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October 31, 2016

Ethiopia: Spring Brings Hope from Summer Rain

Dagim Terefe
October 31, 2016

Many Ethiopians rely on rainfall to grow crops, feed their animals, and maintain their livelihoods.

Many Ethiopians rely on rainfall to grow crops, feed their animals, and maintain their livelihoods.

For the last several decades, Ethiopia has been hit by persistent drought that damaged agricultural production and resulted in malnutrition, especially among the most vulnerable members of the population, who live in north eastern and eastern parts of the country.

Last year also, the country was hit by one of the worst droughts in over 50 years. Due to the El Nino and the resulting drought, some 14 million people were at risk and more than 10 million were in need of emergency food aid. However, in an effort to save the lives of Ethiopians, mostly the government, and humanitarian agencies have spent more than one billion USD and are still striving to curb the effects of the El Nino.

According to recent USAID assessment report, in the agro-pastoral and pastoral areas of Afar, a regional state which is highly affected, the drought has caused the death of approximately 105,000 cattle, more than 440,000 goats and sheep, 15,000 camels, and an estimated 4,500 donkeys. The assessment report also revealed that food security and reduction in access to safe drinking water across the region increased reliance on relief food assistance.

As part of the response to tackle the risk of communicable diseases in drought affected areas due to delayed and incomplete food assistance distributions, as well as limited access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services, the government and its humanitarian partners have pushed to vaccine 25 million children to prevent the occurrence of disease against measles in more than 500 drought affected Woredas (districts), reports have shown.

While the delegation team led by state minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Wondirad Mandefro visited farming sites during harvesting at Siltie and Guraghe zones in South Nation’s Nationalities and People’s Region on 27 August 2016, Wondirad discussed with farmers how they were conducting their farming and whether they were using fertilizers and modern agricultural technologies such as urea, dap, special seeds, pest sides or not. The state minister stated that the awareness of farmers needs to be raised in order to achieve their farming process successfully. He, also, underlined that farmers should use alternative water sources by making local river water diversions.

Responding to question about the farming condition, Wondrad also noted the some 11.3-million-hectare of farmland has been already covered by seeds excluding chickpea and vetch from the total plan of 13-million-hectare farmland. He added that since there has been adequate rainfall, it is expected to harvest high crop production at the end of this year, which may compensate last year’s low level of production as a consequence of the Eli Nino. Currently, there is hope due to normal climate pattern during harvesting in summer and post harvesting (October-January 2016/17). The farmers are preparing themselves to collect good agricultural productions.

Ethiopia experiences highly variable climate patterns and is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Ethiopia experiences highly variable climate patterns and is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

According to National Metrological Agency of Ethiopia report, the onset of the ‘Kiremt’ (summer) rain was normal over most ‘Kiremt’ rain benefiting areas of the nation. No pro-longed dry spell observed over northern half, central and eastern parts of the nation. The rain has continued in September over Kiremt rain benefiting areas. Moreover, in ‘Bega’( October-January 2016/17) northeast, central and eastern Ethiopia are highly likely to receive normal with the possibility of below normal rainfall at some places of the country will create favorable condition for general agricultural activities and availability of pasture and water, according to National Metrological Agency of Ethiopia report.

The Ethiopian Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy which was launched at Durban during climate change conference (COP17) clearly set that the country experiences highly variable climate patterns and is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The recent drought is a good scenario in this regard. To counter these effects, Ethiopia aims to build a strong and diversified economy which is ‘climate resilient’.

As a country, largely reliant on rain-fed agriculture and in the process of diversifying its economy, climate dependency should not stand in a way of Ethiopia to achieving middle income status by 2025. However, on the other hand, conducive biological, social and economic conditions are being observed in Ethiopia to achieve climate resilient green growth, according to researchers.

As Ethiopia is rain dependent, and has largely backward farming practices, agriculture is seriously challenged by successive rain shortages. Hence, according to environmentalists, engaging in integrated water shade management at large scale and sustainably utilizing both underground and surface water for farming, sanitation and hygiene services are highly recommended to alleviate the ongoing problems.

The Government of Ethiopia is continuing to work with the aim to mitigating the vulnerability of climate change by giving emphasis in developing and expanding renewable energy sources and technologies. The government is becoming aware of safe drinking water and healthy sanitation to agriculture, water is essential for life.

October 21, 2016

Kenya: Government Ratifies Paris Agreement

Evans Wafula
October 21, 2016

Kenya is among 15 African countries that have been commended for ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change by representatives of over 1000 civil society organisations in Africa, ahead of the Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA) conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In the same vein, Kenya’s Cabinet last week approved the National Climate Change Policy Framework, which provides a roadmap for coordinated response to climate change and urban development. The framework has been submitted to Parliament for adoption.

The country is now among the 81 countries globally that have ratified the climate change agreement out of the 197 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Climate change as a result of global warming continues to cause havoc in various parts of the world, drying up farmlands that livestock used to depend on.

Climate change as a result of global warming continues to cause havoc in various parts of the world, drying up farmlands that livestock used to depend on.

Speaking at the UN conference centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, James Murombedzi of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) hailed Kenya for championing ambitious climate policies in the run-up to Paris and by spearheading the implementation process.

“Kenya has set an example that should be emulated by the remaining African countries to demonstrate their commitment to concrete actions. We commend Kenya’s ratification as this is important to delivering the expected results,” Murombedzi said.

Mithika Mwenda, the secretary general of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) said Kenya’s step now paves way for it to benefit from the money the civil society is pushing for.

“Kenya now stands to benefit from the $100 billion pledged by developed countries to developing ones and that even larger sums be leveraged from investors, banks and the private sector that can build towards the $7 trillion needed to support a world-wide transformation on climate change,” Mwenda said.

Kenya has also enacted Climate Change Act, 2016 which provides a regulatory framework for enhanced response to achieve low carbon climate resilient development.

Other policy measures to achieve a green economy in Kenya are the National Climate Change Action Plan 2013-2017, Climate Change Response Strategy 2010 and Environmental Management and Coordination Act CAP 387.

Environment Cabinet Secretary (CS) noted Government has identified nine areas where urgent mitigation actions should be undertaken using the billions of shillings.

“Among the nine are restoration of forests and degraded lands, developing an additional 2,275 megawatts of geothermal energy, restoration of degraded forests, encouraging Kenyans to use improved cookstoves and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and agroforestry,” she said.

Others include bus rapid transit and light rail corridors, develop greenhouse gas inventory and improvement of emissions data, measuring, reporting on and monitoring forestry emissions and sinks and mainstreaming of low-carbon development options into planning processes.

“To achieve the above, Government needs to undertake a programme of work to restore forests on 960,000 hectares up to 2030 including dryland forest restoration activities, developing, testing and application of compensation and benefits-sharing mechanisms and develop an additional 2,275 MW of geothermal capacity by 2030 through a support programme aimed at encouraging private sector investment,” Wakhungu said.

The country also needs to undertake a programme of work to replant forests on 240,000 hectares of land that were previously forests, increase awareness of improved cooking practices, undertaking pilot initiatives which promote the use of LPG, increasing awareness of stove quality, increasing access to soft loans, building capacity of stove producers, and improving access to testing facilities.

She said the country needs to convert 281,000 hectares of existing arable cropland and grazing land that have medium or high agricultural potential to agroforestry and implement an extensive mass transit system for greater Nairobi, based predominantly on bus rapid transit corridors complemented by a few Light Rail Transit corridors as other mitigation measures.

Others include developing a national forest inventory, forest reference scenario, and a monitoring and reporting system that allows for transparent accounting of emissions and removals in the forestry and land-use sectors.

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC also congratulated countries that have ratified the agreement.

“This is a truly historic moment for people everywhere. The two key thresholds needed for the Paris Climate Change Agreement to become legal reality have now been met,” she said.

She added, “The speed at which countries have made the Paris Agreement’s entry into force possible is unprecedented in recent experience of international agreements and is a powerful confirmation of the importance nations attach to combating climate change and realizing the multitude of opportunities inherent in the Paris Agreement.

Under the Paris Agreement, governments are obligated to take action to achieve the temperature goals enshrined in the Agreement – keeping the average global temperature rise from pre-industrial times below 2 degrees C and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees.

The CCDA conference is an annual event by the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme and a joint initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Africa is using the conference to forge a common ground ahead of the UN climate conference, known as COP22, in Marrakesh, Morocco next month.

October 21, 2016

Ethiopia: Africa Urged to Include Gender in Issues Related To Climate Change and Development

Eshraga Abbas
October 21, 2016

Farmers worldwide are already feeling the effects of rising temperatures and more frequent droughts as a result of climate change

Farmers worldwide are already feeling the effects of rising temperatures and more frequent droughts as a result of climate change

As the sixth session of the Climate Change and Development for Africa (CCDA_CI) came to a close, Justus Kabyemera, Coordinator – ClimDev Africa Special Fund at the African Development Bank called on Africa to resolve the issue of gender and inclusivity for climate change and development sooner than later.

“Of course there are issues that remain to be sorted out, but as most of you highlighted in the course of the discussions, we need to be more strategic and assertive in our decisions. Issues of gender and inclusivity for climate change and development are some of the gaps that we need to resolve sooner than later,” he said.

He pointed out that throughout the discussions, it came clear that there was need of a coordinated and programmatic approach to climate change initiatives across the continent.

“Working in silos or doing business as usual is no longer tenable especially as we grapple with the meager resources at our disposal,” he told the conference, which was attended by different government representatives, members of parliament, civil society among other.

“We need to leverage and compliment the resources and build on the capacities of all players in the climate change arena. There is need to scale up the various initiatives, including climate services, loss and damage mechanism/models, early warning systems; but also domesticated approaches as the countries brace to implement their NDC within the framework of the Paris Agreement,” said Kabyemera.

He promised that the Bank, within the framework of ClimDev Africa and more so the Climate Change Action Plan for the period 2016 -2020 and the Feed Africa Strategy will enhance its financial and technical support to the cause of climate change across the continent.

“The Bank will continue to support the African Group of Negotiators to strengthen the African voice at international climate forums for affirmative action. We pledge to assist and facilitate countries in the implementation of their NDCs,” he said.

The bank seeks to collaborate with other partners in the implementation of both the Adaptation for African Agriculture – Triple A and Africa Adaptation Initiative (AAI), which we hope will be closely linked for the creation of synergies between them.

Kabyemera pointed out that the CCDA-VI had set pace not only for COP-22, but also for CCDA-VII, which is expected to be a trend setter for the implementation of the Paris Agreement on the Continent.

“It is our hope that all African countries will have ratified their NDCs with well guided and articulate policy frameworks at the country level to guide the implementation process. This is one aspect that we all need to collaborate to accomplish. We look forward to collaborating with you all in the implementation of the Paris Agreement in a well-coordinated and programmatic manner,” he said.

October 17, 2016

Ethiopia: Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance Boss Prays for Donald Trump’s Defeat

Dagim Terefe Gesese
October 17, 2016

The Secretary General of the Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance, an umbrella network that brings together over 1000 civil society groups that advocate for climate justice prays that Donald Trump, the American Presidential aspirant on a Republican ticket in the United States of America will lose the election.

According to Mithika Mwenda, Donald Trump is definitely going to derail the progress made so far in the fight against climate change, given his belief that the phenomenon is just but a Chinese Hoax.

“I believe in God, and I pray every day that this man gets defeated, so that all of us can forget about him and concentrate on the fight against climate change,” Mithika told a delegation of journalists and civil society organisations in Addis Ababa, ahead of the sixth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-VI).

Trump has come under heavy criticisms especially from his opponent Hillary Clinton, for his remarks on twitter that; “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

Donald Trump, the USA Republican nominee for president

Donald Trump, the USA Republican nominee for president

In one of the presidential debates, Trump further said that the issue of climate change is an issue that requires further probing, and that money used to fight the phenomenon should be channeled to other uses.

“There is still much that needs to be investigated in the field of climate change. Perhaps the best use of our limited financial resources should be in dealing with making sure that every person in the world has clean water. Perhaps we should focus on eliminating lingering diseases around the world like malaria,” said the republican nominee.

Perhaps, he continued, “We should focus on efforts to increase food production to keep pace with an ever-growing world population. Perhaps we should be focused on developing energy sources and power production that alleviates the need for dependence on fossil fuels. We must decide on how best to proceed so that we can make lives better, safer and more prosperous,” he added.

Evidence based studies have shown that climatic conditions have been changing over the years as a result of excess emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. (The greenhouse gases are compounds that are able to trap heat in the atmosphere, giving earth warmth that makes life thrive. But when they are over-emitted, they make the earth much warmer than naturally expected, leading to climate change).

The USA is one of the heaviest emitters of these gases, which include carbon dioxide, which is mostly emitted due to industrialisation.

“Science has proven that the climate is changing, and the most affected areas are found in Africa,” said Mithika. “Anyone who denies these scientific evidence based facts does not deserve any position of leadership in this world,” he added.

So far, countries have been negotiating on roadmaps towards the fight against climate change through the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC). Following the 21st round of negotiations in Paris, countries including USA came up with an agreement that details what should be done in order to reduce the emissions, adapt to the prevailing conditions and how to finance those activities.

In the same vein, some Americans have been calling for prosecution of climate deniers who like Donald Trump, made people believe that climate change was a hoax.

“We need politicians to be part of this climate change discourse, and they should be positive thinkers to enable us move forward for the sake of the planet,” said Mithika.

October 17, 2016

Ethiopia: African Countries Asked To Submit More Concrete Commitments for Tackling Climate Change

Eden Habtamu Shibeshi
October 17, 2016

Paris hosted the COP21 in December 2015

Paris hosted the COP21 in December 2015

The Africa Climate Policy Centre of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa has urged African countries that are yet to ratify the Paris Agreement to consider revising their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

Speaking at a civil society workshop on the eve of the sixth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA VI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ACPC Officer in Charge, James Murombedzi said an analysis of most INDCs has revealed a number of discrepancies which countries must revisit before they submit their instruments of ratification.

“The unprecedented momentum for ratification of the Paris Agreement present an urgent opportunity for African countries to revise their INDCs with a view to addressing the noted discrepancies and strengthening their ambition levels where appropriate,” says Murombedzi.

The Paris Agreement is set to enter into legal force on 4th November, 2016 after the 55% GHG threshold was reached in terms of ratification. Of the 81 Parties that have ratified the agreement so far, 15 are from Africa, representing just about 1% of global emissions.

The call by the ACPC head comes in the realization that the basis of the Paris Agreement is the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) submitted by all parties in the lead up to COP 21 as their national contributions to limiting global greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, once a party ratifies the Paris Agreement, its coming into force means that the Agreement and all its provisions – including NDCs – becomes legally binding to that Party.

“The analysis by ACPC determined that Most African NDCs are vague in their mitigation and Adaptation ambitions,” saysACPC’s Solomon Nkem, adding “they have failed to provide cost estimates, sources of funding, pledging emission cuts even when they do not have National GHGs emission records/inventories, while others committed cuts that exceed their current level of emissions.”

Nkem was however quick to point out that ACPC sympathises with African countries as most of them “outsourced the preparation of their INDCs.”

In view of the above, ACPC wants to use the CCDA VI as a platform to clarify these issues and help African countries make informed decisions regarding the implications of implementing the Paris Agreement in its current form, hence the theme: The Paris Agreement on climate change: What next for Africa?

Implementation of the Agreement has significant implications for Africa as the continent that will be most severely impacted by the adverse impacts of weather variability and climate change. The continent is already experiencing climate-induced impacts, such as frequent and prolonged droughts and floods, as well as environmental degradation that make livelihoods difficult for rural and urban communities. Increasing migration on the continent is both triggered and amplified by climate change.

And this is a point that Mithika Mwenda, Secretary General of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), does not want Africa to lose focus on. “We in Africa particularly, are concerned with the most important action—adaptation to climate change,” said Mwenda, pointing out that the continent should not lose focus of the most important aspects because “it’s time for Africa to now contextualize the Paris agreement and what it means for the continent’s development prospects and aspirations.”

October 12, 2016

Ethiopia: CCDA-VI in Africa to Discuss the Implications of Implementing the Paris Agreement

Water Journalists Africa
October 12, 2016

The Sixth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA–VI), the continent’s premier climate change conference will take place here from 18-20 October, bringing together diverse stakeholders to understand the implications, nuances, challenges and opportunities of implementing the Paris Agreement.

The main theme of the Sixth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA–VI), organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) programme, will be “The Paris Agreement on climate change: What next for Africa?”

The Paris Agreement on climate change, set to come into effect before the end of the year, aims to limit the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue more ambitious efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels in this century.

Scientists believe that a warmer Earth is pushing clouds upward and poleward

Scientists believe that a warmer Earth is pushing clouds upward and poleward

Implementation of the Paris Agreement has significant implications for Africa as the continent that will be most severely impacted by the adverse impacts of weather variability and climate change. The continent is already experiencing climate-induced impacts, such as frequent and prolonged droughts and floods, as well as environmental degradation that make livelihoods difficult for rural and urban communities. Increasing migration on the continent is both triggered and amplified by climate change.

Reviewing the Paris Agreement allows for a contextual analysis of what was at stake for Africa and what the Agreement offers, prior to COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco 7-18 November 2016, thereby contributing to strategic orientation for African countries in moving forward with the implementation of the Agreement.

The basis of the Paris Agreement is the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) submitted by all parties in the lead up to COP21as their national contributions to limiting global greenhouse gas emissions. INDCs became Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) subsequent to COP21.

James Murombedzi, Africa Climate Policy Centre, Officer –in-Charge says “The Paris Agreement heralds bold steps towards decarbonizing the global economy and reducing dependency on fossil fuels. However, there are contentious nuances of the agreement that must be unpacked in the context of Africa’s development priorities, particularly in regard to the means of implementation which were binding provisions of the Kyoto Protocol and currently only non-binding decisions in the Paris Agreement.”

To better articulate the specific objectives and capture the implications of implementing the Paris Agreement for inclusive and sustainable development in Africa, the Conference will be organized under the following sub-themes:
• Unpacking the Paris Agreement and emerging challenges and opportunities for Africa;
• Integration of the Paris Agreement into Africa’s development agenda and other global governance frameworks;
• Linking African initiatives to the implementation of the Paris Agreement;
• Emerging challenges from climate change.

CCDA-VI is expected to be attended by policymakers and researchers, young people, civil society organizations, negotiators and the private sector, CCDA-VI will facilitate and enrich the sharing of lessons, key research findings, outreach and policy uptake, as well as stimulate investments.

October 12, 2016

Ethiopie : CCDA-VI, en Afrique, pour discuter des implications de la mise en œuvre de l’Accord de Paris

Water Journalists Africa
October 12, 2016

Protesters during last year’s CoP in Paris

Protesters during last year’s CoP in Paris

La sixième Conférence sur les changements climatiques et le développement en Afrique (CCDA-VI), et la toute première sur le continent africain, aura lieu à Addis-Abeba, du 18 au 20 octobre et réuniradiverses parties prenantes. L’objectif de la CCDA-VI est de comprendre les implications, les nuances, les défis et opportunités de la mise en en œuvre de l’Accord de Paris.

La sixième Conférence sur les changements climatiques et le développement en Afrique (CCDA-VI), organisée sous les auspices du Programme sur le changement climatique et le développement en Afrique (ClimDev-Afrique), aura pour thème principal, «L’Accord de Paris sur les changements climatiques: Quel avenir l’Afrique »?

L’Accord de Paris sur le changement climatique, prévu entrer en vigueur avant la fin de l’année, vise à limiter la hausse de la température moyenne mondiale bien en dessous de 2°C, seuil supérieur des niveaux préindustriels et poursuivre des efforts plus ambitieux pour limiter la hausse des températures à 1,5°C,seuil supérieur des niveaux préindustriels de ce siècle.

La mise en œuvre de l’Accord de Paris a des implications importantes pour l’Afrique étant connue comme le continent qui sera le plus durement touché par les effets néfastes de la variabilité des conditions météorologiques et du changement climatique. Le continent connaît déjà les conséquences causées par le climat, telles que les sécheresses fréquentes et prolongées et les inondations, ainsi que la dégradation de l’environnement qui rendent difficile les moyens de subsistance des communautés rurales et urbaines. L’augmentation de la migration sur le continent est à la fois déclenchée et amplifié par le changement climatique.

Examiner l’Accord de Paris permet d’analyser de façon contextuelle les enjeux pour l’Afrique et les possibilités qu’offre l’Accorde et ce avant COP22 qui se déroule du7 au 18 novembre 2016, à Marrakech, au Maroc. Cela contribuera ainsi à l’orientation stratégique des pays africains pour que ceux-ci aillent de l’avant dans la mise en œuvre de celui-ci.

La base de l’accord de Paris concerne les Contributions prévues déterminées au niveau national (INDC) présentées par toutes les parties au cours de la phase préparatoire de COP21 comme étant leurs contributions nationales pour limiterles émissions mondiales de gaz à effet de serre. Les Contributions prévues déterminées au niveau national INDCs sont devenues les Contributions déterminées au niveau national (NDC) à la suite de COP21.

James Murombedzi, Responsable du Centre africain pour la politique en matière de climat, dit : «L’Accord de Paris annonce des mesures audacieuses pour la décarbonisation de l’économie mondiale et la réduction de la dépendance en combustibles fossiles. Cependant, il existe des nuances litigieuses de l’Accord qui doivent être étudiées dans le contexte des priorités de développement de l’Afrique, en particulier en ce qui concerne les moyens de mise en œuvre qui étaient des dispositions contraignantes du Protocole de Kyoto et actuellement sont des décisions non contraignantes dans l’Accord de Paris ».

Afin de mieux articuler les objectifs spécifiques et de comprendre les implications de la mise en œuvre de l’Accord de Paris pour un développement inclusif et durable en Afrique, la Conférence sera organisée autour des sous-thèmes suivants:
• Étudier l’Accord de Paris, les nouveaux défis et opportunités pour l’Afrique;
• Intégrer l’Accord de Paris dans le programme de développement de l’Afrique et autres cadres de gouvernance mondiale;
• Nouer des liens entre les initiatives africaines et la mise en œuvre de l’Accord de Paris;
• Les nouveaux défis du changement climatique.

La sixième Conférence sur les changements climatiques et le développement en Afrique verra la participation des décideurs et des chercheurs, des jeunes, des Organisations de la société civile, des négociateurs et du secteur privé. Elle facilitera et enrichira le partage des leçons retenues, des résultats de recherche clés ; elle contribuera à la sensibilisation et l’adoption de politiques et stimulera les investissements.

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October 12, 2016

Ethiopia: Government Pledges Continued Support for Addressing Water Challenges In Africa

Eden Habtamu Shibeshi
October 12, 2016

Ethiopian government has assured the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) of its continued support towards strengthening the organisation in its quest to superintend the effective and efficient management of the continent’s water resources.

The Ethiopian Minister for Water, Irrigation and Energy, Motuma Mekassa disclosed this in his office today in Addis Ababa while receiving AMCOW’s new Executive Secretary, Dr. Canisius Kanangire.

Mekassa stated that “AMCOW’s unique role and relevance in the equitable and sustainable use and management of water resources for poverty alleviation and socio-economic development, regional cooperation and the environment in Africa cannot be overemphasised hence the need for all member-states to jointly support the organisation through the facilitation of easy access to data and timely remittance of all country obligations.”

The Ethiopian Water Minister further commended the diligence of the AMCOW Secretariat, its Donors and Partners for their respective contributions towards the operationalisation of the African Water and Sanitation Agenda as enshrined in the 2008 Sharm El-Sheikh Commitment on Water and Sanitation; and the 2015 N’gor Declaration on Sanitation and Hygiene which, according to him, “is boosting the capacity of our Regional Economic Communities and Member States to improve Water and Sanitation Sector particularly the Monitoring and Reporting System in Africa.”

Lack of safe drinking water is one of the world's leading problems affecting more than 1.1 billion people globally. Most of these live in Africa.

Lack of safe drinking water is one of the world’s leading problems affecting more than 1.1 billion people globally. Most of these live in Africa.

AMCOW Executive Secretary, Dr. Canisius Kanangire thanked his host for the show of support and warm hospitality accorded him and his team by the government and people of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia during the training workshop organised for stakeholders and African member-states on the web-based monitoring and reporting framework for the water and sanitation sector which held in Addis Ababa recently.

Dr. Kanangire further enjoined the Ethiopian government to deploy its weight as a founding member of AMCOW in engendering the support and cooperation of other member-states in the aggregated efforts at translating the vision of the Africa we want and the Africa Water vision 2025 into tangible reality.

October 12, 2016

Rwanda: Ministers urged To Step on the Gas to Ensure Global Climate Promises Are Kept

Innocent Agonza
October 12, 2016

Floods are becoming more frequent and extreme as the climate warms.

Floods are becoming more frequent and extreme as the climate warms.

As ministers begin to arrive in Kigali, Rwanda, for talks to amend the Montreal Protocol and agree to tackle the use of climate warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), Christian Aid urged them to accelerate negotiations of an early phase down date.

Benson Ireri, Christian Aid’s Senior Policy Officer for Africa, said: “It’s fitting that ministers will be arriving here at the summit in the coming days because it is their governments’ credibility that will be on the line if we don’t get a strong outcome.

“In the Paris Agreement, national leaders promised to keep global warming to a level well below 2 degrees centigrade and to try their hardest to limit it to 1.5 degrees. However, those promises will ring hollow if we don’t get an early date for the global phase down of HFCs. These chemicals are thousands of times more potent than CO₂ as a greenhouse gas and are increasing in use by 10-15% a year.

“Vulnerable countries do not have time to wait, the climate is changing fast and phasing down HFCs is something which we absolutely must do if we’re going to honour the pledges of the Paris Agreement. It would be an embarrassing start if the Agreement came into force next month and countries had failed their first test by delivering a feeble deal on HFCs.

“It’s time for ministers to step on the gas and ensure phase down dates in the early 2020s.”

October 10, 2016

Nigeria: Zaria Water Project to Cost 69 Billion Naira

Mohammad Ibrahim
October 10, 2016

Kaduna State government has vowed to complete the multibillion Naira Zaria water project that would supply water to eight local government areas of the state in July 2017. The project will cost 69 billion naira.

The state government said the work is now 90% completion, stressing that the gigantic water treatment plant would be completed in December while the entire project will be completed next year to end the decades of suffering by residents over unsafe water.

The State Commissioner for Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Aliyu Lere gave the deadline while addressing newsmen during an inspection tour of the water project sites.

“we are expecting the whole project to be completed by July 2017, that is the aspect of the construction of the transmission lines and the distribution, but the construction of the water treatment plant will be completed in December and by that time there will be serious improvement in the supply of water even before2017”

“By the time we are completing the project in 2017 we would have spent an estimated sum of 69 Billion Naira that includes, the construction of the water treatment plant constructed by the state government and the Dam constructed by the Federal government and others already outlined.

“Water requirements currently for Zaria and environs is about 100 million litters a day and what we have on ground is 60 million liters now. Even though, it is not operating at optimal capacity because of the dilapidated nature of the old water works and the challenges of power, but by the time this new ones come on board we will have a total capacity of 210 million liters a day, which will have the potential of not only supplying to Zaria and Sabon Gari with potable water but additional communities within the 6 local government areas that surround Zaria and Sabon Gari,” he said.

Zaria water project in Kaduna state, Nigeria

Zaria water project in Kaduna state, Nigeria

The commissioner added: “There are other areas that have to do with expansion and the rehabilitation of the old pipes that has already been laid tens of years ago. There is also the construction of the booster stations that will take water to Zaria and other envisaged local government areas that are
to benefit from the project. There is also the water treatment plant that hopefully would be completed by end of this year.

Dr. Henry Kiemeg, Project Manager Gamji Nigeria Limited, handling part of the Zaria water complained
about some residents who illegally built on right of way saying the ongoing laying of water pipelines in some areas was a challenge.

Kiemeg who commended the present administration for its commitment to end water problem in Zaria and environs said: “the way the Kaduna state government under Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has supported us, it is on record that unlike what obtains before now, in the past where government will be pushing your left, right and center, rather we were given support.

Real support to deliver and this is unprecedented, this is a great motivation because any contractor that has a smooth way to do your job without any kick back and front, perform better, thank the commissioner who works so hard, diligent and committed.

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