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The Catalogue for Local Sustainable Solutions for East Africa is a collection of most successful local sustainable solutions available in East Africa for addressing challenges related to energy poverty (for cooking and lighting), water scarcity, transportation and food insecurity.

The International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE) Network Partners organized a side event at the UN Climate Change Conference COP 26, hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy that took place on November 5, at the Loch Lomond auditorium in the Scottish Event Campus. The Event was titled ‘Local Climate Solutions & Eco-Village Development, 100% RE in NDCs, East Africa, South Asia, and Europe’ had presentations from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Europe, UK, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Srilanka.

Civil Society Organizations under the umbrella of the International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE East Africa) coordinated by SusWatch Kenya, TaTEDO - Centre for Sustainable Energy Services, Tanzania, and Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development shared their joint position ahead of the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), due to take place in November 2021, in Glasgow, UK

In Tanzania, preparations for the 2021 Global Climate Talks (COP26), have already taken place through a series of meetings organized by different stakeholders including civil society and Government.

The East African Community (EAC) Secretary General, Hon. (Dr.) Peter Mathuki held a virtual discussion on his 100 days in office (he assumed on 27th April, 202)1, and his priorities for the region for the next 5 years. He touched on a number of socio-economic and political issues affecting the region.

INFORSE Partners highlight Local Climate and Energy Solutions from East Africa and South Asia at the UN HLPF 2021 THE EAST AFRICAN SUSWATCH E-BULLETIN JULY 2021

Health centers need Low cost reliable renewable energy access to power equipment. Photo: JEEP The high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) is the
core United Nations platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs.

On June 22, 2021, INFORSE Network and Grameen Shakti (Bangladesh) in cooperation with INFORSE Regional and National Coordinators in East Africa, South Asia, and Europe organised a virtual side event during the High Level Dialogue on Energy (June 21 – 25, 2021) to mobilize actions as a major milestone on the road to the High-level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE) in September 2021.

The energy sector in Kenya is largely dominated by biomass (68% of the national energy consumption), electricity (9%) and imported petroleum (21%), with biomass (wood fuel, charcoal, and agricultural waste) providing the basic cooking and heating energy needs of the rural communities, urban poor and the informal sector.

Earth Day 2021 was commemorated in April 22, 2021 under the theme: ’Restore the Earth’. According to EarthDay.org, Climate change and other environmental degradations have broken our natural systems, leading to new and fatal diseases as well as a breakdown of the global economy. But just as climate change and coronavirus painfully remind us of the harm wehave caused, Restore Our Earth reminds us of the opportunities that lay ahead.

Food waste reduction offers multi-faceted wins for people and planet, improving food security, addressing climate change, saving money and reducing pressures on land, water, biodiversity and waste management systems. Yet this potential has until now been woefully under-exploited. According to the UN, once the scale of food waste is known, it will be easier to come up with potential solutions, such as turning waste into animal feed or fertilizer.

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