Strengthening Environmental Governance in Moldova through Community-participation and E-learning

Strengthening Environmental Governance in Moldova through Community-participation and E-learning

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The Moldovan Environmental Governance Academy (MEGA) improved participatory approaches to community-based environmental management and governance. In particular, MEGA developed MEGA Game, which is a map-based project management and collaboration platform to help environmental organizations realize successful environmental projects within a global community. Through this initiative, MEGA was able to harness the power of gamification, specifically to spur interest and engagement regarding environmental issues. MEGA successfully connected 17 environmental NGOs in Moldova and actively engaged volunteers from diverse organizations. Through collaborative data gathering, research, awareness-raising, and on-site environmental action in three regions, these volunteers improved water management and biodiversity conservation in their communities. Through the MEGA Game, the organization also engaged the public to be involved in climate change mitigation activities, such as forest planting. This activity won the “ClimateLaunchpad” and the “Ideas4Change” awards.

Good Health and Well-Being , Clean Water and Sanitation , Climate Action , Life on Land , Partnerships for the Goals , Reduce waste generation through reduction, recycling, reuse , Encourage, promote public, private, civil society partnerships , Promote learning on environmentally sound technologies

The protection of natural resources and environmental management in Moldova is challenging. The country’s biodiversity is currently being threatened by climate change and over-exploitation. Moldova’s forest biodiversity is increasingly threatened due to forest management activities and pollution. In addition to the decline in forest biodiversity, there is also a decline in available food sources, which is adversely affecting larger species, such as eagles and falcons.

In order to address this challenge, the MEGA project uses a collaborative, motivational, and cost-efficient approach through a gamification platform, “MEGA Game: The Game with Impact.” Through the platform, the MEGA team fosters engagement and strengthens community-based environmental management and governance. In engaging various local authorities from different regions and assessing their awareness on environmental issues, the platform then captures their proposals to address the environmental issues.

The project improved participatory approaches and mechanisms in terms of community-based environmental management and governance by connecting various stakeholders and encouraging proactive dialogue.  Through gamification and crowdsourcing of environmental data, civil society actors improved their understanding of environmental issues in their communities.

Additionally, MEGA Game provides users with an innovative, accessible, and user-friendly platform to create goals to address environmental issues relating to Sustainable Development Goals 13, 14 and 15. The platform provides online training and courses, assigns rewards, receives and manages goal reporting, provides feedback to stakeholders.

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Climate change is impacting food security in Kenya

Shared by: Caroline Nyakeri , Chief Operating Officer, Green Gates Ecofarm, Kenya

Agriculture is the main economic activity in Cherangany, Kenya, however recent developments, such as land degradation and climate change have negatively impacted crop production. As a result, the population is suffering from malnutrition and famine. To address this challenge, the government imported maize (a local staple food) from Mexico in order to achieve the national demand for food. The high poverty rates combined with the food production crises have also exacerbated deforestation, settlement & cultivation along wetlands. In 2017, the European Union provided 34.8 million Euros for ecosystems' rehabilitation, alternative income generation, and product diversification.

Rural women comprise 80% of agricultural labor in Kenya, thus are key to development, however have limited access to education, financial resources, land and employment opportunities. Consequently, they are harder hit by poverty and climate change.

Likewise, more effort is needed to include persons with disabilities (PWDs) in programmes related to food security and nutrition. For this reason, women and PWDs should be considered in any project regarding poverty and malnourishment.

In terms of policies in place, Kenya’s Forest Services, as well as the Total Eco Challenge & NETFUND Green Innovations Award are promoting agroforestry, commercial tree farming and forest protection to guarantee the preservation of 10% of the national tree cover by 2030. Their mandate is to promote and support Kenya’s national green growth.

In addition, the ministries of Agriculture and Fisheries in Kenya are working on sustained rural development by providing non-formal training to the local population in order to improve people’s livelihood through the use of community resources.

Furthermore, several private sector organizations, such as the Botanic Treasures are training small farmers to grow, process and commercialize Moringa trees, nationally & internationally.

Lastly, Kenya’s leading communications company, Safaricom Limited has been involved, namely to engage stakeholders to discuss food security, education and socio-economic empowerment of persons with albinism (PWAs).
 

Zero Hunger , Empower smallholder farmers; connect them to markets , End malnutrition, especially in children, women, elders , Ensure sustainable, climate-resilient food systems

Several programmes would improve this development challenge, such as a home-grown school meals model, which would help farmers diversify their production and increase their income. Moreover, it would favor children’s school attendance and performance. Over a 100 schools in Kenya's Trans Nzoia County would benefit from the program. http://schoolsnetkenya.com/secondary-schools-in-trans-nzoia-county/
 

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