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Joe at the 9th Powering Africa Summit

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Powering a Socially Just Energy Transition in Africa:
Perspectives from the 9th Powering Africa Summit

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Africa is resource rich in both wildlife and energy but remains a poor continent. While responsible for only about 3% of global carbon emission, African countries will be some of the most negatively impacted by climate change.

The scale of energy poverty in Africa and the urgent need to adopt renewables is a massive challenge. Most Africans still lack access to power, an inconceivable idea to the Global North and failure of human rights. An estimated 900 million people or 80% of households in sub-Saharan Africa rely on traditional biomass for personal energy consumption. This high demand for wood fuels can drive deforestation, which causes most of Africa’s limited emissions. Meanwhile, Africa’s population growth is projected to outpace the rest of the world further increasing energy demand and potential pressures on nature.

The 9th Powering Africa Summit, hosted by Power Africa in Washington, DC, confronted the need for increasing investment and sustainable finance mechanisms to address Africa’s energy poverty, meet growing demand, and achieve climate goals. Energy Ministers from every region attended with global finance institutions, U.S. government partners, solar industry developers, sustainable development advocates, and youth campaigners.

The agenda flowed from the Nairobi Declaration and climate pledges made at the inaugural Africa Climate Summit hosted by Kenya in 2023. To realize a clean transition and energy industrialization at the scale needed, more than $2 trillion of investment (almost the size of the entire continent’s GDP) is required including through increased access to concessional loans, support from developed nations, and a diversity of innovative private capitol partnerships.

But how do indigenous peoples and local communities fit in to this revolution? Being the most rural and often marginalized, indigenous peoples’ groups likely have the least access to power while their customary lands contribute the most to climate change mitigation. Indeed, rural electrification is a major benefit prioritized by community-based natural resource management programs, for example for communal conservancies in Namibia (my area of research expertise). And what cost will this energy transition have on biodiversity or more sustainable development opportunities through wildlife-based bio-economies, including timber, indigenous plant products, or communally managed forests?

Project developers do conduct environmental and social impact assessments, but data is often lacking from the process. Indigenous peoples’ experiences with carbon markets also does not inspire hope that the right to free, prior and informed consent will be respected.

The renewable energy sector, therefore, has the obligation and opportunity to help power Africa with a people-centric approach. Indigenous peoples and local communities must also be engaged, which can be achieved in collaboration with strong youth and women’s movements already at the table calling for inclusion and equity.

 

By Joseph Goergen

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Joseph Goergen is an AWEI Research Fellow and International Policy & Public Affairs Specialist at Jamma International. His MSc thesis in Conservation Biology at Michigan State University is evaluating the environmental and governance drivers of income earned by community-based natural resource management economies in Namibia.

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Jamma’s New Office Residents

Jamma International is recruiting for an exciting new role of a legal assistant intern based in Cape Town. If you possess a profound passion for conservation, indigenous rights, and legal research, we invite you to join our dedicated team. By taking on this role, you will play a vital part in supporting our ongoing projects and contributing to our impactful initiatives.

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Episode One Of The Podcast Is Now Out!

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Episode One
Is Now Out!

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We’re back! The Beneath the Baobab Podcast and host, Gordon Buchanan, return to explore the issue of human wildlife conflict. In this second season of the conservation and communities podcast, we will be travelling around southern Africa to meet the communities living alongside wildlife.

For the past 30 years Gordon has immersed himself in the world of documentary filmmaking, capturing narratives of the natural world, wildlife, and the intricate relationships between humans and wild animals. In an era of rapid environmental change, our interactions with certain species have become increasingly complex. Factors such as population growth, habitat loss, climate fluctuations, and policy shifts have led to a convergence of human and wildlife territories, often resulting in profound conflicts.

From simple fear to the devastation of crops and livestock, these conflicts pose not only a threat to livelihoods but also to human lives. However, amidst the turmoil, there exist stories of resilience and remarkable connections with wildlife that transcend the strife. Join us to meet the communities, the families, and the people at the very heart of the matter as we discuss the coexistence challenge Beneath the Baobab.

In our first episode, we journey to the western border of Kruger National Park, a region teeming with biodiversity and home to both iconic wildlife and resilient communities. We'll hear first hand accounts from these communities who are battling to safeguard their livelihoods.

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Our debut episode premiered on March 7th, and subsequent episodes will be released every other week until the season finale. The audio of this series can be found by searching 'Jamma International' on Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform. You can also watch the Full video on YouTube! Each episode will be released.

Joe Goergen and Lesle Jansen from the Jamma Team passionately discuss the sustainable use of wildlife as an Indigenous Peoples’ Rights issue in an article published by Cultural Survival.

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We’re back from filming season 2

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We're back from filming
Season 2

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We are delighted to announce the completion of filming for the second season of Beneath the Baobab Podcast.

The production was divided into two parts, the first segment explored areas in South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana. While the second journeyed through Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Zambia. Our esteemed filming crew included Gordon Buchanan, renowned wildlife filmmaker, and the talented Olly Pemberton. They were accompanied by Katie Mackenzie, the project coordinator at Jamma International.

Throughout the production process, we had the privilege of meeting extraordinary individuals in remote regions of Africa. Their stories offered profound insights into what it means to coexist with wildlife, highlighting the complex relationship between humans and animals. Surprisingly, the attitudes towards wildlife were not as negative as one might expect...

We are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to share these captivating stories with you. For exclusive behind-the-scenes updates and information on episode releases, we encourage you to subscribe to the Jamma newsletter and follow our social media channels. Be the first to experience the remarkable firsthand accounts of individuals in season 2.

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Joe Goergen and Lesle Jansen from the Jamma Team passionately discuss the sustainable use of wildlife as an Indigenous Peoples’ Rights issue in an article published by Cultural Survival.

Cultural Survival Publication

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‘Brain Smart’ Book Now Out!

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'Brain Smart' Book
Now Available

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We are thrilled to share the exciting news that Agneta, our Director of Mental Wellbeing at Jamma, has recently released her debut book titled "Brain Smart."

Agneta's passion is to design life skills programmes to build capacity and resilience in people where everyone, regardless of their financial circumstances, can learn to improve their wellbeing. 

"Brain Smart" delves into the inner workings of the brain, offering invaluable insights and practical strategies to enhance mental wellbeing. Unlike traditional therapy approaches, this book serves as an educational tool, empowering readers to understand how their brain shapes thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. This 'Brain Smart' programme is being used by mental health charities and has become part of some school's curricula. It is also being developed for prisons.

Available on Kindle or as a paperback via Amazon, "Brain Smart" provides straightforward exercises and clear explanations, making it accessible to individuals from all walks of life.

so embark on a journey of self-discovery and mental empowerment with "Brain Smart" today. Your feedback is invaluable to us, so please consider leaving a review after reading!

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Jamma fully agrees with Greenpeace’s mission to promote change that will create a healthier planet for future generations. Last month, we started supporting Greenpeace’s ‘Protect the Oceans’ campaign, which is dedicated to addressing the significant threats facing our oceans, including climate change, overfishing, plastic pollution, and mining.
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Joseph Goergen recently attended the 9th Powering African Summit in Washington DC. Read on to discover his insights and reflections on the conference and it’s pivotal discussions.

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Jamma International Champions Indigenous Peoples' Rights in Conservation

Jamma International is proud announce that a compelling article, "A Call to Champion Sustainable Use of Wildlife as an Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Issue," has been published in the Cultural Survival Magazine, authored by our team members Lesle Jansen and Joe Goergen. This insightful piece explores the resilient legacy of the San and Khoikhoi Peoples in Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa, highlighting their crucial role in advocating for wildlife conservation despite historical difficulties. As a nonprofit organisation, Jamma International supports Indigenous Peoples' rights, echoing the global call for inclusive and respectful conservation practices. The article delves into the successes of Namibia's conservancy program, covering 20% of the country's land and supporting over 230,000 rural people.

Jamma International actively engages in supporting a more equitable and sustainable approach to wildlife conservation. Engage with the full article on the Cultural Survivals Website to delve into the intersection of Indigenous practices and sustainable wildlife conservation.

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‘Tis the season for our Christmas newsletter! Unwrap updates on our partners projects and highlights from the past 6 months.

Jamma’s Christmas Newsletter

Jamma International is proud to work with the Zambian Rainbow Development Foundation (ZRDF) on exciting sustainable agriculture projects around Mkushi, Zambia. During the Central Province Agricultural and Commercial Show in Mkushi, Zambia, ZRDF won first place in the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) category.
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Jamma’s Christmas Newsletter

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Jamma International's
Christmas Newsletter

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Exciting news! Dive into the festive season with our newly released Christmas Newsletter

We are delighted to share the festive spirit with our community through this year's Christmas Newsletter, spotlighting the significant achievements of our partners over the past six months. In a year brimming with meaningful projects, we reveal the highlights, providing insights into updates from organisations such as Elephants Alive and Cape Leopard Trust. Our exploration extends to critical areas, including Human-Wildlife Conflict, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, and CBNRM.  As we approach the conclusion of the year, the entire Jamma team extends heartfelt wishes to our incredible supporters and partners. Your support has played a pivotal role in our journey. We wish you a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. 

We warmly invite you to peruse Jamma’s Christmas Newsletter and stay abreast of our dedicated efforts to raise awareness in these vital spheres.

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Lesle Jansen spoke at the 16th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) in Geneva, advocating for the indigenous people’s fundamental rights to practice their traditional occupations and pursue sustainable use of their resources.

Lesle represents Jamma at the United Nations of Geneva

Jamma is pleased to introduce Lesle, Alison and Theo as our newest team members!
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Beneath the Baobab Podcast Returns

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Beneath the Baobab
Podcast Returns

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The Beneath the Baobab Podcast returns, this time exploring the issue of human-wildlife conflict. Currently, Gordon Buchanan, Katie Mackenzie and Olly Pemberton who will be filming and directing this season's podcast are busy getting ready to travel to remote areas of Southern Africa, to speak with the communities living alongside wildlife.

The success of Season 1 of Beneath the Baobab in 2021 led to a scale up of this year’s Season 2. Our ten episodes will take place in seven countries and be filmed, as well as recorded. The theme of Beneath the Baobab Season 2 is Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC), where we will be exploring the real-life costs of communities living with wildlife and the innovative solutions to mitigate these costs.   

As they embark on this journey, we'll be sharing exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpses and captivating stories on our social media channels. Stay connected with us as we work to produce this insightful podcast, providing a unique perspective on the intricate dynamics of human and wildlife coexistence.

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Joe Goergen and Lesle Jansen from the Jamma Team passionately discuss the sustainable use of wildlife as an Indigenous Peoples’ Rights issue in an article published by Cultural Survival.

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Jamma Legal Assistant Internship: Closed for Application

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Jamma Internship:
Closed for Application

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An exciting internship opportunity has been created to support existing Jamma projects by providing legal assistance and research input.

Jamma and its partners are dedicated to preserving the sustainable use of natural resources and the rights of communities living alongside wildlife. Policies restricting sustainable use are gaining momentum, posing threats to vulnerable communities reliant on these resources. These marginalised communities, already bearing the brunt of climate change, often lack influence in conservation decisions. Jamma is actively working through projects, communication initiatives, and social media efforts to address these challenges and advocate for sustainable, community-focused conservation policies.

This role will suit someone used to working both autonomously and within a small team. They will work closely with the Head of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Resource Rights, the Project Development Manager, the Project Coordinator, and the Director of Conservation and Communities.

It is an office-based position on a one-year fixed contract at £21,000 per annum in Cape Town, South Africa.

The closing date for applications is on the 31st of October 2023. Apply here.

Join us in making a difference. Apply now and be a part of our passionate team dedicated to positive change.

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Jamma International is recruiting for an exciting new role of Communications Intern. This role will undertake the development of Jamma International’s communications and social media strategy.
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Jamma Communications Internship: Closed for Application

Jamma International is recruiting for an exciting new role of a legal assistant intern based in Cape Town. If you possess a profound passion for conservation, indigenous rights, and legal research, we invite you to join our dedicated team. By taking on this role, you will play a vital part in supporting our ongoing projects and contributing to our impactful initiatives.

Jamma Legal Assistant Internship: Closed for Application

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IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi)

IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group

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Formed in 2012, the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi) stands as a global volunteer network established by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It's a joint venture with the Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP).

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The IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi) brings together expertise from the realms of science, policy, and practice. SULi's mission is to confront the pressing challenges posed by the overexploitation of wild species while fostering equitable and resilient models of sustainable use that align with human needs and priorities.

 

Since its formation in 2012, SULi has garnered widespread recognition for its authoritative contributions to critical conservation matters. With a focus on addressing contentious issues such as illegal wildlife trade and hunting, SULi has established itself as an influential and credible voice within the global conservation community.

For nature, for people: building global understanding on sustainable use of wildlife.

SULi's mission acknowledges that the attainment of sustainable use, intricately linked to the wellbeing of local communities, demands insights that extend beyond the conventional boundaries of conservation biology. This encompasses domains such as governance, social sciences, economics, and political ecology. In recognition of this multidimensional perspective, SULi forges connections among an exceptionally diverse spectrum of technical knowledge, spanning these areas and bridging the gaps between science, policy, and practical implementation.

By collaborating with partners at all levels, SULi ensures a comprehensive approach to sustainable use. Drawing upon a wealth of expertise, SULi fosters a holistic understanding of the complex interactions that shape the delicate balance between human needs and ecological preservation.

Greenpeace is a movement of people passionate about achieving their vision of a greener, healthier planet. By lobbying, campaigning, and educating the public, Greenpeace helps enact real change on a global scale. Jamma fully supports the Greenpeace mission to promote change that will create a healthier planet for future generations. Our funding is supporting Greenpeace’s ‘Protect the Oceans’ campaign, which is dedicated to addressing the significant threats facing our oceans, including climate change, overfishing, plastic pollution, and mining.
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Khomani San School Receives Certification

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Khomani San School
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Khomani San School Receive Certification

We're excited to announce some incredible news. The school has reached a significant milestone by obtaining official government certification as an independent educational institution. This achievement marks a huge stride forward for the Khomani San community.

The Khomani San are one of the last remaining groups of the indigenous San people of South Africa, and the Khomani San school is a project that holds a special place in Jamma's heart. This Indigenous-led school boasts a curriculum deeply inspired by its roots, showcasing the rich heritage of the Khomani San people. The children at the school are not only learning subjects, but also their ancestral indigenous language, providing them with life skills and cultural dignity.

We are proud to be part of this journey, supporting the community in their quest for educational opportunities and fostering a brighter future for their children.

“We aim to provide an accessible, culturally sensitive primary school education to the Khomani San children. By integrating an up to date curriculum with traditional knowledge, we help to uplift the community by empowering future generations.” - Claire Barry, Khomani San School Programme

Jamma is pleased to introduce Lesle, Alison and Theo as our newest team members!
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Joseph Goergen recently attended the 9th Powering African Summit in Washington DC. Read on to discover his insights and reflections on the conference and it’s pivotal discussions.

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