NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Greater focus on domestic resources as opposed to
dwindling overseas support is key to sustain financing of
climate resilience projects in Africa, campaigners said on
Thursday evening during a pan-African climate forum taking place
The green advocates
noted that geopolitical tremors that have triggered
uncertainties in the multilateral climate financing regime are a
wake-up call for African countries to explore new sources of
funding within their borders.
Muawia Shaddad, head
of Sudanese Environmental Conservation Society, said that
African countries should enact robust policy and legislative
frameworks to bridge climate financing gaps through domestic
“Over dependence on
foreign donors to finance climate change programs here in Africa
is no longer tenable and we have no choice but to look for
resources internally. It is doable given the level of economic
vitality in the continent,” Shaddad said.
Kenya hosted the
seventh Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII)
conference that discussed viable options to boost resilience of
the continent’s economies against a backdrop of disruptions
caused by global warming.
delegates in attendance who included policymakers, scholars and
grassroots campaigners agreed that Africa must focus on
home-grown initiatives to boost climate financing as support
from traditional donors slump.
leader of a Zambian small-holder farmers’ coalition, proposed
higher taxation on fossil fuels and mineral wealth that is
abundant in Africa to help finance climate change adaptation and
“Part of revenue
generated from mining activities and exploitation of fossil
fuels should be channeled towards community based resilience
projects like reforestation, water management and climate smart
agro-pastoralism,” said Chimambo.
should strengthen public private partnership to boost financing
in climate resilience projects that accelerate low carbon growth
while generating new jobs for the youthful population.
James Kinyangi, the
chief climate policy officer at African Development Bank (AfDB),
said that policy and regulatory incentives are key to encourage
indigenous firms invest in green projects.
encourage listed firms to invest in projects that promise a
green and sustainable future for everyone,” said Kinyangi adding
that a stable macro-economic environment is key to sustain
climate financing in Africa.
climate summit adopts resolutions to drive green agenda
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The seventh climate change and development in
Africa conference (CCDA-V11) wrapped up in Nairobi on Friday
with participants endorsing sweeping recommendations to hasten
green and inclusive growth in the continent.
Mohamed Elmi, chief
administrative secretary in Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and
Natural resources, said the three-day summit injected vitality
into efforts to find home grown solution to Africa’s climate
“After three days of
fruitful deliberations, everyone agreed that African-led
initiatives to tackle negative impacts of climate change have
the potential to deliver results in the long-term,” said Elmi.
More than 700
delegates who included policymakers, representatives of regional
blocs, researchers and grassroots campaigners attended the pan
African climate forum in Nairobi to explore innovative ways to
reactivate the continent’s green agenda.
Elmi said that
resolutions adopted at the forum will be presented at the
forthcoming global climate summit to be held in Poland from Dec.
“We have resolved to
speak as a united bloc to ensure our voice is heard at the 24th
session of conference of parties (COP24) to the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change that will take place in
Poland coming December,” said Elmi.
“A united Africa
should push for developed countries to honor their commitment in
emissions reduction and green finance,” he added.
resolutions adopted at the Nairobi pan African climate forum
included domestic resources mobilization, robust grassroots
education and harmonization of policies to hasten low carbon
Olushola Olayide, a
senior policy advisor at the African Union Commission, said that
a retooling of climate change mitigation and adaptation in
Africa is required to realize a green growth that benefits
“A paradigm shift
must inform our next stage of climate change response as we
learn from past successes and failures,” said Olayide.
“It cannot be
business as usual as our continent continues to suffer from a
chain of environmental disasters that can be tamed if we invest
in clean energy,”Olayide added.
John Bideri, chair
of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, Rwanda chapter, said
that a continental dialogue should be reactivated to hasten the
momentum towards achieving zero carbon emissions development.
“We have a chance to
move forward the climate agenda by involving all stakeholders.
The next phase of dialogue should focus on how the continent can
tap into its innovations, abundant natural resources and skilled
workforce to enhance its climate resilience,” said Bideri.
He added that low
carbon emissions growth is an imperative as African countries
grapple with rapid urbanization and pressure on natural
African experts urge robust
action on rising temperatures to save livelihoods
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Governments and industries must double efforts to
limit greenhouse gas emissions in order to halt rise in
atmospheric temperatures that is posing serious threats to
livelihoods and natural assets in Africa, experts said on
They made the call
at a pan African Climate summit in Nairobi.
The experts agreed
that the future of African communities is at stake as a warming
planet trigger recurrent droughts, food shortages, new epidemics
and disruption to ecosystems.
Yacob Mulugetta, an
Ethiopian scholar and lead author of the UN Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on global warming,
said that rising temperatures will reverse socio-economic gains
African countries have made in recent times.
rise that has been influenced by human activities is having
profound consequences in Africa where extreme weather events
have occurred with bigger intensity,” said Mulugetta.
to limit greenhouse gas emissions are inevitable in order to
enhance climate resilience for African communities,” he added.
Mulugetta said that
the international community has a moral obligation to support
climate change mitigation and adaptation in Africa through
deployment of green technologies and awareness creation.
The UN IPCCC report
that was launched on Oct. 8 in Incheon, South Korea stated that
failure to limit emission of planet warming gases is likely to
worsen droughts, poverty, hunger and disease outbreaks in the
least developed countries majority of which are in Africa.
that rising temperatures will adversely affect power generation,
tourism, infrastructure development and human settlements in the
World’s second largest continent.
atmospheric temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius is not an
option if we are to save communities, nature and livelihoods in
vulnerable African countries,” Mulugetta said.
Regional Representative for the World Meteorological
Organization, said that action on atmospheric warming should be
embedded in Africa’s development agenda.
evidence reveal that Africa is warming rapidly hence worsening
the vulnerability of communities to extreme weather events.
Putting a cap on carbon emissions is key to enhance the
resilience of populations,” said Majodina.
should be at the center of global conversations on innovative
ways that should be adopted to halt warming of the planet that
has escalated against a backdrop of consumption of fossil fuels
to power industrial growth.
Laban Ogallo, a
Kenyan Climate Scientist, said that less costly but effective
options including reforestation, clean manufacturing, protection
of watersheds and adoption of renewable energy sources, have the
potential to accelerate low carbon development in Africa.