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Kenya To Fully Implement Global Climate Change Adaptation Agenda

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Kenya has Committed to fully implement Global Climate Change Adaptation Agenda, President Uhuru Kenyatta has affirmed.

“Kenya commits to implement the adaptation action agenda; but we can only succeed if we all, as a global community, collaborate in this noble endeavour,” President Uhuru said on Monday during a virtual high-level session of the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021.

Several world leaders among them Prime Ministers Boris Johnson (UK), Narendra Modi (India), Evelyn Wever-Croes (Aruba) as well as United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and his predecessor Ban Ki-Moon attended the meeting hosted by Prime Minister Mark Rutte of The Netherlands.

President Kenyatta emphasized that by pulling together the world will emerge stronger and more resilient from the dangers posed by climate change.

“Indeed, we can expect to reap the triple dividends of reducing emissions, spurring economic growth and delivering social and environmental benefits,” President Kenyatta said as he implored world leaders to rally behind efforts to upscale climate adaptation efforts.

The President identified agriculture as a top priority in Africa’s climate change adaptation agenda saying a large percentage of the continent’s population rely on the sector for its survival.

He said African farmers must be given the tools, information and financial support to enable them to embrace sustainable agracultural practices, respond to changing weather patterns and maximise productivity of their farms

President Kenyatta told the summit that his country has upscaled its climate change adaptation efforts by mainstreaming the subject into its national development strategies.

“Kenya is already experiencing the multi-fold climate impacts, including erratic rainfall, droughts and increased temperatures.

“To contain this situation, we have scaled up our adaptation efforts; mainstreaming it into our national development strategy,” he said.

The leaders who spoke during the summit were unanimous in their call for acceleration of climate adaptation efforts so as to safeguard communities from the harmful impacts of a changing climate.

 

 

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Tanzania Returns To Normal After Cyclone Jobo Scare Fades

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Reports From Tanzania indicate that businesses in the country’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam have resumed after meteorological experts announced that Cyclone Jobo was no longer a big threat.

Dar es Salaam  had braced itself for the wrath of the storm for the first time in since independence.

Tanzania’s meteorological Authority said in a statement released early Sunday April 25, “The situation was as a result of continued strong winds in the direction of Cyclone Jobo. Rain clouds that accompanied the cyclone have also spread to the sea and coastal areas of Tanzania and Mozambique.”

Records show only two other tropical cyclones have ever made it to the shores of Tanzania since the 19th century: the “Zanzibar Cyclone” of 1872 and Cyclone Lindi of 1952.

The two storms struck the nation 80 years and one day apart on April 14 and 15 of their years, respectively.

In 2019 Cyclones Idai and Kenneth battered neighboring Mozambique on back-to-back months.

Meanwhile, under similar panic, the Government of Zanzibar has suspended travel on the Indian ocean due to the impending landfall of  Tropical Cyclone Jobo that is expected to hit Tanzania’s coastal line on April 25.

The anticipated tropical cyclone was set to hit Tanzania’s East Coast regions such as Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Pwani, Mtwara and Zanzibar.

Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) had earlier said Tropical Cyclone Jobo was expected to impact the country’s weather systems causing heavy rains, strong winds blowing at the speed of 60 Kilometers in an hour and waves especially in the coastal belt.

however, by Saturday evening, Meteorological experts said, Cyclone “Jobo” had weakened and was travelling at a speed of 18 KPH on the Indian Ocean.

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Israel Embassy In Rwanda Joins The World To Celebrate Earth Day

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The Embassy of Israel in Rwanda on April 22, joined the world to celebrate the annual International Mother Earth Day.

This year’s Mother Earth Day is celebrated under the theme “Restore Our Earth”.

The event was held in Huye District where the Ambassador of Israel in Rwanda, Dr. Ron Adam, visited the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management.

The Center is in the National Herbarium of Rwanda in University of Rwanda (UR), and accommodates 17,000 species of plants.

The Ambassador was joined by the Director-General of Rwanda Environment and Management Authority (REMA), Juliet Kabera, officials from Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and University of Rwanda, and graduates from the university.

On the occasion, they launched a workshop to increase the capacity of young Rwandans to collect and identify plants hence contribute to the development of the National Herbarium of Rwanda and the country’s documentation of its rich botanical heritage.

In total, 30 individuals including MSc students, recent BSc graduates were trained. The workshop was financed by the Israel Embassy in Rwanda.

According to Ambassador Adam, preserving biodiversity should be prioritized.

He said: “One of the key areas of concern is the preservation of biodiversity and of the biological ecosystem on Earth. Humanity needs to preserve biodiversity which became more challenging in the current age of climate change and global warming.”

“The embassy attaches great importance to the preservation of parks and nature in Rwanda,” He added.

Israel has dealt with the conservation of its nature since its inception by declaring more than one-third of its land under preservation. There are more than 150 national parks in Israel. 

Meanwhile, Rwanda is also committed to preserving the environment, as explained by Kabera.

“The Green Growth and Climate Resilience strategy of 2011 as well as its updates NDCs of 2020 are examples of strategic documents that highlight priority interventions which Rwanda embarked on to mitigate and adapt to climate change,” she noted.

She added: “These interventions include but not limited to promoting the use of renewable energy, rainwater storage and efficient use, landscape restoration, and promoting e-mobility.”

Visiting Nyungwe National Park

In a bid to promote research and help graduates to better understand biodiversity, over 20 people composed of UR graduates and their lecturers were facilitated to visit the Nyungwe National Park on Wednesday, April 21.

They collected 30 plant species, which they assert will help them conduct further significant researches.

“I have learned a lot with my students, we discovered a lot of species and collected samples that were not at the National Herbarium of Rwanda. This will help us to monitor the evolution of plant species in relation to climate change,” said Prof. Elias Bizuru, a lecturer of Botany and related courses at UR College of Science and Technology.

Aime Sandrine Uwase, Coordinator of National Herbarium of Rwanda and a graduate in Botany and Conservation at UR, also hailed the visit. “I enjoyed the trail, I got to learn new things. I was able to see with my eyes the plant species we were taught in class. We thank the Israel Embassy in Rwanda for this opportunity given to us.” 

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Mrs. Harvey Hikes Into Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas Habitat

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For a return to serenity and bonding with nature, Marjorie Elaine Harvey the spouse to an American television presenter Broderick Stephen Harvey was recently spotted into Rwanda’s mountain Gorilla’s habitat.

Through her Instagram page, Mrs Harvey commended Rwanda government for taking good care of the Mountain Gorilla’s.

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