Climate Change

for partners in west and central Africa

the PACE supplement 'Energy and climate change' is now available in french - for more information contact pace@tusk.org  

Climate Smart Agriculture

  Climate Smart agriculture, also called Conservation farming is a no till approach.  No plough is used to till the soil.  The lack of tilling maintains soil particle size meaning that more water can infiltrate deeper.  This, with the extra organic matter added to the soil makes farms more resistant to drought, and also to erosion. Soils contain carbon dioxide and extensive ploughing or hand-tilling releases all this carbon dioxide into the atmosphere increasing greenhouse gas emissions. In ‘Conservation Farming’ permanent [...]

PACE – helping people adapt to climate change

Africa bears little blame for the world's current climate crisis, yet is one of the continents most effected by and most vulnerable to climate change and variability.  Isn't it ironic that after a connecting with kids in the UK and USA  over the summer, 16 year old Ruth Mbabazi in rural Uganda (Gasiza parish) said she'd learned "that the whole world is fighting against climate change, I thought we were the only ones doing it" It is because people across Africa [...]

PACE, Climate change, Wildlife and Communities in Africa –

      Climate change is already impacting on the daily lives of people in rural and urban Africa and it is a massive issue for conservation.  Climate Change is affecting the livelihoods and well being of people, is having an impact on ecosystems and on wildlife - impacts which are inextricably linked, and exacerbate each other. It has not gone unnoticed at PACE that the number of requests from wildlife rangers for ideas and materials to resolve conflict between local communities [...]

School environment club planting trees in Maroua

April and May are the hottest months in the Far north region of Cameroon. Temperatures range between 36 and 42, sometimes 46 oC - pretty challenging for indoor classes when there is no air conditioning.  At Jacques de Bernon Catholic School in Maroua because of these extreme temperatures and as a a covid precaution,  lessons have moved outside.  It has made the teachers and learners appreciate the shade of mango trees planted on campus by the school's founders. The situation has [...]

Biochar Action sheet now available in french

The FAO estimates that 2.4 billion people depend on wood energy for cooking and heating.  In African countries the proportion of people using wood fuels as a main or only source of energy can be startling. Ninety percent of the population in Sierra Leone are estimated to rely on charcoal or firewood for energy, and 85% in Mali. In Madagascar, Senegal, Chad and Niger, the figures are similar.  In urban areas the trend is from wood towards charcoal.  Charcoal stoves are [...]

Biochar Action sheet

Our new PACE Action sheet explains how, at community or household level, people can take advantage of the benefits Biochar can bring to their daily lives.   Simple, low or no cost artisanal methods to improve lives, livelihoods, and the environment – locally and globally. It was written with Graeme Boyd-Moss, inspired by experience on his parents small holding in north western Kenya. Biochar has been integral to life at Spencer’s Farm for nearly 20 years. It has ensured that they have [...]

‘BIOCHAR’ – carbon negative cooking.

Carbon neutral cooking is good, but Carbon negative cooking is even better. Biochar can achieve just that, along with multiple other benefits to the environment and human well-being.  We learned about biochar from a family in north western Kenya where biochar has been central to life on their farm for nearly 20 years. It enabled them to reverse uncontrolled loss of tree cover and environmental degradation caused by high consumption of fuel wood.  It has ensured that they have clean, safe [...]

PACE training resumes

We are thankful that finally, normal activities, covid-aware and covid-secure have started to resume. After months of school closures pupils in exam years are now back into their classrooms in Zimbabwe, with the rest of students scheduled to return in November. Responding to the reduced restrictions Palloma Pachiti from Sebakwe Conservation Education Centre in the Midlands has already arranged PACE training for key educators for next month.  Lead teachers from Carbon Green Africa and SAVE Valley Conservancy sites are included in [...]

Conservation Education materials on their way to partners in seventeen countries across Africa

We received brand new Conservation Education materials from the printer last week - Energy & Climate Change, and Careers in Conservation, booklets, posters and banners.   You can watch a great little preview of the Energy & Climate Change supplement (production of) courtesy of Ashley House Printing.  Nearly 500 kg of the new materials are now on their way to partners in Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, DRC, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia! Huge thanks [...]

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