This blog was writtend by Francesca de Gasparis, GBMI-Europe Consultant.
The Annual Climate Change Conference (COP20) is over, and there has been a lot of press about outcome and the Lima Call to Climate Action. After very good news for climate action in recent months: the US - China agreement and the UN Climate Summit in September, COP20 did not lived up to expectations. Achieving a binding agreement by Paris next year in order to prevent runaway climate change later this century is looking far less likely than when we arrived in Lima at the end of November. There are a number of good articles and analyses of what the Lima agreement impact will be.
GBMI-Europe roundtable: Resilience and Climate Finance, an overview of current opportunities and challenge
Climate financing mechanisms are one of the current many proposed solutions to the challenges posed by climate change. They have been operational since the launch in 2008 of The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) and they vary enormously in size, their capacity to cope with the impact of climate change, the resources utilized, the degree of involvement of local communities, the designated countries of implementation and many more factors.
As part of the Green Belt Movement International- Europe’s activities in advocating for Climate Change, we gather views and experiences about current strategies hoping to make some clearance in the intricate jungle of the mechanisms aimed at addressing climate change. As a result of our latest Round Table held in London in late 2014, we had the opportunity to exchange knowledge and information to foster better understanding and collaboration among those working on climate, forest and community issues, and we were lucky enough to be joined by RSPB and FERN representatives.
The Green Belt Movement (GBM) would like thank the Municipality of San Borja, the District hosting the UNFCCC COP 20 (Lima, Peru) in planting a ceremonial tree in honor of the late Professor Wangari Maathai for her actions in promoting sustainable development, democracy, peace and environmental conservation through tree planting.
We are delighted to inform you all that the Municipality of San Borja, the District hosting the UNFCCC COP 20 have organized a ceremonial tree planting at the city of Lima tomorrow 9th December 2014 to honor the Memory of Prof. Wangari Maathai as part of the UNFCC COP 20 events. We thank the authorities in Lima for this honor.
In 2010, a group of six girls from Donnergymnasiet in Göteborg, Sweden, on their own produced the benefit concert “Treevening”. The musical gala by Green Cross Sweden Youth was held March 24, 2010 at the Sticky Fingers Rock Club and featured artists: José Gonzales, Jaqee, Räfven, Hellsongs, Bye Bye Bicycle, Eye Travel and the Naima Train. The was made possible by: SWECO, ICA, Musik i Väst, Musik Utan Gränser, Pureology, and Body Shop; as well as the Green Cross project “Peace and Trees” supported by the Folke Bernadotte Academy. The gala was inspired by Wangari Maathai and aimed to raise awareness on the connections of peace and environment.
Deutsche Welle TV in Germany which is equivalent of BBC TV featured our GBM story covering our BMU project at Kipipiri last week. Read More: http://www.dw.de/saving-kenyas-anti-cancer-tree/a-18056291
Samburu County is predominantly semi-arid with a scarce erratic rainfall (mean annual rainfall of between 500-700mm per annum). Increased human dependence on forest resources along with variability in intensity and seasonality of rainfall, have resulted in prolonged drought and severe weather events in recent years. Kirisia forest, one of four forest reserves in Samburu, has been badly encroached and poorly managed, and is subject to fierce and destructive fires. Illegal extraction of cedar, collection of firewood, charcoal burning, cutting down trees for fodder and overharvesting of herbs and non-wood forest products are main threats to Kirisia forest and its ecosystem functioning.
Due to vulnerability caused by changing weather patterns and the serious degradation of the existing forests, communities living in this area will need to deal over the coming period with greater climate change. It is necessary to start now to educate and help bring human activities into better harmony with the ecosystem that sustains them.
The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. Commonly, the concept of food security is defined as including both physical and economic access to food that meets people's dietary needs as well as their food preferences.
The Green Belt Movement (GBM) in partnership with Auerbach Family Foundation is implementing a project within chania watershed aimed at enhancing effective Natural Resource Management in the watershed.
The Green Belt Movement acknowledges the fact that there is a serious focus on forests. Deforestation is a frequently overlooked source of carbon dioxide emissions and a significant contributor to climate change, as trees, which store carbon, instead release it when they are burned during slash-and-burn land clearing of forests. The GBMs commitment on this path is focused on the restoration of Kenya’s degraded landscapes, knowing full well that our survival depends on the integrity of these forest ecosystems.