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  • Floods hit Uganda   8 years 30 weeks ago

    I remember when this happened, it was absolutely horrible. May god bless everyone that was involved.

    - James, Resveratrol Consultant

  • Kenya to set up climate Change centre   9 years 6 weeks ago

    India,Pakistan,Myanmar,Bangladesh,Nepal,Srilanka is also facing climate change problem and forests and illegal mining and overflowing of rivers and landslide in Himalayan region creating great problem for climate change crisis in south Asian countries.I am looking for cooperation with Climate change centre open in Kenya.However,India is big country and but can exchange ideas and policies with Kenya climate change centre because African countries doing more in climate change areas.I want to exchange ideas and policies and cooperation also with African jounrnalists who are working in the climate change in African countries.Pls send me your comments and take my comments for your features.I am looking for such type of environmental jounrnalists who can work with me and can share money on joint features where we get paid for the features.

    with thanks
    Anil Kumar Upadhyaya
    freelance journalists
    India
    email: banfool12@yahoo.co.uk
    Date-6/10/08

  • Welcome to the NECJOGHA blogs   9 years 6 weeks ago

    Every year in rainy season in eastern India,lot of riers like Ganges,Kosi,Brahmaputra comes with heavy waters in the states of UP,Bihar and Assam and Orissa and lakhs of people dies and displaced but no timebound flood management is placed in these states.People are suffering also in the state Bihar and UP due to heavy river water had been released by Nepal and no information had been given to Indian and state governments and lakhs of people dies and animals also died this year.Indian government is also careless about Indian flood water management.Indian government should take care of flood management and overflowing of rivers due to lot of sand and not doing dredging of rivers in these areas.I need concentration of Indian goernment and Intl agencies also working in this field in India.

    with thanks
    Anil Kumar Upadhyaya
    freelance journalist
    India
    email : banfool12@yahoo.co.uk
    Date-6/10/08

  • Kenya to set up climate Change centre   9 years 10 weeks ago

    This is a welcome development because there is a vacuum in dissemination of information on Climate Change to the public. This is a bold step. The problem has been too much information circulating about the possible impacts of CC on Africa. With a Climate Change Center it will mean a better research program and projects to better understand this phenomenon.

    The Kenyan Chapter should get more such stories on the NECJOGHA pages for us to share more with other colleagues in the region.

    Patrick Luganda

  • Uganda and Tanzania over River Nile   9 years 10 weeks ago

    This year has been uncharacteristically cold in Kenya and despite the rapid decline of ice on the summit of Mount Kenya, the country's largest mountain, a village in central Kenya experienced what the Meteorological department described as hail which did not melt due to cold weather, three days ago.
    Some parts of Kenya experience heavy storms that usually accompany short rains. The hail is said to have been caused by a heavy storm. It caused great damage to food crops, grazing fields and commercial flowers in the area farm.
    Witnesses told the press that the hail covered 100 acres of land and was at least four inches deep.
    However, it later melted to the big relief of the residents who thought thy would never reclaim their land. Residents said they had never witnessed such an occurrence. Perhaps just another manifestation of climate change that adds to many emerging incidents of unusual behaviour of mother nature.

  • Uganda and Tanzania over River Nile   9 years 11 weeks ago

    Wanzala thanks for the comment and welcome to the website can you please update us on the 'snow' in Kenya?

  • Uganda and Tanzania over River Nile   9 years 11 weeks ago

    The Nile water may be a matter of life and death for Egyptians but all the riparian countries have the right to access this precious resource.
    Any bilateral move between Kampala and Cairo done at the exclusion of the remaining members will jeorpadize the goals of the Nile Basin initiative and make the situation precarious.

    Egypt has the capacity to cajole and pressure countries in upper Nile into dubious treaties, but the problem is that climate change is a key prolem in the region. It is threatening Lake Victoria which is linked to the Nile, as rivers feeding into the lake itself continue to dry.
    The Egyptians should invest in climate change mitigation efforts in the Lake Victoria Basin, that will cushion around 40 million inhabitants of the Lake Basin from wanton destruction of forests and ensure sustainable utilization of the Lake's resources. Furthermore neccesity driven actions have least regard of treaties drawn in big capital cities with little involvement of concerned people at grass root level.
    One just have to take a glimpse at the havoc wrought to wetlands and rivers around Lake Victoria to notice how poverty is denying the world's second largest fresh water body a future.

    Piece meal treaties with a few countries will not solve the fears of the Egyptians. The biggest disdavantage is that such coercions can undermine the security of weaker states.
    The Nile Basin Initiative was created to remedy the damage done by the 1928 Anglo-Egyptian Nile Water treaty that almost granted Egypt, exlusive utilization of the Nile water.
    Lake Victoria is a shared resource, but countries can not be easily detered from using their territorial waters in relation to their needs. If more water is released by Uganda to flow Northwards, Tanzania can also drain more for irrigation, if it so wishes. Kenya boasts of the many rivers feeding Lake Victoria, it can divert the rivers for irrigating farms and focus on horticulture and fish farming instead of leaving its lakeside resident to subsist on fishing in the lake-the economic mainstay of Lakeside communities.
    Under the Nile Basin Initiative, senstive issues always been discussed and the rights of all the riparian countries respected.

    The latest development does not augur well for collaboration and partinership in ensuring that there is enough water in the Nile to flow Northwards and also ensure our fishermen, farmers and residents of numerous towns and villages dotting the shores of Lake Victoria continue to enjoy what the Lake has offered them for generations.
    Such squables are also undermining the push for regional intergration that has of of late gained momentum in East Africa.

  • The Real Home of Hurricanes: Ethiopia?   9 years 11 weeks ago

    Hailu in Uganda here they have predicted big storms too. But apart from the government making the alert and calling a press conference there is nothing in particular that has been laid on the ground.

    Although the public is talking about it no one seems to be doing anything and it is sad because am sure there will be panicking if there is any kind of disaster from the storms. Has your government done anything?

  • Escalating food prices: Are they good for the economy?   9 years 17 weeks ago

    While the news of higher prices are potentially good for the East African economies. the gains are not automatic and the governments, individuals and the whole regional community need concerted efforts to take advantage of the higher prices. Already middle men are cashing in on quick returns from trading food from surplus areas like Uganda to the neighbouring countries. However the local peasant farmers are not gaining as yet because they do not have the adequate capital investments to gain from the windfall. What is required are well calculated measures to make immediate investment plans so as to benefit in the medium and long term. For instance many countries in Africa are hardly using fertilisers (be they organic or inoprganic) to increase yields per unit area cultivated. Neither are they using improved seeds widely. Interventions by governments could include dissemination of modern technologies to the grassroots and addressing marketing constraints among others. A move to revolutionalize agriculture could also involve focussing on agro industries in order to add value to the agricultural production chain. In the meantine, there are over 12 million people in the East African region at the risk of severe food insecurity especially in Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti and parts of NE Uganda. But it is important for us to realise that the severity of the food crisis facing Eastern Africa could have been cushioned with better factoring of the advance climate forecasts that were relesaed earlier in the year.

  • Escalating food prices: Are they good for the economy?   9 years 17 weeks ago

    Cases of small scale farmers in East Africa lacking access to markets for their surplus produce have been a common occurrence during every harvesting season.

    An increased demand will offer an opportunity for them to access competitive markets and reap enough to plough back into buying inputs, thus increasing productivity.

    The problem is that poor urban dwellers will be compelled to dig deeper into their pockets.
    No wonder food riots continue to occur in our major cities.

  • Global forest plan could boost fight against poverty and climate change   9 years 17 weeks ago

    Global forest partnerships that link local and global partnerships are the way to go. We hope this new way of doing things saves our forests and is disseminated to the grassroot stakeholders.

  • BBC: Space cameras to monitor Congo Basin forests   9 years 21 weeks ago
    Hi

    Hey Cath,
    Welcome to NECJOGHA, that is a good initiative.

  • Wired: Nation's Spies: Climate Change Could Spark War   9 years 21 weeks ago

    I wonder how the FOX News types will deal with this. Many people in the United States still deny the existence of climate change, especially those who are overtly concerned about national security.

  • Burundi after the civil strife. How is the media helping to rebuild the nation?   9 years 21 weeks ago

    I believe media practitioners, especially Journalists and ‘media’ owners in Burundi should 'revive' observing media ethics. The growth of some problems such as ethnicity and community break-up had been due to unstable and partisan media. I think turning back to find mistakes/weakness of the Burundi media is the best starting point in helping rebuild the nation. Once Burundi journalists have re-build themselves then it would be easier to plan how they can help the re-build their nation including running reconciliation community programmes, and holding accountable politicians who still ruin the nation by promoting division and corruption.

    Issa, UK.

  • Book Review: Six Degrees By Journalist Mark Lynas'   9 years 22 weeks ago

    Bravo for Mark Lynas, the journalist/author whose book Six Degrees has scooped the prestigious award as reported by BBC today. We at NECJOGHA are pleased that one of our members made a book reviewof Six Degrees before the judges' verdict. Bravo Henry Lutaaya for your deep analytical feature. Follow the URL link below to read more.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7457317.stm

  • Welcome note   9 years 22 weeks ago

    Nicely put. If anyone has any technical questions or would like to request a new feature, e-mail me at webmaster at necjogha dot org.