Saturday, March 14, 2015

Job Opportunity

Head of Communications (maternity cover)

    Full Time (37.5 hours), based in London (with the possibility of overseas travel)
    £42,488 plus 9% employer pension contribution
    Fixed term contract, ten months with possibility of extension
    25 days annual leave + 3 Christmas office closure days + 8 UK bank holidays
    Closing date: 17.00 (UK time) Wednesday 25 March 2015
    Interviews: week commencing 30 March 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Low funding, a high cost for disaster management in Zimbabwe



Zimbabwe is prone to disasters such as droughts and floods
Busani Bafana

Bulawayo, - Limited funding is crippling Zimbabwe's efforts to plan for and reduce disasters in a country frequently experiencing floods and droughts.

"The National Civil Protection Fund is perennially underfunded; however this is complemented by other humanitarian agencies as is the case with developing countries in general," Sibusisiwe Ndlovu
Deputy Director of the Department of Civil Protection in Zimbabwe said in an interview. "The National Civil Protection Fund requires a minimum of about $3.5 million per year to fulfill its mandate."

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Africa threatens to dump any unfavourable Paris climate change Deal


  By Arison TAMFU in Cairo, Egypt
Participants at the AMCEN conference in Cairo, Egypt
 
As negotiations intensify for a universally accepted climate change agreement that is expected to be signed in French capital, Paris this year, the African Group of Negotiators has made it clear that it is not going in for any deal that disfavours the continent. 

`Paris is similar to Copenhagen in terms of the expectations. This is the time that we close the ambition gap in terms of emission reduction and provision of means of limitation that supports the need of developing countries for adaptation.Unless we have sufficient support, means of implementation, Africa will face a lot of challenges in terms of its development because development iswhat makes the basis for the African group of Negotiators. That is why Africa will not sign any Paris agreement that will not include its demands` said Nagmeldin Goutbi Elhassan, Chairman of the African Group of Negotiators under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Maasai women of kajiado fighting climate change through horticulture farming.



By Mary Mwendwa

In the dusty , dry and hot landscapes of Lenkobei village in Kajiado County in Kenya, a group of women have decided to beat all odds and empower themselves economically and socially through smart farming.

 Emaiyanata Self Help Group is a symbol of hope and resilience in the semi-arid Kajiado County, where drought brings devastating catastrophes to the pastoralist community of the Maasai people. They started farming last year 2014, tomatoes, onions , bananas,cassava and  kales which have seen them transform their lives drastically.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Visionary New African Network for Women Leaders on Environment Launched at African Ministerial Conference



By UNEP News Desk

 Cairo, 5 March 2015 - Women ministers and leaders from Africa meeting at the Africa Ministerial Conference of the Environment (AMCEN) launched a new network, Thursday, that aims at enhancing representation and involvement of women in decision-making in areas related to the environment and sustainable development continent wide. 

Climate change linked to increased snake bites in Kitui, Kenya


Mwanthi Maliwa was bitten by a cobra

Report forecasts substantial rise in climate change adaptation cost

Participants at the 14th session of ACMEN
By Ariosn TAMFU in Cairo, Egypt

As a major step to fight against the devastating consequences of climate change, Africa is prioritizing adaptation, that is, those activities that will make people, ecosystems and infrastructure less vulnerable to the impacts climate change, but a new report warns that the costs of climate change adaptation is expected to rise far beyond Africa’s coping capacity.