children,” said a participant in one of the training sessions."

Similar successes are being recorded in Mozambique, where the project is implemented by PACJA with Community Land Initiative (CLI). The capacity building has been on access to rights (land); governance systems at community levels; and payment for environmental service business model. CLI has been developing standards to improve governance systems for rural communities.

Our Success Story: Mozambique

The organisation, through a working group, has also facilitated establishment of Community Based Natural Resource Management Network (CBNRMN) to serve as platform that will share information, lessons and monitor performance of REDD+ and other CBNRM initiatives towards sustainable natural resources management. CLI has also prepared training materials to be used countrywide, especially in Zambezia Emission Reduction Programme area to sensitize communities on implementation of REDD+ programme in Mozambique. Training workshops are underway.

“The constitution of the network and your operation will constitute a reference platform for Standardisation of instruments for better management of natural resources in the country, supporting and strengthening community empowerment for your greater involvement and your process improvement of livelihoods. The network will support the private sector, the Government and CSO in their actions to achieve the best results on your performance in the face of natural resource management. The network will recommend for each case the best models of management through pilot studies, in addition to working as a quality control body, based on regular and ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the instruments developed for this purpose,” says Nelson Virgílio Rafael, Member of CBNRM Network, representing Zambezi University Academic Institution."