Youth Initiative to Fight Climate Change

Ivory Coast

A report by Marie-Josee Houénou, NAYP Ivory Coast Focal Point

 The Support Association for Self Promotion Sanitary and Urban safety (ASAPSU), working with a group of youth called Jeunesse Francophone pour le Développement Durable (JFDD), is an Ivorian association working to promote health, support refugees, environmental conservation and access to education by and for young people. ASAPSU works in rural areas in Ivory Coast in collaboration with the Health Community Center.

Entrepreneurs invités par l’Initiative Jeunesse de Lutte contre les Changements climatiques – Americana 2017

In order to support the actions of Francophone youth in the fight against climate change and the protection of the environment, ASAPSU through JFDD, participates in the implementation of the Youth Initiative Project to fight climate change. The project was launched in November 2016 at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP-22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Initiative is implemented by the Institute of la Francophonie for Sustainable Development (IFDD) and the International Youth Offices of Quebec (LOJIQ) thanks to the financial support of the Government of Quebec as part of the 2013-2020 Action Plan on Climate Change (PACC 2013-2020), funded by the Green Fund.

Young people share articles reporting on a set of projects and initiatives that take place in their countries and communities. Within five months, this project has impacted more than 330, 100 young people across the French-speaking world through Médiaterre portal, as well as on the social networks of Jeunesse Francophone pour le Développement Durable and the partner platforms. Young people from Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Madagascar, Togo, Morocco, Quebec, Mali shared their experiences and participated to COP 23 in Bonn, and the FIJEV in Niger.

Notable among the initiatives presented is Andrianisaina Fanilo and Konta Fatoumata Daouda’s article focusing on waste management titled “4 000 milliards de kilos de déchets : rien ne doit se perdre, tout doit être transformé “. Many entrepreneurs developed green business especially in rural part of Ivory Coast. Daniel Oulai, a 27 young Ivorian, launched the Grainotheque Project in Ivory Coast which aims to protect local seeds from agricultural industrialization. Promoting the use of natural and non-GMO seeds, training of local farmers in agroecology techniques is indeed essential as Daniel notes on France24. He started training 20 farmers -aged 25 to 35- in composting, and waste reuse showing them that it is possible to produce more without chemicals.

The Youth Initiative to Fight Climate Change’s main objective as demonstrated above is to inspire youth to fight climate change.

The initiative can be found here: https://www.mediaterre.org/actu,20180410122210,15.html and here:http://www.wesisah.com/

(photo courtesy of Marie-Josee)