To pave the way with strategies to fight against climate change, countries are effectively engaging at national and local levels to meet global agreements. As countries are starting to engage relevant stakeholder groups in developing and implementing their REDD+ strategies, there’s need to invest in awareness raising and capacity building of civil society and local communities in the south; engage them in all phases of REDD+; and build a knowledge base on climate change and REDD+, so as to empower them to translate global knowledge into actionable plans at the national and regional levels.
The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance is currently implementing a World Bank (FCPF) funded project dubbed “The Pan African Civil Society FCPF Capacity Building Program on REDD+” which is aimed at building the capacity of African Civil Society and Local Communities on REDD+ in order to strengthen the knowledge of targeted southern civil society organizations and local communities on REDD+ Readiness at the national level and Knowledge exchange at the regional level. In Madagascar, country level capacity building activities are implemented by Gasy Youth Up under the project titled “Miara- Mikajy ny Tontolo (protecting and conserving the environment together).
Miara- Mikajy ny Tontolo (protecting and conserving the environment together) with the key goal of strengthening the capacity of youth leaders across Madagascar ( mainly Toamasina, Fianarantsoa, Mahajanga, Antananarivo to lead bold local initiatives in promoting climate change mitigation and building the capacity on REDD+ and the environment protection and conservation in general.