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Institute of Environmental Studies (University of Khartoum)

 

In 1977, the United Nations University (UNU) had taken a special obligation to foster the growth and interaction of Third World research and training institutions. Given the considerable global concern regarding the degradation of dryland environments, Sudan was recommended by UNU for implementing arid zone resource management, being the largest country in Africa, with two thirds of its land being regarded as arid zone with a range of traditional livelihoods from irrigation to pastoralism. Sudan is also a crossroads of African environments, linked northwards to Egypt by the Nile through a series of physical and cultural environments. Sudan is also a joined east west through the Sudano-Sahelian belt by patterns of migration and cultural interaction.

    In 1978, the University of Khartoum entered into an associate relationship with UNU with the agreement to encompass both training and research activities. As a result the first idea of IES offering both diploma and M.Sc in environmental studies emerged. The link with the outside world was then perused. In 1981, a training course followed by a workshop was organized by Diana Baxter from Toronto University (Canada) on Women and the Environment. From 1981-1985, extensive research programs on combating of desertification were sponsored by Clark University within a coordinated regional program (Environmental Training Management in Africa, ETMA), which covered most of Sudan areas, threatened with degradation. Other links were established with Lund University, UNSO, and MAB/UNESCO. All links were then cut for political reasons. However, Ford Foundation link was resumed in 1995 to sponsor a program concerned of introduction of environmental education into the curricula of higher studies. The same foundation gave a generous fund to encourage linkages between NGOs and research institution and then 14 research projects were executed. A dryland husbandry project sponsored by SIDA through OSSREA started in 1995 and it is now in its final phase (consolidation and documentation). It is a pioneer among the IGAD country region (Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Kenya).

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Sudan
SD

Rwanda Rural Rehabilitation Initiative (RWARRI)

 

Rwanda Rural Rehabilitation Initiative (RWARRI) is a non-profit making and non governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to the promotion and improvement of social-economic welfare of rural communities in Rwanda, by acting as a flexible catalyst that provokes their hidden potential.

RWARRI came into being in 1994 but started its activities in Rwanda in 1995. The organisation was started by a group of professionals and self motivated Rwandese who felt they should use their experience to make a positive contribution towards the reconstruction of the country following the genocide in 1994. This was a recognition that more than 70% of Rwanda's population live below the poverty line and the majority of these are found in the rural area. depending mainly on agriculture for their survival and remain the most vulnerable and marginalised in Rwanda.

RWARRI's mission is to be one of the most valued and respected non governmental organisations in Rwanda and beyond serving the interest of its members, contributing towards shaping national policies and leading the agricultural sector towards sustainable levels.

Goals

  • To mobilise and organise small scale farmers into economically viable groups.
  • To strengthen the capacity of grassroot groups through provision of training on technical, management and environmental issues among others.
  • To facilitate farmer groups in identification of viable enterprises and obtaining markets for the products.
  • To promote and provide opportunity to vulnerable groups such as women and youth in social and economic activities.
  • To promote all activities aimed at rehabilitation and development of the country's wealth.
  • To create awareness on protection and improvement of the environment.
  • To advocate for farmers rights by actively participating in decisions that effect their interests in the economic and social sector.
Contact Information: 
B.P. 256 Kigali
Rwanda
RW

Kenya Young Greens

 

Kenya Young Greens is a youth-led organisation founded in 2007 as a non profit organisation working towards sustainable development focusing its work on the following thematic focus areas: Ecological Sustainability, Peace and Non-Violence, The Millennium Development Goals and Participatory Governance and Democracy.

Vision Statement

To build a humane, equitable, just and ecologically sustainable Kenya

Mission Statement

To Promote and advocate for a better Kenyan society through a culture of education, advocacy, empowerment and networking to further sustainable development agenda

Objectives

To advocate for enhanced action that increase resilience and enhance adaptive capacities of the vulnerable populations and ecosystems
To equip the youth with the necessary knowledge to be able to actively contribute to response to climate change
To advocate for enhanced  action which will ensure reduction of the the greenhouse gas concentrations to 350 parts per million in the atmosphere

Key Issues areas

Adaptation:

We believe that climate change adaptation should entail social adaptation and Ecosystem based adaptation

Capacity Building:

To be able to secure low carbon development pathways capacity building capacity Building  entailing both education, awareness, and provision of opportunities  should be the centre of both mitigation and technology development and transfer, and access to financial resources

Contact Information: 
Maendeleo House,
Monrovia Lane
Nairobi
Kenya
KE

Climate Action for Sustainable Development (CASD)

 

We are a not-for-profit organization working in Kenya to help communities adapt and mitigate the effects of Climate Change.
 


Mission & Vision

Mission: Collaborate with local and international partners to help communities adapt and respond to Climate Change.

Vision: Bestow humanity with a pristine-like world free from the vagaries of Climate Change.

 

Core Values

  1. Integrity: We believe in truth, honesty and responsibility in our work, our relationships and our communication.
  2. Service: We believe in doing our best to serve communities, especially those bearing the brunt of the bad effects of Climate Change.
  3. Excellence: We believe in high standards of professionalism and practice in performing all our duties and carrying out our mandate.
  4. Partnership: We believe in working closely with other like-minded organizations and individuals in bettering the lives of communities bearing the brunt of Climate Change.
  5. Invention: We value and strive for enhanced techniques that can help communities mitigate the effects of Climate Change.
Contact Information: 
P.O. BOX 14219-00100 (2nd Floor Mirage Plaza) Mombasa Road
Nairobi
Kenya
KE

PHE Ethiopia Consortium

The PHE Consortium consists of over 50 member organizations and individuals from international and local NGOs, development associations, research institutions/universities, donors and government agencies that work in environment, health and population programs in Ethiopia.

PHE Programs:
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 Sustainable agriculture for improved child nutrition and food security, 
» Community credit groups or community health insurance schemes, 
» Community-based distribution of family planning commodities 
» Malaria prevention through bio-environmental controls and promotion of insecticide-treated bednets, 
» Reduction of indoor air pollution and logging through promotion of fuel-efficient stoves, 
» Improved access to safe water for household use 
» Improved access to appropriate latrines and promotion of other hygiene behaviors 
» Improved management of protected areas

Contact Information: 
Ethiopia
ET

Forum for Environment - Ethiopia (FfE)

FfE's vision is for a sustainably developed Ethiopia through bringing about environmentally literate, conscious and accountable citizens.  Established in 1997 to serve as a platform for advocacy and communication among people and institutions concerned with the Ethiopian environment, the forum is open to anyone involved in environment-related activities in Ethiopia.  FfE deals has a special focus on six major thematic areas: Forests and Protected Areas; Fresh water, Flowers; (Renewable) Energy; Pollution and Climate Change.

Contact Information: 
P. O. Box 10386
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia
ET

Finding Myself in Finance

Mahlet Eyassu
Climate Change Program Manager
Forum for Environment
Ethiopia

Being a Southern Capacity Building fellow for the second time is a very big advantage for me. When I was one of the SCBP fellows last year I have acquired a lot of knowledge on how negotiations are undertaken and also CSOs role in the process. Even though the Bonn session in June was the second meeting for this year, the real work started only this time as the previous meeting was all about fighting about the agenda. Most of the first week of June looked more like the Bangkok session as Parties started their discussion on the agenda, which was dealt in Bangkok. As of 2011, in addition to being one of the SCBP fellows, I have a new role that is co-chair of the finance-working group in CAN. One of the greatest benefits of being a SCBP fellow is the experience of getting to know other fellows from different parts of the world and also learn about their works in their respective countries. Additionally, the different experience sharing sessions organized by the coordinator with people who have been in the process for a long time has helped me to understand the process more and also learn from them.

In the two weeks time I have been co-coordinating the finance-working group with a fellow from the SCBP program as well. The finance group has been very active in arranging different bilateral meetings with key countries’ delegates such as Norway, Australia, Bangladesh, Argentina, Japan, Malawi and also representatives from the Technical Support Unit of the Transitional committee that designs the Green Climate Fund.  With regard to the finance section in CAN’s Durban Expectation and the negotiations I have given a presentation at CAN’s side event and a press briefing. Since I did both the presentation and press briefing in these negotiations for the first time, I believe I have gained much experience in the preparation and also in the presentations. Additionally I also gave a short update on the negotiations at the end of the first week to GCCA that is shared in their website.  As this was the first meeting for this year as a SCBP fellow, I have taken every opportunity to learn more from others and also the process. I feel that I have gained more experience and will be continuing my engagement between the sessions so that I am more prepared for the upcoming sessions.
 

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Climate Change – a test of our civilization

Isaac Kabongo
Executive Director
Ecological Christian Organisation (ECO)
Uganda

Survival is becoming a myth in some parts of the World.

Climate change is a multidimensional problem and it needs to be addressed from many different points of view: economical, environmental, scientific, and political. There are so many different interests that need to be satisfied and agreed upon, and this usually takes a lot of time. Climate change is specific problem that doesn't give us much time for action. Time is really a key factor that will determine the success of any climate agreement. In Bonn, parties didn’t exhibit and appreciate the fact that time is not our best ally. That is why they could afford to waste almost a week to agree on the agenda. My participation in the UNFCCC Bonn Climate change conference taught me a number of lessons:
a)    Those severely affected by climate change will have to wait for some time until legally binding agreement is reached.
b)    Climate change is one of the most complex challenges in human history; it is therefore a multidimensional problem.
c)    The political dimension should be taken seriously because it determines the nature and time of the agreement. Politicians carry great responsibility on their shoulders
d)    Sacrifice by parties could be made, the factors to enforce that sacrifice seems not to be clear to all of them.
e)    Science is already playing and will continue playing a pivotal role in influencing climate change future decisions and agreements.
f)    If nothing is done in the near future, climate change will affect civilization reached by humankind in the last centuries.
Unless we act now, we are going to face catastrophic consequences caused by climate change. You also need to appreciate the fact that “the one who predicts catastrophe is not the one who causes it”.  I will not be responsible for the cost of inaction and failure to appreciate the magnitude of the challenge at hand. That is why in the spirit of partnership and development, we have decided to work together as CSOs (civil society observers) to influence climate change decisions both at national and international levels. World citizens need to put aside all the differences that exist between countries and turn new climate deal into reality. But this has to be done as soon as possible, because impacts of climate change are becoming stronger and stronger. Climate change doesn't care about recession and condition on financial markets around the world, and as we wait for economies to recover global warming is strengthening its impact even further.
 

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