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CSOs Participate in Climate March ahead of COP 24

The march which was organized to raise the voice on the need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius was precedent to the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 24TH Conference of the parties (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland. At the event, the DaCCA programme partners released a petition targeting the East Africa Community highlighting the urgency of the East African governments to take action towards the negative impacts of climate change that place a risk to the livelihoods of …

Publication Link: DaCCAE-BULLETIN

DaCCA Fights Climate change through Woodlots in schools and Communities

A natural woodlot requires maintenance through selective bush clearing and protection in the early stages. The benefits of such woodlots is that selected fast-growing trees, e.g. leuceania, Grevillea robusta, acacia polyacantha, Casuarina spp., etc. are carefully planted since the land is used entirely for trees and there is little need to worry about competition with crops. A high level of wood production for domestic

Publication Link: DaCCA-E-BULLETIN-SEPTEMBER

Homabay county gives attention to DaCCA activities on climate change adaptation

After a series of meetings on sensitizing and mobilizing community farmers to advocate for devolved funds, a community dialogue committee was established for the engagement with county government officers. This committee visited the ward administrators and county departments after they realized that the activities they are implementing were not prominently featured in the CIDP since the public participation forums in Homa Bay County were not adequately conducted.

Publication Link: DaCCA-E-BULLETIN Homabay 

Ward based budget analysis sessions conducted in Kisumu and Homabay

The 35 and 40 wards of Kisumu and Homabay counties respectively, were between the16th and the 20th of July engaged in budget analysis forums by the SusWatch Kenya team. The sessions which were facilitated by members of the wards termed, sub-county representatives, took the members of their communities through the county budgets in order to analyze the allocations of funds towards different development projects within their localities.

Publication: DaCCA-E-BULLETIN-Ward Based Analysis

DaCCA advocacy activities advancing in Kisumu and Homabay counties

In the months of May and June 2018, the Devolution and Climate Change Adaptation (DaCCA) programme in Western Kenya partners organized a series of community advocacy meetings on the importance of citizen participation in the county budget making process. The partners also conducted community visits to monitor the climate change adaptation methods and best practice models used by farmers in Kisumu and Homabay counties. In addition, the month of June, marked the global yearly celebrations of the World Environment Day. 

Publication Link: DaCCA-E-BULLETIN advocacy

3,000 trees planted in Kisumu and Homabay counties

OSIENALA (Friends of Lake Victoria) is implementing a project dubbed Climate-Smart Communities’ Response project under the Devolution and Climate Change Adaptation programme implemented jointly by SusWatch Kenya, Umande Trust and CREP programme. This project has overseen the planting of over 3,000 trees in Kisumu and Homabay Counties as well as promotion of the use of fuel-efficient stoves which will help conserve the environment and reduce poverty.

Publication Link: DaCCA-E-BULLETIN-Trees

LVEMP II CS Watch E- Bulletin- July 2017

Sadly, Uganda still lacks a substantive law that deals with climate change. Nevertheless, there are existing laws to address this challenge, but really not meant to directly respond to it. These include the National Environment Act (Cap 153 Laws of Uganda); and the National Forestry and Tree Planting Act, 2003. In view of this gap, a process to develop a comprehensive climate Change law that is harmonised with other related national laws, policies, strategies and international agreements (including the Paris Agreement) is now underway. According to the Ministry of Water and Environment, it is envisaged that this process will incorporate feedback from relevant public and private stakeholders including CSOs, Communities in climate change ‘hotspots’ (Bududa, Mbale, Kasese, the Cattle corridor among others); as well as deliberately reaching out to vulnerable social groups like small holder farmers, fisherfolk, People With Disabilities, Women, Youth and others.Read More..

LVEMP II CS Watch E- Bulletin- June 2017

A knowledge-sharing and networking regional workshop was held in Arusha –Tanzania from the 22nd to 23rd June 2017. The Project: Promoting the Implementation of the Paris Agreement in East Africa (PIPA) is implemented by Tanzania Traditional Energy for Development Organization, Sustainable Environmental Development Watch and Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development. The meeting is one of the ways that the civil society Partners are using to share best practices across borders and to advocate regionally for a broader involvement of civil society and a more pro-poor focus in the implementation of climate actions. PIPA is a regional Civil Society Project with a focus on pro-poor low emission development. The project seeks to contribute to strengthen the pro-poor focus and climate change ambitions in the implementation of the Paris Agreement in East Africa.

Publication Link: Final LVEMPIICS Watch June 2017

LVEMP II CS Watch E- Bulletin- May 2017

In Mityana district, central Uganda, Kikandwa Environmental Association-KEA is taking lead in improving livelihoods of the community through this approach. KEA addresses climate change impacts and vulnerabilities using different strategies and methodologies such as information sharing through the community innovation resource center.
This center provides knowledge on agro-ecology, food and nutritional security, environment management, climate change and climate change adaptation, food justice, food and seed sovereignty, market and marketing skills, education, health, provide ICT training, documentation skills to farmers. The Centre provide a place where knowledge and information can be generated and collected on different issues ranging from Environment, Natural Resource management, poverty eradication to food insecurity, health, youth unemployment and ICT Training and climate change mitigation. 

Publication Link: LVEMPIICS Watch Ebulletin May 2017

LVEMP II CS Watch E-Bulletin- April 2017

Speaking at a a regional Civil Society Dialogue as part of the Project: Promoting Implementation of the Paris Agreement (PIPA) in East Africa organized by Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD), Mr. Michael Kiza – the Programme Management Expert at the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) said that achieving universal access to modern energy is one of the greatest priorities for East Africa. Noting that there is high reliance on traditional biomass technology for thermal energy needs (cooking and industrial applications), electricity access is about 22%, well below the average of 33.5% for Sub-Saharan Africa yet there is increasing demand for transport fuel for private cars due to an inefficient public transport system.. 

Publication Link: Final LVEMPII CS Watch Ebulletin April 2017

LVEMP II CS Watch E-Bulletin- March 2017

Globally, climate change and continued poverty are probably the two largest, long-term challenges for human development. In a bid to find solutions to reduce these challenges, a regional Civil Society project “Promoting Implementation of the Paris Agreement (PIPA) in East Africa was launched in Uganda. This project focusing on pro-poor low emission development is a one a half year project running from January 2017 to June 2018 is implemented by Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD). At the launch, Civil Society stakeholders and Government conceded that there is urgent need to address climate change impacts Uganda.

Publication Link: LVEMPII CS Watch Ebulletin March 2017

LVEMP II CS Watch E-Bulletin- January 2017

A Project on Promoting the Implementation of the Paris Agreement in East Africa (PIPA) has been launched. The project focus is on pro-poor, low emission development will be implemented by Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development, SusWatch Kenya and Tanzania Traditional Energy Development and Environment Organisation (TaTEDO) with support from Sustainable Energy and the International Forum for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE).The East African countries may have small greenhouse gas emissions, but with likely developments, emissions are expected to increase substantially. Publication Link: Final LVEMPII CS Watch Ebulletin January 2017

LVEMP II CS Watch E-Bulletin- December 2016

On 1 January 2016, East Africa joined the rest of the world to officially flag off implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development—the transformative plan of action based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals—to address urgent global challenges over the next 15 years. In 2016, East Africa has continued its path towards closer integration in a number of ways counting on its 150 million citizens of which 22% is urban population

Publication Link: LVEMPII CS Watch Ebulletin December 2016