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JULY-SEPTEMBER 2020
IPEN AA POs Organizational Capacity Building 2020
IPEN AA Hub with support from the Secretariat conducted training on fundraising and project planning as well as applied research for data generation on pollution and analysis, packaging for advocacy. The training was conducted through zoom conference for three days September 15, 21 and 22. The aim of the training was to improve participants’ capacity on fundraising for projects and project planning and management. Also to improve participants’ capacity to conduct  research and data generation for advocacy. The training was conducted by Prof Jamidu Katima, former IPEN Co-Chair.
Participants to the training:
  • 15 Sept. - Fundable Proposal Writing: 32 participants (21 men, 11 women) from 10 countries.
  • 21 Sept. - Project Planning and Project Management: 20 participants (12 men, 8 women) from 9 countries)     
  • 22 Sept. - Applied Research for Advocacy:  19 participants (13 men, 6 women) from 6 countries).
Centre For Earth Works (CFEW), Nigeria Conducted a Community clean up Exercise
The World Clean-up Day (WCD) is an annual global social action program aimed at combating the global solid waste problem, including the problem of marine debris. The World Clean-up Day was 19 September 2020. The CFEW team carried out a community clean up exercise and a brand audit on the 25th September, 2020 at the Jos Museum, Jos Plateau State Nigeria. This community exercise carried out, revealed the need for more work to get data and innovative approach to address the issue of plastic sachet, facemask, plastic fragments, menstrual and children pads as well as the need to hold corporate polluters to take responsibility and push for policy through advocacy and collective campaigning. Find story here or https://wejosrock.com/environmentalists-call-for-innovative-actions-at-all-levels-to-end-plastic-pollution/
CFEW conduct Radio Engagement
CFEW team featured in various radio show in their community to talk about pollution and sustainable development. The team lead shared his perspectives on the rising challenge of plastic pollution through the sachets economy. Sachets seems to be solving the issues of preserving food and getting the needed food to the masses but at the same time it is causing a bigger problem of unending circle of polluting  our environment. We have to seek innovative approach like the use alternative –environmentally friendly packaging material to beat plastic pollution.
Marine and ocean pollution - prevent dumping into the ocean -CEJAD
On 13th July, CEJAD team was involved in installation of Signage boards in Shimoni mainland to warn tourist against using Single Use plastics in Wasini Island. The Key stakeholders include the GEF-SGP who funded the project. The community members were also involved in the process. The areas which have signage boards installed are cleaner than they were before the installation. On 23rd September Dorothy of CEJAD was interviewed by the Swedish Broadcasting T.V following the exposé by the New York Times on the lobbying of the American Chemistry Council to the US government to put up a recycling facility in Kenya and put restrictions on the ban in used plastics.
On 29th September CEJAD together with the community members and a construction expert are putting up the demonstration centre for waste management. The structure is made using blocks made from PET bottles to prevent dumping into the ocean. As a result the community members are not dumping plastic bottles and instead are supplying them to the community target group members for the block making process.
CEHF-Zambia: campaign to phase out Dental amalgam
Zambia Institute of Environmental Health (ZIEH) President, Mr Kennedy Chishimba applauded the works of Children’s Environmental Health Foundation (CEHF) for   their continued efforts in the campaign to phase out Dental amalgam and make dental amalgam a history in Zambia. Speaking during commemoration of the World Environmental Health Day  at Lusaka Inter City Bus  terminals  during the cleanup  campaign  of stopping Corona Virus pandemic  through  keeping of the Inter-City bus terminals environment  clean, Green and Healthy  and participated by  Environmental Health Practitioners and Children’s Environmental Health Foundation (CEHF)  Team  Mr Chishimba stated that Zambia is a party to the Minamata Convention that came into force on 16th August 2017 and Zambia led the way in ending dental amalgam in Children 20 years ago. The dentists of Zambia discovered that glass ionomers provided superior oral health care of children. This decision by the dentists has provided a major health and environmental   benefit. Mr Chishimba appealed to the Government to phase out dental amalgam in order to even protect the run off mercury waste that may contaminate our rivers.
Mercury free technologies - NAPE-Uganda
NAPE continued raising awareness on the risks associated with the use of mercury in artisanal gold mining and promoting mercury free methodologies. The target group were artisanal gold miners
NAPE with support from the GEF small grants program UNDP put up a demonstration site in Kayonza-Kassanda district to illustrate the use of an alternative method of extracting gold using Borax by applying gravity concentration techniques. An experience sharing knowledge was organized where miners from other districts that have been trained by NAPE on the methodology facilitated and oriented   miners from Kassanda on how the alternative method works.
Against oil spill in Mauritius - groundWork 24 August 2020 – “We, organizations in Friends of the Earth Africa, the African Climate Justice Group, and Friends of the Earth Japan stand in solidarity with the people and Nature of Mauritius. We send our salutes and commend the Mauritian people in their incredible collective efforts, passion and commitment towards containing the spill and its impacts. Nevertheless, we condemn in the strongest possible terms, the oil spill from a Japanese owned ship, MV Wakashio and the demonstrated incompetence of the incumbent authorities in preventing it, and in dealing with the spill's aftermath.
The Japanese owned ship, MV Wakashio, carrying 4,000 metric tons of oil, ran aground just off the coast of the small island nation of Mauritius on July 25, 2020 and broke apart on Saturday August 15, 2020.
Over 1000 metric tons of the oil in the ship has spilled into the surrounding waters and there are concerns that more oil will spill from the ship. This spill is already and will continue to cause substantial damage to the Island's ecosystem and local livelihoods. This without mentioning the expected long-term damage to marine environments expected from the disposal of the shipwreck after it is removed.
Mauritius is a biodiversity hotspot and the spill occurred near two environmentally protected marine ecosystems and the Blue bay marine reserve park which is a wetland of immense international significance. Coral reefs, protected lagoons and the nation's shorelines have already been impacted.
Plastic pollution - groundWork 03 July 2020
Plastic pollution is a major threat to human health and environmental sustainability. Government policies that restrict plastic production is one way we can tackle this issue. Africa has made incredible strides in the fight against plastic, while not all bans on plastic have been effectively enforced, countries like Rwanda and Kenya have championed strong enforcement to justify the reasoning behind placing a ban in the first place. Other African countries have also made significant contributions to stop the production and importation of single use plastic. This Plastic Free July we reflect on the plastic policies that have been issued by African countries.
Toxic-Free SDGs Project in the AA
 IPEN AA Hub facilitated agreement between IPEN and  10 POs from 6 countries for small grants for the Toxic-Free SDGs Project phase 3 (TF-SDGs-3)
  • 4 projects on HHPs (4 POs Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Uganda);
  • 4 projects on COVID-19 chemicals and wastes (4 POs from Mozambique, Uganda, Nigeria and Zambia);
  • 1 project on Talc Double standard (Nigeria); and
  •  1 project on Toxic Plastic (Kenya).
In addition, the Hub recommended a trainer on gender and chemicals project in the AA.
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