Friday, December 12, 2014

Scotland seeks partnership with African civil society on climate justice

Kofi Adu Domfeh, PAMACC Team, Lima

The Scottish Government has put itself up to work with African civil society to create synergies between climate vulnerable communities in Africa and Scotland.

A country delegation, led by Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, held talks with the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) on the sidelines of the climate change talks in Lima, Peru.

Building on a relationship which started in 2009, the two parties hope to explore mutually beneficial partnerships in recognition of the intricate challenge brought about by climate change on the planet.

Samson Ogallah, Programmes Manager at PACJA, shared the Alliance’s strategic plan to build the capacity of African civil society and media professionals in a bid to support governments on the continent to protect the livelihoods of local people.

The rural population in Africa need increased awareness on impacts of climate change and how they can cope.

PACJA is therefore strengthening country-level networks to give a voice to women, children, farmers and other vulnerable and marginalized people in communities.

Madam Aileen underscored Scotland’s commitment to enhance the voice of Africa in international dialogue for climate justice.

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