Presentation on theme: "The call for a coordinated approach to Climate Change Africa-Wide Civil Society Climate Change Initiative for Policy Dialogues (ACCID) Lindiwe Majele Sibanda."— Presentation transcript:
The call for a coordinated approach to Climate Change Africa-Wide Civil Society Climate Change Initiative for Policy Dialogues (ACCID) Lindiwe Majele Sibanda (PhD) November 2008 firstname.lastname@example.org
Outline About ACCID Objectives of ACCID Role of CSOs Consensus: CSOs and Government About FANRPAN
About ACCID A complementary initiative to ensure that African civil society and governments collaborate in CoP 14 and CoP 15 global platforms. COMESA is keen to ensure that the position taken by governments in the climate change policy negotiations incorporates the interests of all stakeholders. Three RECs, COMESA, ECA and SADC have developed the African Bio-Carbon Initiative (ABC-Initiative). African heads of states, ministers and high level policy makers can play a meaningful role in an international post-2012 agreement if coordinated –To address the bias that excluded agriculture and most of forestry from the CDM; –African countries can benefit from a more comprehensive accounting of bio-carbon. The ACCID and ABC initiatives feed into the NEPAD CAADP Pillar One ACCID is AFRICA-WIDE and is coordinated by FANRPAN
Objectives of ACCID To mobilise space for civil society to speak with one voice in ensuring that the successor to the Kyoto Protocol values the contribution that sustainable agriculture can make to climate change mitigation Link the adaptation and mitigation agendas and equip CSOs with research-based evidence (scientific and anecdotal) to promote national, regional and global pro-poor policy and practice in the mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Ensure that funds generated from carbon trade and other financial instruments for funding climate adaptation programmes benefit the poor and help Africa towards the attainment of the MDGs
Why agree on Climate Change? Climate change a threat to sustainable development and Africa’s poor are the most affected Africa has contributed to only 3.8% of the greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere Africa’s poor smallholder farmers will feel the greatest impacts of climate change All strategies and strategies must support the development of agricultural and sustainable resource management practices Need for incentives to enhance the carbon storage in African agricultural systems Need for financing and recognition of sustainable and carbon enhancing agricultural practices in Africa under the UN’s carbon market rules
Role of CSOs To mobilise space for civil society to speak with one voice To join forces and rally behind the COMESA led ABC initiative and develop a comprehensive approach and negotiating position in the Poznan and Copenhagen climate change policy debates. CSOs to perform policy analysis, advocacy, education and mobilise communities, providing legal advice, fund raising, hosting national and regional dialogues, packaging and disseminating information, etc. To constructively engage African governments, providing evidence and policy options for decision making.
Africa’s time to act: NOW Next climate change agreement is currently under negotiation – What is Africa’s position? Need to expand the UN system to include comprehensive coverage of bio-carbon. A comprehensive approach to bio-carbon should include agriculture, forest management, tree planting, and reducing deforestation and forest degradation.
CSO and Government consensus is critical Unless the successor to the Kyoto Protocol values the contribution that sustainable agriculture can make to global carbon market, Africa is still outside the fence Unless CSOs align with government, there will be no “one voice” – Africa position
ACCID strategy Government/Policy Makers Farmers Organisations Private Sector Policy Advice/Options/Evidence to support policy development Enabling policies – improved productivity Trade and Markets (Value Chain) Enabling policies – Production to Trade and Markets (Value Chain) Researchers/Policy Analysts Technical Partners Development Partners Platform for research, analysis and dissemination Evidence based, predictable policies NGOs, Media and Advocacy orgs Rallying point for regional Climate Change/CARBON issues ACCID Implementation Strategy
Policy research and analysis: control of activities responsible for emissions, participatory adaptation cost assessment Consensus building at community national and regional level Holding local corporations to account (responsibility and liability ) Capacity strengthening, technical advice and assistance Communication and outreach Movement and alliance building Knowledge management and peer learning ACCID Activities
Across SADC, EAC, COMESA (All Stakeholder Groups) Ongoing Research Studies Emerging Issues and FANR Policies Tracking National Policy Dialogues (Periodic) NATIONAL LEVEL Policy Advisory Process Agenda for Policy Engagement REGIONAL LEVEL Coordination of multi-country case studies And synthesis into agenda for Policy engagements Networking, sharing of information, regional and global representation Africa Region (Representatives from all FANR Stakeholder Groups) Farmers’ Organisations Governments Private Sector Researchers Development Partners Media NGOs – Environment and Development ACCID Multi – Stakeholder Dialogues
Vision “A food secure southern Africa free from hunger and poverty” Overview of FANRPAN
Mission To promote effective Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) policies by (i) facilitating linkages and partnerships between government and civil society (ii) building the capacity for policy analysis and policy dialogue in southern Africa, and (iii) supporting demand - driven policy research and analysis Overview of FANRPAN
Regional Network Topography FANRPAN Regional Secretariat Malawi Namibia Mozambique Tanzania Mauritius South Africa Swaziland Lesotho Angola Botswana Zimbabwe Zambia Government Researchers CSOs Madagascar Farmers Private Sector Commercial Farmers Small-scale farmers associations Commodity Associations