Global Center on Adaptation and AUDA-NEPAD Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Accelerate Climate Change Adaptation in Africa

Rotterdam, June 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) signed a landmark memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on accelerating climate change adaptation efforts across Africa. Building on the AUC-GCA-AfDB Africa-led, Africa-owned Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP), the partnership will support African member states to respond to the impact of the climate crisis.

The MoU establishes a framework for joint initiatives in such critical areas as access to climate adaptation finance, technical and institutional capacity building, climate-smart agriculture, sustainable land and water management, and disaster risk management inclusive the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative. The GCA and AUDA-NEPAD will also collaborate hand-in-hand to ensure full delivery on the $25 billion ambition of the AAAP by 2025 and to build the ground for even more ambitious follow-through beyond 2025.

Speaking at the signing ceremony at the GCA regional office in Rotterdam, GCA CEO Professor Patrick V. Verkooijen said: “We are delighted to formalize our collaboration with AUDA-NEPAD through this MoU. Together, we will work towards a climate-resilient Africa by leveraging our combined expertise and resources to support innovative climate adaptation actions on the ground. AAAP is the world’s largest climate adaptation program and the full delivery on the $25 billion ambition it by 2025 is crucial to keeping Africa safe from the escalating impacts of the climate crisis. This partnership is a significant step in our mission to accelerate climate adaptation solutions for Africa.”

Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, CEO of AUDA-NEPAD said: “This MoU with the Global Center on Adaptation marks a pivotal moment in our efforts to build a resilient Africa. We are going to galvanize and double down on progress to fully deliver the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program, as well as to take it to the next stages with the full engagement of Africa. By pooling our strengths, we will enhance the capacity of African countries to adapt to climate change, ensuring sustainable development and improved livelihoods for all. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration that will drive impactful adaptation initiatives across the continent.”

Key areas of cooperation outlined in the MoU include:

  1. Access to Climate Adaptation Finance: enhancing access to international climate finance for adaptation projects in Africa.
  2. Climate adaptation and training: providing capacity-building initiatives to strengthen adaptation planning and implementation at the local level.
  3. Institutional Support and collaboration: supporting the programmatic activities of the AUDA-NEPAD Centre on Climate Resilience and Adaptation.
  4. Climate-Smart Agriculture: promoting climate-smart technologies to improve agricultural productivity and food security.
  5. Sustainable Land and Water Management: scaling up nature-based practices to manage land degradation and drought.
  6. Building Resilience and Addressing Fragility and Food Insecurity in Rural Settings: mainstreaming climate adaptation jobs in youth-led enterprises with innovative climate adaptation and resilience solutions; and supporting access to digital advisory services and scalable investments for improved and resilient livelihoods linked to the energy-water-food nexus in rural areas.
  7. Support African Member States on Disaster Risk Management: increasing integration of disaster risk reduction in regional and national sustainable development frameworks and testing risk-informed preparedness plans.
  8. Support for African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative: providing technical capacity to accelerate agroforestry investments to restore degraded landscapes and build resilient communities.
  9. Infrastructure Resilience: enhancing the resilience of infrastructure projects against climate impacts through capacity building and the identification of priority adaptation projects.

The GCA and AUDA-NEPAD will also jointly organize events and advocacy initiatives to promote climate adaptation. This includes participation in such continental and global climate forums as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Africa Climate Weeks and the GCA Annual Climate Adaptation Summit.

Notes to Editors
About the Global Center on Adaptation
The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that promotes adaptation to the impacts of climate change. It works to climate-proof development by instigating policy reforms and influencing investments made by international financial institutions and the private sector. The goal is to bring climate adaptation to the forefront of the global fight against climate change and ensure that it remains prominent. Founded in 2018, GCA embodies innovation in its approach to climate adaptation as well as in its physical presence. It operates from the largest floating office in the world, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Together with the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and partners, the GCA is spearheading the world’s largest adaptation program, the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP), which aims to shape $25 billion in climate proofed development investments by 2025. GCA has a worldwide network of regional offices in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Beijing, China. The GCA will open a new Africa Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya in 2025.

About the African Union Development Agency
African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD) is the development agency of the African Union. It is mandated by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government to coordinate and execute priority regional and continental projects to promote regional integration towards the accelerated realization of Agenda 2063. Its other objectives are to strengthen the capacity of African Union Member States and regional bodies, advance knowledge-based advisory support, undertake the full range of resource mobilization and serve as the continent’s technical interface with all Africa’s development stakeholders and development partners.


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Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group Anuncia Transição de CEO para o dia 1º de julho de 2024

TEMECULA, Califórnia, June 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Nikkiso Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6376), após uma votação do Conselho hoje anunciou que a partir de 1º de julho de 2024, Adrian Ridge sucederá a Peter Wagner como CEO da Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (parte da Divisão Industrial da Nikkiso). Wagner permanecerá no Conselho como Presidente Executivo do Nikkiso CE&IG Group.

Como CEO, Ridge, que atualmente é Vice-Presidente Executivo de Operações e Manufatura do Nikkiso CE&IG Group, impulsionará os resultados operacionais e financeiros e preparará o Grupo para o crescimento futuro. A nova função de Wagner como Presidente Executivo se concentrará em impulsionar a visão e a estratégia de longo prazo do Grupo na qualidade de consultor.

“Em seis anos sob a liderança de Peter, a Nikkiso CE&IG mais do que quadruplicou os negócios e está posicionada para um forte crescimento contínuo”, disse Toshihiko Kai, Presidente e CEO da Nikkiso. “Queremos agradecer a sua liderança e dar as boas-vindas a Adrian como novo CEO do Grupo.”

Antes de ingressar na Nikkiso em 2018, Wagner foi CEO e Diretor de Marketing do LEWA Group. Ridge ingressou na Nikkiso em 2022, após aproximadamente 30 anos na Atlas Copco onde atuou em vários cargos de liderança.

Sobre a Nikkiso Co. Ltd.

Desde a sua criação em 1953, a Nikkiso contribuiu para resolver questões sociais, antecipando as mudanças com tecnologias e produtos pioneiros no mundo e no Japão. No âmbito industrial, a Nikkiso criou novos mercados ao desenvolver produtos no campo da energia, produtos relacionados à hemodiálise para a indústria médica, e aeroestruturas de CFRP (plástico reforçado com fibra de carbono) para a indústria aeroespacial.

Sobre a Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group

Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group é um fornecedor líder de equipamentos criogênicos, tecnologias e aplicações para os segmentos de mercado de energia limpa e gás industrial. O Grupo emprega mais de 1.600 pessoas em 22 países e é liderado pela Cryogenic Industries, Inc., uma subsidiária integral da Nikkiso Co., Ltd. (TSE: 6376) no sul da Califórnia, EUA.

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Le groupe Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases annonce un changement de direction au 1er juillet 2024

TEMECULA, Californie, 14 juin 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Co., Ltd. (TSE : 6376) annonce ce jour qu’à l’issue d’une délibération du Conseil d’administration, Adrian Ridge succédera dès le 1er juillet 2024 à Peter Wagner à la présidence du groupe Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases. Ce groupe fait partie de la branche industrielle de la maison mère. Monsieur Wagner conserve son siège au Conseil et y exercera les fonctions de Président exécutif du groupe Nikkiso CE&IG.

À la présidence du Conseil d’administration, Monsieur Ridge, actuellement Vice-président exécutif de l’exploitation et de la branche industrielle du groupe Nikkiso CE&IG, veillera à en piloter les performances opérationnelles et financières et à préparer le groupe pour sa future vague de croissance. Sous sa nouvelle casquette de Président exécutif, Monsieur Wagner se concentrera sur la vision et la stratégie à long terme du groupe et assumera le rôle de conseiller.

« Au cours des six ans du mandat de Peter Wagner, l’activité de Nikkiso CE&IG a plus que quadruplé et le groupe est en pole position pour enregistrer une croissance continue appuyée », observe Toshihiko Kai, Président et directeur général de Nikkiso. Et de conclure : « Je tiens à le remercier sincèrement pour sa direction, et j’accueille volontiers Adrian Ridge à la présidence du Conseil ».

Avant de rejoindre Nikkiso en 2018, Peter Wagner était PDG et directeur général du groupe LEWA, tandis qu’Alan Ridge a choisi Nikkiso en 2022 après avoir passé près de 30 ans chez Atlas Copco, où il a occupé divers postes de direction.

À propos de Nikkiso Co. Ltd.

Depuis sa création en 1953, Nikkiso a contribué à la résolution des conflits sociaux en anticipant les changements d’époque au moyen de technologies et de produits d’innovation parmi les premiers au monde et au Japon. Dans le secteur de l’industrie, Nikkiso a suscité de nouveaux marchés en développant des produits propres au domaine de l’énergie, des produits propres au domaine médical et liés à l’hémodialyse et des structures aériennes en polymère renforcé de fibres de carbone (ou PRFC) pour le compte de l’aérospatiale.

À propos du groupe Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases

Le groupe Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases est un fournisseur leader d’équipements cryogéniques et de technologies et d’applications conçues pour les marchés inhérents à l’énergie propre et aux gaz industriels. Il emploie plus de 1 600 collaborateurs répartis dans 22 pays et se place sous la tutelle de Cryogenic Industries, Inc., une entreprise située au sud de l’État californien des États-Unis, elle-même une filiale en propriété exclusive de Nikkiso Co., Ltd. (TSE : 6376).

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Forestry Listed As One Of The Value Chains

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Forestry and Climate Change (CS) Soipan Tuya has said forestry has been listed as one of the value chains.

While speaking at a Narok hotel during the fourth Medium Term Plan (MTP) dissemination forum, Tuya said that the government is revitalising the forestry industry away from what it has traditionally been so that forestry can be seen creating jobs and addressing food security, adding that is the plan behind the 15 billion tree planting programme.

The CS said 20 percent of the trees to be planted under the government’s 15 billion tree planting programme are fruit trees that would speak to food security and nutrition value for the population in the country.

Tuya said the government has a responsibility through her ministry to provide unlimited supply of tree seedlings for fruits, fodder trees, and other various species that need to be planted in specific areas.

On the other hand, the CS said the government embraces participatory forest management so that the commun
ities living near the forest have clear guidelines under the Forestry Management Act in terms of user rights for communities.

However, Tuya has made strong directives to forest officers, starting with the with the chief conservators of forests, regional forest conservators, and county forest conservators, down to the forest station managers, regarding the allowed activities within the forest.

The CS noted that Narok County has been greatly affected by the allowed activities within the forest. Adding to that, there are laws and regulations on the allowed activities within the forest.

She said that the activities that can be carried out within the forest are regulated by law, especially grazing and grass harvesting.

The CS said that they have delegated forest management to the community forest association, whereby the people who take responsibility are the forest officers, to make sure each community forest association understands the rules and regulations on grazing.

‘For example, we have the regulations
to be mapped out; we cannot have free-range kinds of activities within the forest, especially now that we are doing 15 billion trees for the areas under restoration; grazing is not compatible,’ said Tuya.

The CS has directed all the forest officers to sit together with the community forest association to map out and zone the areas that are compatible with control grazing.

She also said there is a limited carrying capacity for livestock that must be enforced to the letter because it is limited; it can only happen within the areas that are not undertaking restoration activities.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Albino Community Acknowledges Govt Support, Recognition

The albino community has acknowledged that they are increasingly being recognised in the country, by notable businesspeople, government officials, and experts in various fields as they commemorated International Albinism Awareness Day at the Mama Ngina Water Front, Mombasa.

Alex Munyere, the Collaborative Manager of the Government Programme for People with Albinism, commonly known as Albinism, Sunscreen, and Support Programme, said that the Albinism community is celebrating the benefits they have gained in the country, citing the great example of the Government’s Spokesperson Isaac Mwaura, who is currently in New York representing the Government on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Munyere said the National Council for Persons with Disabilities is committed to promoting the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities, including those with albinism.

‘Today marks the 10th anniversary of our decade-long effort to raise awareness worldwide, following the designation of this day
by the United Nations,’ Munyere said.

‘We have had two weeks dedicated to screening people for skin cancer, which is the leading cause of death among individuals with albinism. In response, the government initiated this project to purchase sunscreen, distributing it to all national hospitals through KEMSA to protect our people from harmful sun rays,’ he added.

However, Munyere pointed out that individuals living with albinism face daily challenges, including significant societal stigmatisation. This stigma often manifests in various forms of discrimination and prejudice, affecting their mental and emotional well-being.

People with albinism may be subject to unfounded myths and misconceptions about their condition, leading to social exclusion and a lack of understanding from the broader community. This pervasive stigma not only isolates them but also hinders their access to education, healthcare, and employment opportunities.

He added that people with albinism still face difficulties in earning a livelihoo
d due to the severe challenges posed by sun exposure.

‘Additionally, we have encountered cases of employers who still do not accept that individuals with albinism can be employed, especially in front-office positions. Many are hired for back-office roles to avoid presenting an image of disability in their institutions,’ Munyere noted.

Munyere acknowledged that they have not yet achieved their goals of mainstreaming individuals with albinism fully into society, but the government’s support is helping them make steady progress. He highlighted that initial steps have been taken to increase awareness about albinism and dispel misconceptions that have led to stigma and discrimination.

Halima Nyamawi, a mother of three children living with albinism, highlights the significant challenges faced by individuals with this condition within society. One of the primary issues is the lack of a reliable source of income. This difficulty arises because, due to their heightened sensitivity to sunlight, it is often unsafe to
bring children with albinism outside during the day, limiting their opportunities for employment and participation in daily activities.

Additionally, she noted that people with albinism frequently experience social isolation, further exacerbating their hardships. This marginalisation is compounded by insufficient financial support from relevant organisations, which leaves families like Halima’s struggling to provide adequate care and resources for their children.

These interconnected issues underscore the urgent need for more comprehensive support systems and greater societal inclusion for individuals with albinism, as well as the urgent need for public education and advocacy to promote acceptance and inclusion for individuals with albinism in all aspects of society.

‘As parents of kids living with albinism, most of us suffer abandonment from our partners upon delivering an albino child. The albino kids also suffer from isolation from society, as well as a lack of funds to cater for their basic needs since
the funds allocated for albinism sometimes don’t end up in our hands as per the law,’ Halima said.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Kenya Produces 51,300 Metric Tonnes Of E-Waste Annually

Kenya produces 51,300 metric tonnes of electronic waste annually, an official from the ICT Authority, Kelvin Abubakar, has said.

Abubakar said the e-waste is generated from data processing devices like computers, monitors, entertainment, household equipment (vacuum cleaners), and communication gadgets, among others.

He disclosed that e-waste poses a severe health risk to human beings and poses environmental hazards such as air pollution, solid pollution, and water contamination.

‘It has notably been recorded that only 5% of the electronic waste is dismantled and recycled safely. However, 95% is dumped into the environment, leading to pollution and resource wastage,’ said Abubakar during the E-waste Management Awareness programme at Green Park in Wote town on Thursday, organised by the Information Communication Technology Authority.

‘Substances like lead and mercury found in electronic waste are harmful pollutants that contaminate both soil and water,’ he added.

However, the ICT official cautioned indivi
duals in the informal sector to stop the unsafe dismantling of electronics, which he said contains toxins that are harmful to the human body and may lead to cancer.

In addressing the issues of e-waste disposal, Abubakar gave strategies like selling or donating old electronics to be recycled, reevaluating and repurposing materials, practicing safe methods of discarding, and adopting green procurement practices.

He emphasised the need for collective responsibility in ensuring responsible e-waste disposal for the sake of public health and environmental sustainability for posterity.

‘If properly handled, e-waste can be a resource; for example, gold medals for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were made from recycled electronic waste,’ said Abubakar.

‘Prolonged exposure to e-waste allows toxins to accumulate in your body, potentially leading to severe health breakdowns at an old age,’ echoed Nashion Maina from the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Centre.

Speaking at the same event, Makueni Assistant County Com
missioner (ACC), Nancy Mutai, said there was a need for extensive sensitization of the members of the public so as to combat the e-waste menace.

Source: Kenya News Agency