Climate Change Initiative for Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali
For the past 10 years, Professor Dramane Toure and Annie Goeke have been working together to design and implement a climate change initiative for West Africa. Due to the political unrest, much of the work had been on hold until peace was regained in the Ivory Coast. During the time of unrest, Professor Toure had been relentless in continuing to fight and help his people with other projects. Now that the country is more stable, we have reinstated our original climate change proposal. This proposal was presented in both Paris and Marrakesh (COP 21, 22) as the Climate Change Initiative titled "PROPOSALS FOR 35 ERI PROJECTS, SUBMITTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF COTE D'IVOIRE AND THE AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY, TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND FRANCE, TO COP 22, TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENSURE SUSTAINABLE SAFETY IN WEST AFRICA". It focuses on stability and lasting peace in the fight against the vertiginous spread of religious terrorism in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and its threats in northern Côte d'Ivoire. At the same time, it takes into account the urgent reintegration of young people who were victims of these conflicts. The whole northern region of the Ivory Coast and the three countries mentioned, has been a victim of the disastrous effects of global warming characterized by drought, desertification, lack of electricity, drinking water, roads, secular schools, basic community health centers, etc. Plagued by hunger, unemployment, poverty and severe, acute food insecurity, this area is the breeding ground for terrorism. The second feature of this initiative concerns the adoption of climate-constraining projects, which have been chosen not only to bring the climate temperature down to 2 degrees centigrade by the end of the century, but above all as a means to solve the problems of durable peace and stability thus identified. Hence our renewable energy projects (solar, wind, biomass, small hydroelectric dams), reforestation, decarbonation, mitigation, adaptation, biosafety, sustainable food security, soil restoration, pollution control, pollination, blue carbon mangrove and Ecological radio are part of the 35 projects. ERI role is to work directly with civil society and to bring in sustainability through our programs, methods and global partnerships.
Here is a summary of our main projects starting April 2017 in the Ivory Coast
Solar Energy Projects: city solar power plant program -solar kits to replace wood and coal - solar photovoltaic lamps for public lighting -solar traffic lights - Attieké photovoltaic cooking solar ovens to replace wood -solar food dryers for urban organic farming
Wind Energy Project
Eenergy Efficiency/Carbon Emission reduction -methanisation program at the garbage dump in Akouédo, a unit of Methanisation with Planet Verte 365
-new generation improved fireplaces program
Reforestation Projects: roadside tree planting of 4 million trees -planting 2 Million Mangrove trees for ecological revitalization of the Bay of Cocody- developing 100 parks for the city
Initiate a local eco-radio program
Sustainable Transportation Development Program
Sustainable Urban Agriculture: enhancement of sustainable urban agriculture
Sustainable Building Project: sustainable housing for all, in favor of the displaced and deprived
Climate Observation Program
Creation of local citizen groups on climate change and security
It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. At Earth Rights, we have been promoting agriculture that provides local communities with nutritious food for all and can generate decent incomes. We believe that it is imperative that rural development provides food security while protecting the environment. As our soils, freshwater, forests and biodiversity are rapidly degraded, ERI focuses its programs on changing the current trend such as monoculture and offers solutions that are more central to addressing hunger and poverty eradication. We address how climate change has put more pressure on their resources such as droughts and floods, and that agricultural is essential to providing the key solutions and that the smallholder farmers’ adaptation to climate change have shown to help farmers with a higher returned in financial benefits. Currently, we have initiated and begun the process to launch two food security projects, one in the Comoros Islands and other in Sierra Leone
Many rural women and men can no longer make ends meet on their land, forcing them to migrate to cities in search of opportunities. A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish today’s 795 million hungry and the additional 2 billion people expected by 2050. The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.
Earth Rights Institute has worked on a variety of health and wellness projects around the world. Our programs promote the creation of health associations for their local region and provide appropriate education and tools that address the well-being of the local population. Water, sanitation, nutrition and waste are integrated into the program. As malnutrition is a major problem worldwide, ERI health and wellness programs helps cultivate food gardens and offer education on nutrition for the community on how to live healthier lives for themselves and for generations to come. We look to see what possible resources are available in the region to develop into economic capacity building projects such as natural wellness and health care products, healthcare services, natural skin care products, first aid products, nutrition and natural supplement products, herbs and other natural products providing better health for all.
Earth Rights Institute has advocated and promoted social and economic enterprises. We provide the tools, resources, education and support to help our partners and communities to apply commercial strategies to maximize improvements for the local population and their environment. We work towards creating businesses to further a social purpose in a financially sustainable way. In today's world, modern economic models have shown to bring in inequalities in the distribution of wealth especially in regions where poverty is rampant. Our programs, both in the past and current, have helped provide insight on how to provide income generation opportunities that meet the basic needs of people living in poverty. We strive for communities to become self-reliant over time and set up models that can be expanded or replicated to other communities. The microfinancing loan system, such as KIVA, is one of the loan investments we promote as well as long term loan investments called co-profit models.