- BMZ-Programme "Safer future through climate
- Community participation among dryland dwellers
BMZ-Programme "Safer future through climate protection"
Bonn -With a new programme for the promotion of environmental
protection and renewable energies in the Third World the German government aims
at contributing to global climate protection. More rational forms of energy use
through the modernisation of production methods will be promoted as well as the
renovation of old power stations, the reduction of harmful emissions and the
expansion of mass public transport. On the list are also solar technology, wind
energy and small-scale water power stations. In addition, countries will be
supported as they move towards CFC-free products.
When presenting the programme in April, Carl-Dieter Spranger,
the Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, emphasised that the
government also aims to secure jobs in Germany. German environment technology is
particularly strong and competitive. Therefore, it could benefit from the
increase in demand for environment technology from newly industrialized
The programme, which is planned to last several years, has a
budget of one billion Marks. It is funded by budgets which were originally
reserved for the tenth replenishment of the International Development
Association (IDA), an agency of the World Bank which is based in Washington DC.
Since the USA is in arrears with their payments for IDA, Germany will only pay
its contribution according to its quota. Instead of three there will only be two
billion Marks flowing from Bonn to Washington.
Minister Spranger stressed that the funding from Bonn is not
included in the country quota of bilateral development cooperation, but is being
offered in addition. The funding is also in addition to the German contributions
for the reduction of carbon dioxide.
Community participation among dryland dwellers
Nairobi -The Dryland Ecosystems & Desertification Control
Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Environmental
Liaison Centre International (ELCI) are currently devising a method to approach
effectively a community-based evaluation of projects.
This method was tested
in Nothern Kenya in an area where several projects are operating in the same
locality. The final document will be a manual for development workers with
practical guidelines on how to apply this method in the field.
The first results have proved very interesting concerning the
comunity-based approach to the perception of their community's environment, as
well as of the on-going projects.
Not only do the people see the different projects in a
completely different way to us, but there is also a difference of perception
among the various stakeholders within the same community. "Indigenous" appraisal
of projects serves as a mediator between our linear way of thinking and the
perceptions of the community, and thus facilitates a better understanding that
is so important for project success.
For more information contact:
P. O. Box 30552
Tel. + 25 42 62 32 65
Fax + 25 42 62 32 84