Stephen Tommy Garnett
Director, Environmental Foundation for Africa
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Welcome to CEC in Central and West Africa
CEC Regional Vice-Chair 2009-2012
Stephen Tommy Garnett
CEC National Activators 2009 - 2012
CEC National Activators enhance Commission impact in their countries and regions. As national focal points, they work closely with the CEC Regional Vice-Chair.
- Benin — Joséa Dossou-Bodjrenou, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cameroon — Jonas Kemajou Syapze, email@example.com
- Democratic Republic of Congo — Naum Butoto, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gambia — Abdou Khadire Diop, email@example.com
- Ghana — Ken Kinney, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Guinea — Selly Camara, email@example.com
- Guinea-Bissau — Nicolau Mendes, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Liberia — Henry Smith, Society_conservation@yahoo.com
- Mali — Alassane Ballo, email@example.com
- Nigeria — Esther Agbarakwe, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senegal — Abdou Khadire Diop, email@example.com
- Sierra Leone — Joseph Rahall, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Togo — Tsivanyo Mensah Todzro, email@example.com
La réunion des animateurs de la commission d’éducation et de communication de l’UICN en Afrique centrale et occidentale
Photo: Félicité Mangang, PACO
A note from the Vice-Chair 2009 - 2012
The CEC Central and West Africa regional network is critical to building a platform for uniting actors with a common vision for environmental sustainability and uplifting standards and livelihoods of the people of Africa.
Eradicating poverty in Africa and building a sustainable society require a new paradigm. Africans must own and lead this process. Therefore capacities need to be developed and maintained within the region. International partnerships and cooperation are key to this process.
IUCN CEC, with a wealth of educational tools and access to a wide pool of experts around the world, has the stature and institutional mechanisms that can help with the identification and recruitment of new members as well as linking up with other related networks across the globe.
Messages about environmental issues needs to be transmitted to as many target groups as possible, especially given the relatively low levels of awareness / understanding of the issues in the African context, in particular among members of the media, law makers, policy formulators, political leaders, educators, local communities, NGOs and public and private sectors. Against this background, the following ideas are proposed:
1. Undertake a baseline study, including country-level stakeholder analysis to determine status of environmental education and communication at national level. The study will seek to establish levels of investment in Environmental Education and Communication in past decade, e.g. resources, materials and tools available; usefulness in addressing ‘current needs’; gaps in existing knowledge resource base; sponsors and donors; local, national and regional experts.
2. Use findings of study to lobby/advocate region-wide for integration of environmental education in national school curriculums including allocation of appropriate funding for developing the curriculum, training teachers and practitioners. The CEC Regional Vice-Chair has already established contacts with ECOWAS, which could be very helpful for promoting a common regional policy on environment. Analyze the study’s findings in consultation and/or partnership with IUCN regional and country offices.
3. Through National Activators, facilitate awareness programmes and capacity development, targeting media institutions and national parliaments (in the short term) to ensure the word gets out from professionals with a ‘deep’ understanding of the issues and of the need for change.
4. Organize open days in each country, e.g. at universities and various teacher training colleges, to promote the profile of IUCN CEC and recruit new CEC members.
5. CEC Regional Vice-Chair to visit IUCN regional office to gain better understand of communication strategy for environmental education and ongoing projects or available resources that could be leveraged or contributed to.
1. Identify and scale up best practices through toolkits that are easy to read and use.
Undertake a regional project involving CEC, Green Actors of West Africa and other networks to create a civil society-led “State of the Environment Report” to be updateable annually by the local actors, with current information from their various localities.
2. Use reports to develop various multimedia tools (including a DVD) focusing on specific themes for advocacy and lobbying campaigns at local, national and regional levels to encourage the various stakeholders to own and support nature/biodiversity conservation.
3. Ongoing capacity building of CEC National Animators and CEC members, especially in communicating about climate change and REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) as part of preparedness for climate change mitigation and adaptation.