Africa better off with forests

• By Vitalio Angula

TREES are responsible for at least 25 percent of carbon sequestration from the atmosphere.

This process takes a biological form.

When trees perform photosynthesis, they pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, bind it up in sugar, and release oxygen.

“This makes forests and vegetation an incredible carbon sink”!

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A carbon sink is anything that absorbs more carbon from the atmosphere than it releases.

Head of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Charles Mwangi, this past Tuesday facilitated a dialogue on reforestation, revegetation and wetland restoration at the 10th Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa, held in Windhoek under the theme: Just Transitions in Africa: Transforming Dialogue into Action at the Safari Hotel and Conference Centre.

Participants from different countries on the continent met to deliberate on Pathways for Accelerated Mobilisation of Climate Finance in Africa for Locally Led Adaption Action, Urbanisation in the context of climate justice and Transition to Low Carbon Development, to mention but a few.
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The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACYA), is a consortium of more than 1000 organisations from 50 African countries amalgated into National Platforms and sectoral-thematic transboundary networks.

The alliance seeks to strengthen communities and mobilise them around climate justice, fair and equitable transition towards low-carbon.

The alliance further seeks to influence policies at national, regional and international levels by building capacity and influencing media to contribute narrative shifts that embrace and promote climate justice.

Boitomelo Maruma, Communications and Projects Public Relations Officer at Botswana Climate Change Network, works on collecting African Women’s stories in their interaction with the climate change crisis, either as people experiencing loss and damage, or as communities advocating for adoption and financing.

“Many times, women are left out of the climate change discourse, if at all they are included, most often women in the frontlines and vulnerable communities are left out of the conversation,” Maruma told Confidente.

“My project aims at sharing the collective voices of women in Africa at the upcoming 27th Conference of Parties at Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt from the November 06-18,” she added.
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She said the Botswana Climate Change Network has been around since 2012 when it was officially registered as a civil society organisation in the climate change and advocacy space.

Environmental Superintendent at Dundee Precious Metals, Inekela Iyambo, attended the conference in order to contribute to the dialogue relating to climate change and gain an understanding of how the organisation can mitigate CO2 emissions by incorporating greener strategies in its processes.