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CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY
Climate and Sustainable Development Action Club (CSDAC) is a regional network of young professionals and students who are contributing to the climate change discourse and offering solutions at all levels; so as to build resilience, response and adaptation strategies.
On the 23rd and 24th of May, CSDAC was invited to be part of a national forum on “establishment of an operational mechanism for monitoring and early warning and alert systems for floods in the cities of Niamey, Tanda and Gaya”. This meeting brought together stakeholders in climate change response under the auspices of the Ministry of Humanitarian Action and Catastrophe Management of Niger. Participants discussed various proposed tools, techniques and strategies for flood predictions, management and information sharing.
The Climate and Sustainable Development Action Club (CSDAC) was introduced to other West African students at the just ended maiden edition of the West African School for Sustainable Rural Transformation that took place at the WA Campus of the University for Development Studies in Ghana from 3rd of June to 29th June.
On the 3rd of Jully 2019 the club started the project of “ One sachet for One plan”
The morning activity was meant to clean up the environment around the faculty of science, it started around 9:30 AM with five other students of the University. Then, after the collection of the waste plastic sachet, selection of SOLANI sachet was made in order to make use for the purpose of a nursery in the afternoon. The activity ended at 11:00 AM.
The afternoon activity started at 4:30 PM, SOLANI sachet sorted, manures was mix with soil for the establishment of the nursery.
Climate change is one of the biggest threat to the earth. And one the mains solution to this problem remain the afforestation.
It is in this contest that as part of it's activities, the climate and sustainable development actions club (CSDAC) has undertaken a tree plantation activity on this August 3rd, 2019, national Day of trees in Niger, The activity took place at Saiga, a rural community at 10km from Niamey. This action is part of the objective of the club to participate in the development of resilience in the face climate change effects. The activity involved members of the club, children, women, men and local authorities, who showed their desire to take care of the dozens of trees planted. A policy from their own initiative was to assign the care taking of the trees. A list of volunteers has been established for monitoring.
The club also distributed hundreds of moringa trees (a fast growing and very nutritive plant) to representatives of women groups in the rural community. This action is part of the activities of the Club's previous project "one sachet, one tree" which involved the collection of waste sachet in the environment, and use them to nurse fast growing plant for the purpose of contributing to the fight against desertification. The aim of this project is to contribute to the achievement of the SDG number 2 and 13.
From the 28-30th of August in Niamey, the International Youth Forum on Desertification (FIJED 2019) took place. During this event, which is one of the most important things for change making in the Sahel, Climate and Sustainable Development Ations Club(CSDAC) members participated in the discussions on: Green Economy and Neutrality of Land Desertification in the Sahel.
CSDAC hosted its first international forum on Friday 4th of October, 2019 at Abdou Moumouni University, Niamey-Niger. It was on the theme “Youth Commitment on Climate Action, A way toward achieving the SDGs and AU Agenda 2063”. This forum brought together over 80 participants comprising students, lecturers, researchers and professionals on climate change, rural transformation and other fields. Participants were drawn from different parts of Africa and research institutions from Germany. Various youth groups and youth led organizations presented on their strategies and actions undertaken to achieve the SDGs and AU Agenda 2063.
The 5th edition of the Conference of Youth (COY) Niger on Climate Change and Sustainable Development was held on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at the Regional Center Agrhymet CSDAC as partner for the organization of the event also had the honor to shed light on its different activities carried out in less than one year of existence. The Forum was under the theme: "Volunteering for Climate Action" and brought together more than 100 young Nigeriens and residents to deliberate around very interesting topics and group works that led to recommendations on Climate Actions and Sustainable Development.
On the whole 2019 has been a great year for the club and a lot of actions has been accomplished which are all geared towards the environmental protection and the climate change fight. Going into 2020, the club has made some commitments to action and has somewhat started activating these actions.
CSDAC Commitments for the year 2020
Clinton Global Initiative University, Edinburge,(CGIU 2020)
CSDAC 2020 commitment to action on the desemination of climate smart agriculture strategies was submitted to the Clinton Global Initiative University in December, 2019. This committed was accepted into the program and currently some members of the club are persuing courses with the CGIU 2020. The purpose of this program is to assist all commitment members to acquire the necessary project management skills and monitoring strategies to Implement their commitments. CSDAC has been assigned a mentor by the CGIU whose task is to guide the implementation of the 2020 commitment to action.
Food security and climate in Niger is a critical area that needs attention. As such, Climate and Sustainable Development Actions Club decided to undertake a project in climate-smart agriculture technologies and strategies dissemination through sensitisation and on-field demonstrations, targeting 3000 smallholder farmers in the Sahelian region of Niger. The club will select farmers who are engaged in subsistence agriculture to educate and demonstrate to them on their field how to implement, zia, stone barriers, half-moon and other climate mitigation strategies. The main goal for this is to help increase the yield of smallholder farmers. In that vein, degraded agriculture soil will be replenished with nutrients in the long term.
Methods and Impacts
The main activities to be carried out in this commitment are the selection of Communities, farmers and fields. The other activity is the organisation of community durbars and meetings to sensitise and disseminate climate-smart agriculture information. This will be followed up by C4D (Communication for Development). The C4D will come in the form of video shows in the communities to show places where the climate-smart agriculture techniques have worked and increased yield. Added to the planned activities for the commitment, demonstrations of how to implement the strategies and techniques in intelligent climate agriculture will be carried out in cultivable fields. These demonstrations will enable smallholder farmers to get practical experience on how to implement the methods in their farms. The goals in the short term are to ensure crop survival rate of smallholder farmers and to improve the soil fertility of degraded arable farmlands in Niger. In the long run, the commitment is aimed at mitigating the impact of climate change on agriculture and also to improve food security in the reduced rainfall and harsh climatic region of Niger. Within the frame of the commitment, progress reports will be compiled. Crop yield survey and integrated soil fertility management assessment will be carried out, and the outcome of these studies and reviews published.
In 2018 West African Center for Sustainable Rural Transformation students who were ten in number founded the Climate and Sustainable Development Action Club (CSDAC) in Niger to champion environmental sustainability practices; and to harness and encourage innovative research and partnerships that will enhance climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable development in rural communities, and to as well create climate change awareness across various African communities beginning from Niger Republic. This report shed light on the different activities carried out by the club in less than one year of existence and one of the main commitments for the year 2020.
Cleanliness, they say is next to godliness, an overused adage or a saying of timeless relevance. Day in day out we are inundated with gory images of the effects of unsanitary action by human populations. The adverse effect of this phenomenon is very yawning and frightening. Poor sanitation results in sicknesses and diseases, reduction in air quality and the eroding of general wellbeing. It has become a general truth that most countries, especially developing countries suffer more from the situation of poor sanitation. Communities and public places are awash with plastics bags, rubbish, fecal matter from open defecation and chocked drains. The clarion call has been that everyone must get involved in cleaning the environment. No matter how small your effort is, the change must start with you. Every little action counts.
The drive to action for good sanitation was exemplified by studentss from the Climate and Sustainable Development Actions Club of the West African Centre for Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC-SRT) when they undertook a clean-up exercise in and around the campus of Abdou Moumouni Universirty of Science and Techniques, Niamey-Niger. The activity came as the harbinger to the World's Mosquito Day Celebration which comes off on the 25th April, since there is a strong link between sanitation and the prevalence of mosquitos. The club members embarked on several cleaning activities such as plastic sachet collection, clearing of weeds and sweeping. The mandate of the Climate and Sustainable Development Action Club among others is the creation of awareness on the dangers of climate change, disseminate climate adaptation information and strategies, tree planting and WASH activities.
The club also had the chance to be representate by one of its members at DOHA, QATAR in environmental activities and many discussion on environment protection during the Youth Camp on Volunteering at DOHA in November 2019
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