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Knowing more about climate change

The operational team of WDYP has benefited from a capacity building training on environmental issues focused on climate change. The workshop was organized as a prelude to the forthcoming Paris Conference known as Cop 21.


“Despite an international awareness on the dangers related to climate change, habits haven’t changed yet”.  This taught from Mr Yves Kede in his presentation of the brief history on the various international conferences that were held from Kyoto to Copenhagen, confirms the famous saying “bad habits die hard”. The declaration was made during the workshop organized on Thursday, November 12, 2015 in WDYP premises in order to enlighten the staff on the problematic of climate change. In his presentation, Mr Kede pointed out that all the conferences organised so far, more than 20, have recorded failures due to the fact that parties’ states are refusing to apply the decisions agreed. It seems the world can not have real control on the root causes of the climate problem, one can say.

He proceeded by observing that the conference of parties which is to be held in Paris (Cop 21) as from November 30 to December 11 2015, has as major aim to bring the states to reduce gas emissions from 40 to 70 per cent on reaching 2050, based on the 2010 level of emission. Proceeding in his communication, he said the Central African zone despite not been listed as one of the greatest world pollutant is seriously affected by climate change as it can be testified by the drying of the lake Chad basin area.

Making mention of negotiations undergoing between various parties states, he explained that climate change does not present itself as a problem to everyone. It can rather be an opportunity to others. He took as example the melting of ice creating new sea routes for countries like Russia and thus making it difficult for decisions to be taken at international level to binding to everyone. To conclude, he pledge for a renewal of a new economic and social model in order better fight climate change especially in Africa.

He was immediately followed by the second resource person, Mr. Michel Bissou who explained the evolution of the different instruments used in addressing environmental issues such as the environmental code and environmental law and laid emphasis on the two essential approaches to tackle environmental issues which include environmental follow up, consisting of analysing different elements of the environment such as the quality of water or air and secondly, the respect of the environment through various legal instruments been put in place in a given country.

At the end of the session, it was recommended to WDYP staff to use the insights gained through the discussions and the knowledge acquired to educate others on the topic of climate change and environmental challenges as well as integrating them in the various interventions of the organisation.

Fomekung Solomon Hope