POSTULEZ POUR LE PRIX Acteur du Nouveau Pacte pour la Nature et les Personnes pour l’année 2022 16 Septembre 2022

  • Contexte

Le réchauffement climatique est profondément injuste : les pauvres des communautés à faible revenu souffrent déjà le plus du réchauffement climatique. Ces dernières années, des dizaines de millions de personnes ont été chassées de chez elles par le changement climatique, entraînant plus de réfugiés que des conflits et de violence combinée. Nous pouvons arrêter cela ; nous pouvons stabiliser le climat et, ce faisant, créer des emplois et des opportunités pour tous dans une nouvelle économie verte.

L’incapacité à lutter contre le déclin de la nature augmentera les risques liés à la nature (désertification, pollution, érosion, surexploitation des ressources naturelles telles que la forêt et l’eau), entravera la prospérité et le développement économique, perturbera davantage les chaînes d’approvisionnement, menacera la sécurité alimentaire mondiale et coûtera à l’économie mondiale au moins 479 milliards de dollars par an – soit 10 000 milliards de dollars d’ici 2050. Relever les défis susmentionnés nécessite l’implication de toutes les couches de la société, y compris les jeunes et les femmes.

Plusieurs jeunes, femmes et hommes sont engagés pour arrêter et inverser la perte catastrophique de biodiversité, assurer la bonne gouvernance, les droits de l’homme, la consolidation de la paix et mettre la nature sur la voie du rétablissement pour les générations présentes et futures. Afin de contribuer à leur reconnaissance et leur donner plus de plateformes de visibilité, le réseau Africain des Jeunes Leaders pour la Paix et le Développement Durable lance le Prix pour l’Acteur du Nouveau Pacte pour la Nature et les Personnes de l’année 2022.  Leur histoire doit être connue et entendue par le monde en afin d’inspirer la prochaine génération.

Nous encourageons tous ceux qui travaillent dans les domaines des objectifs de développement durable en général et en particulier sur des sujets tels que (1) le climat, la communication sur la biodiversité, (2) les artistes, les cinéastes et le changement climatique ; (3) Religion, biodiversité et changement climatique ; (3) Emplois verts et technologies vertes ; (3) Carburant, gaz, exploitation minière; (4) Réduire, Réutiliser, Recycler pour la nature et le climat ; (5) Réduire les déchets et nettoyer ; (6) restauration des écosystèmes ; (7) Reboisement, protection des mangroves et des forêts ; (8) Énergie renouvelable et durable ; (9) Tourisme pour la nature et le climat ; (10) Énergie, pétrole et gaz pour la nature : défendre/plaider pour les énergies renouvelables et propres, les cordes vertes ; (11) Aquaculture; (12) Solutions basées sur la nature et la régénération ; (13) Biodiversité et Conservation des Forêts ; (14) Adaptation basée sur les écosystèmes pour la sécurité alimentaire ; (15) Agriculture intelligente face au climat et agriculture régénérative ; (16) protection et gestion des écosystèmes côtiers et aquatiques, tels que les mangroves et les herbiers marins ; (17) Eau, hygiène, assainissement et santé ; (18) Solutions fondées sur la nature pour restaurer, régénérer et entretenir les bassins versants ; (19) Océan, restauration des zones humides et approvisionnement en eau ; (20) Environnement et infrastructures ; (21) Pertes et dommages ; (22) Intelligence numérique et artificielle pour la nature et le climat ; (22) droit de l’environnement et du développement durable ; (23) Paix, climat et migration ; (24) Enfants, consolidation de la paix et sauvegarde des écosystèmes ; (25) Contributions déterminées au niveau national (CDN) et ; (24) Autres secteurs d’objectifs de développement durable.

  • Les catégories de l’Award

L’AWARD de l’Acteur du Nouveau Pacte pour la Nature et les Personnes est décerné à une personne dans chacune des catégories ci-dessous, pour son engagement et son travail soutenu pour la nature, pour le climat et les objectifs de développement durable. Les catégories en lisse sont :

  • Société civile (Activiste, membre d’une association ou d’un groupe, Expert…)
  • Recherche (Chercheur (e), travaux et articles scientifiques…)
  • Entreprenariat Vert (Solution basée sur la nature, Startup/entreprise…)
  • Elu local (Maires, Députés….)
  • Critères de sélection

Le prix honore les acteurs qui ont apporté une contribution substantielle à la poursuite de la paix et du développement durable dans sa communauté, sa région ou son continent. Le récipiendaire du prix annuel est choisi avec l’aide du comité du New Deal for Nature and People Award composé d’experts de la société civile, de chercheurs et de responsables gouvernementaux.

Le rôle principal du Comité est d’aider à sélectionner les finalistes et le lauréat du New Deal for Nature and People Actor of the Year. Les candidats doivent démontrer les quatre qualités suivantes :

  • Engagement : Un acteur qui œuvre pour prévenir ou résoudre des problèmes urgents au niveau local, national ou international.
  • Leadership exceptionnel : Un acteur avec une vision, qui incarne l’innovation dans ses actions et qui a gagné le respect de la communauté.
  • Praticien d’exception : acteur qui mobilise les acteurs pour la nature, le climat et les hommes au niveau local, national ou international.
  • Impact substantiel : Un acteur dont le travail a conduit à des résultats tangibles.
  • Exigences

Chaque candidat doit satisfaire aux cinq exigences énumérées ci-dessous afin d’avancer dans le processus de candidature.

  • N’importe qui peut proposer sa propre candidature ou celle d’une autre personne pour ce prix.
  • Le candidat doit être un militant âgé d’au moins 18 ans.
  • Le candidat est appelé à dûment remplir le formulaire google, en fournissant le plus de justificatifs possibles et en joignant son document « Mon engagement pour la Nature, le Climat et les Personnes »
  • Le candidat ne doit pas être employé par ANYL4PSD ou un récipiendaire des prix ND4NP précédents.

Chaque candidat est invité à préparer un document intitulé « Mon Engagement pour la Nature, le Climat et les Personnes » contenant les réponses aux questions suivantes.

(a) Quel est votre nom et votre pays d’origine ? (b) Quel(s) est/sont le(s) problème(s) que vous avez abordé ? Comment le ou les problèmes ont-ils affecté les droits de l’homme, votre communauté et l’environnement ? Pourquoi vous êtes-vous engagé à résoudre/traiter ce(s) problème(s) ? (c) Quel(s) objectif(s) vous êtes-vous fixé pour aider à résoudre/traiter ce(s) problème(s) ? (d) Qui étaient la ou les cibles et les bénéficiaires de vos actions ? (e) Quelles sont les actions spécifiques que vous avez menées pour résoudre/traiter ce(s) problème(s) ? (f) Quels en ont été les résultats et ou les changements positifs occasionnés par vos actions (s’il vous plaît insérer les chiffres si possible) (g) Pouvez-vous parler des difficultés que vous avez rencontrées lors de la mise en œuvre de vos actions ? (h) Quelles solutions avez-vous développées pour surmonter chacune des difficultés que vous avez rencontrées ? (i) Quels acteurs vous ont aidé à résoudre ces difficultés et comment ? (J) Quelles leçons avez-vous tirées de la mise en œuvre de vos Actions ? (k) Quelles actions souhaitez-vous entreprendre à l’avenir ? (k) Quelles recommandations pouvez-vous formuler à l’égard des parties prenantes au niveau local, national, régional et international par rapport à ce(s) problème(s) que vous vous êtes engagé à résoudre ? (l) Pouvez-vous insérer des photos et/ou des liens utiles liés à vos actions pour soutenir votre candidature ? (m) Veuillez fournir votre nom complet, votre pays de résidence, votre numéro de téléphone avec l’indicatif du pays et votre e-mail.

Merci de joindre le document “Mon Engagement pour la Nature, le climat et les personnes” lorsque vous remplirez le formulaire Google (dans la section requise).

Pour participer, merci de bien vouloir remplir le formulaire ici : https://forms.gle/RrdXZzAREorYDjLHA

Date limite : 16 septembre 2022

Les résultats seront publiés en Novembre 2022

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  • FAQ sur les Questions fréquemment posées

Qu’est-ce que le New Deal pour la nature et les hommes ?

Dans le cadre de la Décennie des Nations Unies pour la restauration des écosystèmes, le Nouveau Pacte pour la Nature et les Personnes est un mouvement mondial qui cherche à protéger et à restaurer la nature au profit des personnes et de la planète – en proposant de ne plus perdre d’espaces naturels ou d’extinctions et de réduire de moitié les impacts écologiques négatifs. Il promeut le renforcement des mécanismes de mise en œuvre de la Convention des Nations Unies sur la biodiversité, parallèlement à une implication renforcée du secteur privé dans l’action climatique et pour la nature – des efforts pour mettre en œuvre les accords actuels des Nations Unies sur la lutte contre le changement climatique et la promotion du développement durable – étant donné que le sort du climat, le développement humain et la nature sont liés ensemble.

Quels sont les avantages liés à l’Award ?

  • Une promotion en ligne des gagnants sera faite ;
  • Les gagnants seront présentés dans une édition spéciale du New deal pour Nature and People Magazine
  • ANYL4PSD et ses partenaires accorderont aux gagnants la possibilité de présenter leurs travaux sur diverses plateformes
  • Les gagnants seront invités à prendre la parole en tant qu’invités spéciaux lors de plusieurs événements.

Qui peut soumettre des candidatures ?

Toute personne peut nommer une personne qui répond aux critères. Ceux qui nominent doivent être familiarisés avec le travail du candidat et être en mesure de parler spécifiquement de la manière dont le candidat répond aux critères de sélection. Toute personne qui répond aux critères peut également se nominer elle-même. 

Puis-je proposer plus d’une personne ?

Non. Les proposants ne peuvent pas désigner plus d’une personne.

L’acteur que je propose a-t-il besoin de savoir que je l’ai proposé ?

Oui. Les nominations doivent être remplies en consultation avec le candidat.

Plusieurs personnes peuvent-elles proposer la même personne ?

Non. Une seule candidature sera acceptée pour chaque militant. Si plus d’une candidature est reçue pour un candidat, la première candidature soumise sera considérée pour le prix.

Puis-je me proposer moi-même pour le prix ?

Oui. Les auto-nominations sont acceptées.

Qu’advient-il d’une candidature si le candidat ne satisfait pas aux critères d’admissibilité pour le prix ?

Toutes les candidatures sont examinées pour s’assurer que le candidat satisfait aux critères d’admissibilité. Si un candidat ne satisfait pas aux critères d’admissibilité, la candidature ne sera pas acceptée.

Si le candidat n’est pas choisi comme finaliste pour le prix ND4NP, est-il éligible pour postuler à une autre opportunité de bourse ou de bourse ANYL4PSD ?

Oui. Un candidat peut postuler pour une bourse ou une opportunité de bourse ANYL4PSD.

Qui dois-je contacter si j’ai des questions supplémentaires sur le prix ?

Veuillez nous contacter via le numéro WhatsApp +237657991622

APPLY FOR THE AWARD New Deal for Nature and People Actor of the Year By 16 September 2022

  • Context

Global warming is deeply unfair: poor people in low-income communities are already suffering the most from global warming. Last years, tens of millions of people were forced from their homes by climate change, resulting in more refugees than conflict and violence combined. We can stop this; we can stabilize the climate and in doing so create jobs and opportunities for all in a new green economy.

Failure to tackle nature’s decline will increase nature-related risk (desertification, pollution, erosion, overexploitation of natural resources such as forest and water), hamper prosperity and economic development, further disrupt supply chains, threaten global food security, and cost the global economy at least $479 billion a year – amounting to $10 trillion by 2050.  Addressing the aforementioned challenges requires the involvement of all the layers of the society including young people and women.

Several young people, women and men are engaged to stop and reverse the catastrophic loss of biodiversity, ensure good governance, human rights, peacebuilding and put nature on the path recovery for present and future generations. In order to contribute to their recognition and give them more platforms of visibility, African network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development launches the New Deal for Nature and People Actor of the Year 2022.  Their story must be known and heard by the world in order to inspire the next generation.

We do encourage all those that are working in sustainable development goals areas in general and particularly in topics such as (1) Climate, biodiversity Communication, (2) Artists, Film-Makers and Climate Change; (3) Religion, biodiversity and Climate Change; (3) Green Jobs and Green Tech; (3) Fuel, gas, mineral exploitation; (4) Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle for nature and climate; (5) Reducing Waste & cleaning up; (6) ecosystem restoration; (7) Afforestation, mangrove and forest protection; (8) Renewable and sustainable Energy; (9) Tourism for nature and climate; (10) Energy, Oil and gas for nature: Championing/advocating for renewable and clean energy,  green strings; (11) Aquaculture; (12) Nature and regenerative based Solutions; (13) Biodiversity and Forest Conservation; (14) Ecosystems based adaptation for Food Security; (15) Climate Smart Agriculture and regenerative Agriculture; (16) protection and management of coastal and water-based ecosystems, such as mangroves and seagrass; (17) Water, hygiene, sanitation and health; (18) Nature-based Solutions to restore, regenerate and sustain watersheds; (19) Ocean, wetland restoration and water provisioning; (20) Environment and infrastructure; (21) Loss and damage; (22) Digital and artificial intelligence for nature and climate; (22) environmental and sustainability law; (23) Peace, climate and migration; (24) Children, peacebuilding and ecosystem safegard; (25) Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and; (24) Other sustainable Development goals sectors.

  • Cathegories of the Award

The New Deal for Nature and People Actor of the year is an award that is granted to one person in each of the below categories, for his/her commitment and tireless work for nature, for climate and sustainable development goals.  The Award is made up of 4 categories:

  • Civil society (activist, member of an organization or a group, Expert…)
  • Research (Researcher, scientific works, scientific articles….)
  • Green Entrepreneurship (Nature Based solutions, Startup, business…)
  • Local elected (Mayors, parliamentarians…)
  • Selection Criteria

The award honours actors who made a substantial contribution to the pursuit of peace and sustainable development in his /her community, region or continent. The annual award recipient is chosen with the help of the New Deal for Nature and People Award committee made up of experts from civil society, researchers, government officials. The Committee’s core role is to help select the finalists and the awardee of the New Deal for Nature and People Actor of the Year.

Nominees should demonstrate the following four qualities:

  • Commitment: An actor who works to prevent or resolve pressing issues at local, national or international level.
  • Exceptional Leadership: An actor with a vision, who embodies innovation in his/her actions and has earned the respect of community.
  • Outstanding Practitioner: An actor who mobilises stakeholders for nature, climate and people at local, national or international level.
  • Substantial Impact: An actor whose work has led to tangible results. 

Requirements

Every nominee must meet all of the five requirements listed below in order to move forward in the nomination application process.

  • Anyone can nominate him/herself or another person for this award.
  • The nominee must be an activist of at least 18 years of age.
  • The nominee is called to duly fill out the google form, by providing as much as possible proofs and attaching his/her document “My Commitment for Nature, Climate and People”  
  • The nominee should not be employed by ANYL4PSD or a recipient of previous ND4NP Awards.

Each candidate is invited to prepare a document titled “My Commitment for Nature, Climate and People” containing the answers to the following questions.

(a) What is your name and your country of origin?  (b) What is/are the problem(s) you have adressed? How did the issue(s) affect(ed) human rights, your community and the environment? Why did you commit to solving/adressing this/these problem(s)? (c) What goal(s) did you set to help solve/adress this/these problem(s)? (d) Who were the target(s) and the beneficiaries of your Actions? (e) What are the specific actions you have carried out to solve/adress this/these problem(s) ? (f) What results and positive changes have you achieved so far through your actions (please insert figures if possible)? (g) Can you talk about the difficulties you have encountered during the implementation of your actions? (h) What solutions have you developed to overcome each of the difficulties you have encountered? (i) Which actors helped you to solve these difficulties and how? (J) Which lessons have you learned from the implementation of your Actions? (k) Which actions do you wish to undertake in the future? (k) Which recommendations can you formulate towards local, national, regional and international stakeholders regarding this/these problem(s) you have been committed to solve? (l) Can you insert photos and/or useful links related to your actions to support your candidacy? (m) Kindly provide your full name, your country of residence, your phone number with country code and your email.  

You will attach the document “My Commitment for Nature, Climate and People” when filling out in the google form (at the required section).

To participate, kindly fill out this Google form: https://forms.gle/RrdXZzAREorYDjLHA

Dateline for submission: 16 September 2022

Results will be disclosed by November 2022  

We will be grateful if you can spread the word in your various networks, platforms and social media.  Should you have any question, do not hesitate to contact us in-box at the WhatsApp number +237 657991622.

  • Frequently Asked Question FAQs

What is the New Deal for Nature and People?

In the UN Decade for Ecosystem restoration the New Deal for Nature and People is a global movement that seeks to protect and restore nature for the benefit of people and planet – proposing no more loss of natural spaces or extinctions as well as halving the negative ecological impacts of production and consumption. It champions strengthened commitments and delivery mechanisms for the UN Biodiversity Convention alongside a strengthened private-sector commitment to action – and efforts to deliver current UN agreements on tackling climate change and encouraging sustainable development – the fate of the climate, human development and nature are linked together.

What are the benefits tied to the Award?

  • An online promotion of the winners will be made;
  • The Winners will be showcased in a Special Edition of the New deal for Nature and People Magazine
  • ANYL4PSD and partners will grant to the Winners opportunities to showcase their works in various platforms
  • The Winners will be invited to speak as special guests in several events.

Who can submit nominations?

Both men and women can act as nominators. Nominators should be familiar with the nominee’s work and be able to speak specifically to ways in which the nominee meets the selection criteria. Self-nomination is accepted.

Can I nominate more than one person?

No. Nominators may not nominate more than one person.

Does the activist I am nominating need to know I have nominated him/her?

Yes. Nomination applications should be completed in consultation with the nominee. Nominators

Can more than one person nominate the same individual?

No. Only one nomination application will be accepted for each activist. If more than one nomination is received for a nominee, the first nomination submitted will be considered for the award.

Can I nominate myself for the award?

Yes. Self-nominations are accepted.

What happens to a nomination application if the nominee does not meet the Eligibility Requirements for the award?

All nomination applications are reviewed to ensure that the nominee meets the Eligibility Requirements. If a nominee does not meet the Eligibility Requirements, the nomination application will not be accepted.

If the nominee is not chosen as a Finalist for the ND4NP Award, is He/she eligible to apply for another ANYL4PSD grant or fellowship opportunity?

Yes. A nominee may apply for ANYL4PSD grant or fellowship opportunity.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions about the award?

Kindly contact us via the WhatsApp number +237657991622

Niger – Mécanisme de Réponse Rapide (RRM)

Aperçu des résultats des évaluations rapides multisectorielles effectuées par le RRM entre les mois de novembre 2020 et janvier 2021

La réponse humanitaire au Niger est rendue plus difficile de par la crise sécuritaire liée à l’instabilité croissante dans les pays frontaliers. Cette situation a entrainé l’afflux de milliers de réfugiés (nigérians, maliens et burkinabés) et de personnes déplacées internes (PDI) qui exercent une pression supplémentaire sur les ressources et les infrastructures sociocommunautaires de base dans les régions de Diffa, Tillabéri, Tahoua et Maradi. La population exposée à l’insécurité alimentaire est estimée à deux millions d’habitants pour l’année 2021. Pour dresser un état des lieux des besoins humanitaires dans les plus brefs délais, les membres du Consortium RRM conduisent des évaluations multisectorielles (MSA) d’urgence et des évaluations rapides de protection (ERP), auprès des personnes déplacées à la suite d’un choc (mouvements de population suite à un conflit armé principalement, catastrophes naturelles, incendies). Dans le cadre d’un partage trimestriel, cette fiche d’information vise à comparer les besoins humanitaires et les vulnérabilités des populations déplacées dans les sites enquêtés lors des MSA afin de voir l’évolution des déplacements/interventions ainsi que les besoins humanitaires encore non couverts. Les informations présentées ici sont issues de l’analyse des rapports MSA et de la matrice de suivi des interventions entre les mois de novembre 2020 et de janvier 2021.

La situation sécuritaire au Niger reste encore très volatile. En effet, sur la période du 1er novembre 2020 au 31 janvier 2021, 154 incidents sécuritaires ont été enregistrés au Niger et les régions de Diffa et de Tillabéri sont les plus touchées par ces incidents selon les données de The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED)3. En plus, l’analyse diachronique des incidents sécuritaires entre les mois de novembre 2019 et janvier 2021 nous indique 110 incidents. Ce qui montre clairement que la situation sécuritaire en 2020 au Niger est davantage volatile. Ces incidents sécuritaires sont essentiellement des attaques perpétrées à l’encontre de la population civile, des affrontements armés et des pillages, le banditisme transfrontalier ainsi que des destructions de biens.

Download the PDF Document to read the full report.

Afrique de l’Ouest : Gestion des migrations en Côte d’Ivoire et au Niger

En 2019, l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM) a recensé 8,4 millions de migrants en Afrique de l’Ouest. Moins de 10 % d’entre eux se rendent en Europe. Contrairement aux idées reçues, l’essentiel des migrations est donc sud-sud, voire intra régional : 84 % des migrants ouest-africains se dirigent vers un autre pays de la sous-région. Les flux migratoires dans la sous-région sont dominés par des mouvements partant des États enclavés du Sahel vers les pays du littoral. Le profil migratoire de chaque pays est cependant différent : la Côte d’Ivoire et le Nigeria, deux États côtiers, accueillent le plus de migrants, avec respectivement 2,6 et 1,3 millions de Maliens, Sénégalais, Burkinabés et Guinéens. Le Mali et le Burkina Faso, pays enclavés, sont quant à eux d’importantes terres d’émigration. Près de 10 % de la population burkinabè et 7,6 % des Maliens vivent en dehors de leur pays d’origine. Enfin, d’autres États servent de zone de transit. C’est le cas du Niger, devenu un important pivot pour les migrants souhaitant gagner la Libye, l’Algérie ou l’Europe. Le Sénégal, quant à lui, est à la fois une source importante d’immigrants, d’émigrants et un point de transit. Il existe également des corridors migratoires entre certains États comme l’illustre le cas des migrants burkinabè qui privilégient l’émigration vers la Côte d’Ivoire. Considérant que la majorité des flux migratoires s’opère au niveau sous-régional, l’objectif de cet éclairage est de comprendre la manière dont les pays ouest-africains abordent la question des migrations sur leur territoire. Nous commencerons d’abord par évoquer les principales causes des migrations au sein du sous-continent africain. Ensuite, nous analyserons l’approche adoptée et les mesures mises en place par l’organisation sous régionale ouest-africaine, la Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO). Enfin, nous nous pencherons sur les politiques d’accueil et de contrôle des migrations développées par la Côte d’Ivoire, à la fois pays d’accueil et d’émigration, et le Niger, pays « de transit ».

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Overview of Serious and Organised crime in West Africa

Transnational organized crime in West Africa is a persistent threat. As a result, INTERPOL, under the European Union funded ENACT Project, has sought to catalogue and assess organized crime in the region in order to drive a more strategic law enforcement response.

International criminal organizations continue to target the region especially because of the significant illicit wealth that can be generated, stemming from criminal market opportunities that exploit various social and political vulnerabilities, state fragility, limited policing capacities, and corruption.
International criminal organizations or networks operate everywhere in the region via key facilitators and bring together a significant array of crime syndicates that provide illicit goods and services everywhere.

Crime syndicates remain highly connected across borders and are active in a number of illicit markets, notably drug trafficking, financial crimes, human trafficking, people smuggling, counterfeit goods, organized theft and robbery, environmental crimes, and maritime piracy. In addition, there are a number of enabling crimes such as cybercrime, and the trade in small arms and light weapons that are supporting organized criminality throughout the region, which overlap with all illicit markets noted in complex ways.

Organized crime in the region generates huge profits for all involved and there are substantial illicit interregional financial flows and illicit profits heading offshore, plus money laundering occurring on a global scale. The threat from organized crime in West Africa is substantial yet there is limited capacity amongst law enforcement to manage this complex issue. Organized crime is going underreported and undetected, but various data sources reveal the following major activities and dynamics of groups and networks active in the region, which need to be addressed strategically and through building greater partnerships amongst all law enforcement agencies in the region.

Download the PDF Document to read the full report.

Overview of Organized crime in Africa

International criminal organizations continue to target Africa because of the significant illicit wealth that can be generated, stemming from criminal market opportunities that exploit various social and political vulnerabilities, state fragility, and limited policing capacities present on the continent. International criminal organizations or networks operate everywhere in Africa via key facilitators and bring together a significant array of crime syndicates and street gangs that provide illicit goods and services.


Crime syndicates remain highly connected across borders and are active in a number of illicit markets, notably drug trafficking, human trafficking and people smuggling, environmental crimes, financial crimes, counterfeited goods, works of art trafficking, stolen motor vehicles trafficking and maritime piracy. In addition, there are enabling crimes such as cybercrime, and the trade in small arms and light weapons that are supporting organized criminality throughout the continent which overlap with all of the illicit markets noted in complex ways. Organized crime in Africa generates huge profits for all involved, and there are substantial illicit interregional financial flows and illicit profits moving throughout the continent and often heading offshore. Money laundering relating to all criminal market activities is occurring on a global scale.


The threat from organized crime in Africa is substantial, yet there is limited capacity amongst law enforcement to manage this complex issue at a national, regional and continental level. Organized crime is going under-reported and undetected, but various data sources reveal the following major activities and dynamics of groups and networks, which need to be addressed strategically, through building greater partnerships amongst all law enforcement agencies everywhere on the continent.

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Impact of Climate Change on Major Staple Food Crops and Farmers’ Adaptation Strategies in Atacora.

  1. INTRODUCTION

Agriculture is the biggest single industry in many developing countries of the world. Benin is a West African country in which agriculture plays an important economic role. The agricultural sector employs about 70% of the population and contributes to 39% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (Awoye, 2015) of Benin. It also provides about 88% of the country’s export earnings (Awoye, 2015). The lack of modern farming technologies, poor soil, land degradation, and the rapid population growth constitute the challenges that Benin agriculture is facing. In Benin, the farmers rely highly on the rain-fed agriculture for crop productions. The high dependence on rain-fed agriculture combined with low socioeconomic development expose subsistence agriculture farmers to external shocks such as climate variability and climate change impacts. Empirical evidence reveals that the increasing of global temperature is likely to boost agricultural production in the temperate region, and it is expected to reduce yields in the tropical regions of the world (WTO –UNEP, 2009). Studies conducted by Afouda (1990), Houndénou (1999), Ogouwalé (2006)and Boko (1988) cited by Tidjani (2012) , revealed that there is increasing of minimum temperature and agricultural season length is shortening in Benin. Some regional climate models predict a decrease of annual rainfall up to 30% by 2050 in Benin with a significant within- region differences (Paeth et al., 2008). This change will decrease yield production already challenged by limited access to capital, markets, infrastructure and technology. Benin has already experienced food insecurity and climate change will exacerbate it through the increase in frequency of adverse weather events. The Northwest part of Benin (Atacora) is characterized by a unimodal rainfall regime (peak in August). This means the district is more heavily exposed to the impact of climate change. A well-known study in this respect is the one carried out on farmers’ perception and impact of climate change on production and yam varietal diversity in Northwest of Benin (Loko et al., 2013). Fewresearch works have been conducted in that on the impacts of climate change on the major staple food crops and farmers’ adaptation strategies to this change in the district. This present study examines the impact of climate change on major staple food crops (yam, maize, sorghum, and rice and bean productions) and farmers’ adaptation strategies to this change in Atacora. The section 2 explaines the methodogy used to achieve the goal of this study. The section 3 shows the results of the analysis.

  1. MATERIALS and METHODS

The study area is the Atacora, located in northwest Benin, it counts nine communes, which are: Natitingou, Kérou, Kouandé, Péhunco, Cobly, Boukoumbé, Matéri, Toucountouna, and Tanguiéta. It shares borders with the Republic of Burkina-Faso in the North, a Donga district in the South, Alibori and Borgou district in the East and Republic of Togo to the West (Figure 1). This district is characterized by a unimodalrainfall distribution (peak in August). The rainfall is unpredictable and irregular with an average between 800 and 950 mm per year (Dansi, Adoukonou-sagbadja, &Vodouhe, 2010). The wet season starts from late mid-June to late October while April-May is the dry season. The landscape in this region is composed of Rocky Mountains, with tropical ferruginous soils and wetland (Dansi et al., 2010). The territory of Atacora consists of 772,262 inhabitants unequally distributed in 384 villages (RGPH-4, 2013). The mean population density is 38 inhabitants/km2 (RGPH-4, 2013). The district is inhabited by seven ethnic groups Bariba, Berba, Ditamari, Lamba, Natimba, Wama and Bialli (Dansi and al., 2010). The main livelihood of the population is farming.

For this study, five communes (Boukoumbe, Cobly, Kérou, Matéri, and Toucontouna) have been selected based on the ethnolinguistic map of Benin and the agricultural potential of each commune. Two villages were chosen per commune. An exploratory survey was conducted to identify the two villages retained for this study. Within each village the interviews were conducted to identify the major staple food crops grown and communities’ adaptive measures developed to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change in the five communes. The temperature (°C), and rainfall (mm) data from 1986 to 2016 was obtained from the National Meteorological Service of Benin while data on major staple food crops for 1986 to 2016 was collected from CARDER (Centre d’Action Régional de Dévelopement Rural) and INSAE (Institut National de Statistique et de l’Analyse Economique). The total annual crop productions of five communes for each major staple food crops grown were obtained by calculating the sum of each crop production of five communes. The rainfall and temperature anomalies were calculated for all the years from the use of the long-term mean, yearly mean and the standard deviation using equation below:

φ = x- x ̅ / σ

Where φrepresents the anomaly value of rainfall and temperature, x is the actual value of each parameter (temperature and rainfall), x ̅ is the long term mean value of each parameter (temperature and rainfall), σ is the standard deviation.

For each major staple food crops the multiple linear regressions model were realized to see their associations with temperature and rainfall. A statistical test was performed using the Software R software. Also, the Excel spreadsheet was used to design the figures.

The model is specified asWhere, Y represents yam, maize, bean, sorghum and rice outputs at time I, x Temperature 1, x Rainfalls 1,μ Stochastic term β β and β = constants

Figure 1. Map of Atacora District

  1. RESULTS

3.1. Climatic condition in Atacora

Observed rainfall and temperature trends

Figure 2.Standardized anomalies of rainfall and temperature in Atacora

The analysis of figure 2 shows the variations trends of temperature and rainfall distribution in Atacora from 1986-2016. Between 1986 to 1997, the temperature trend have been fluctuating and decreasing with values ranging from -1.85 to -0.35°C while a positive trend of temperature was observed from 1998 to 2016. For the precipitation, the positive trend was recorded over the period 1986 to 2004 and the reverse in trend was observed 2004 to 2016.

3.2. Farmers’ strategies for adaptation to climate change in ATACORA

Farmers have adopted different strategies to adapt to climate change and climate variability. Farming is the main occupation for the majority of the sample households. Based on the household survey data collected from 422 households, the farmers reported that they are using different adaptation strategies to reduce the negative impact of climate change. Thirteen (3.08%) farmers use agroforestry (nere’, Shea, tree species), sixty-five farmers shift their cropping calendars (15.4%), fifty-nine farmers (13.98%) exploit the shallows for their crop production, fifty-five farmers use mixed cropping(13.03%), seventy-five farmers apply chemical fertilizers and pesticides (17.78%), hundred-five farmers adopt short season crop with high yield (24.89%), thirty-eight farmers use agricultural expansion (9%), and twelve farmers (2.84%) breed animals to compensate crop failure due to climate variability (Figure 3). The strategy used by each farmers, has a specific purpose, although the ultimate and common goal is adaptation to climate change. Some farmers who practice agro-forestry (integrate trees and crops) had a deep knowledge of the benefits of such practice: preventing soil erosion, reducing losses of water, availability of organic matter and nutrients, reducing the amount of agricultural insect pests and associated diseases etc. The mixed cropping frequently mentioned by farmers was: maize–sorghum, sorghum-millet, maize–groundnut, maize–bean, maize–millet–sorghum, and maize -cassava. It should also be noted that farmers associate these practices with a concern for preserving food and nutritional security of the household. Farmers are seeking to increase the chances of guaranteeing a minimum of products after harvesting. “If one fails, the other can succeed,” said the respondents. Farmers used short season crop with high yield, and shallows as an adaptation strategy to reduce the adverse effect of climate change. They also used chemical fertilizers to increase crop productivity and pesticides to control pests and diseases. In addition, some farmers have adopted small ruminant and poultry farming to diversify their sources of income.

Figure 3.

Farmers’ strategies for adaptation to climate change

3.3. Agricultural productions in Atacora

Yield of major staple food crops in Atacora

Figure 4 shows the evolution of yield of the main agricultural commodities over the thirty years. The figure shows that yam, rice and maize have dominated the increases in production over time. The yield increases for sorghum and the produced beanhas been slow as compared to the yam, rice and maize production. This has happened as a result of the strategy adaptation adopted by the farmers to cope with the negative impacts of climate variation. As strategy, the farmers reducing crop area of long crop seasons (sorghum) and increasing cultivated land of short season crop with high yield (maize and rice). Bean areas have not increased because of theincreasing pests and diseases for this crop. Yam production has increased mostly as a result of area expansion. Despite the fact that there is no introduction of new breeds of yam-seedlings, the cultivated land of this culture is expanded as the main means to maintain the level of yam production because of the important role that this crop plays in cultural practices. This is a reflection of the lack of support for agricultural production of yam, bean and sorghum, the lack of inputs and services to support the intensification of these crops production systems.

Figure 4.Yield of major staple food crops in Atacora over thirty years

  • Relationship between climate variables and crop yields

Several recent studies (Jarvis et al., 2012; Rosenthal & Ort, 2012; and Liu et al., 2008) indicate that climate change in Africa will have variable impacts on crops, with both production losses and gains possible. The multiple regressions were used to see the associations of climatic variables with crop yields in Atacora. The results revealed that the rainfall has significant effect on the output of maize and sorghum at four percent (4%) and for bean at three percent (3%) with a negative coefficient of -0.78, -0.23 and -0.31(Table 1). This result shows that if the rainfall increases by one unit (1), then maize, sorghum and bean outputs will decrease by 0.23, 0.31, and 0.78 kilograms respectively in the long run. Rice and yam outputs show that the temperature has a significant effect on rice and yam with a positive coefficient of 62.2 and 70.5 respectively implying that if temperature increases by one unit rice and yam outputs will increase by 62.2 and 70.5 kilograms respectively (Table 1).

Table 1.Multiple regression results according to climate variables and crop yields

Dependent variables

Independent variables

Coefficient

Std. Error

t value

Pr(>|t|

Rice

Intercept

-144.1

162.25

-3.26

0.002**

Rainfall

-0.45

1.45

-0.31

0.75ns

Temperature

62.25 

17.5  

3.55

0.001**

 

     

Maize

Intercept

2503.67

5199.51

0.48

0.63ns

 

Rainfall

-0.78

0.37

-2.10

0.04 *

 

Temperature

 -2.38

150.77

-0.01

0.98ns

 

     

Sorghum

Intercept

4072.56

1543.91

2.63

0.01 *

Rainfall

-0.23

0.11

-2.09

0.04 *

Temperature

-88.11

44.76 

-1.96

0.05 ns

 

     

Bean

Intercept

-511.03

2026.53

-0.25

0.80ns

Rainfall

-0.31

0.14

-2.17

0.03*

Temperature

53.08

58.76

0.90

0.37ns

 

     

Yam

Intercept

-118.47

79.44

-1.49

0.14

Temperature

70.56 

31.16  

2.26  

0.03 *

Rainfall

1.49

1.05

0.3860.38

0.70

Note: *= Significant at 5%    ns= non-significant

 

CONCLUSION

The study examines the effects on temperature and rainfall variability on yam, maize, bean, sorghum and rice output in Atacora from 1986 to 2016 and farmers’ adaptation strategies to this change. Results from the study revealed that there is an increase in temperature and decreasing rainfall pattern in the study area. Also, this study discovers that temperature significantly affects outputs of yam and rice while rainfall has significant effect on the output of maize, bean, sorghum over the period under study. In response to climate variation, farmers adjust their cropping calendars by shifting either forward or backward the timing of land preparation and seedling, adopt short season crop with high yield, use the shallows for agricultural productions, use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, reducing land of long crop seasons and increasing cultivated land of short duration high yielding crops. The use of chemical fertilizers release the nitrous oxide into the atmosphere which is the most important contribution of GHGs related to agriculture. As the population continues to grow and progress is made in achieving food and nutrition security for the population, chemical fertilizer use will increase for the foreseeable future. This will increase concentrations of nitrous oxide in the atmosphere and will cause a heavy strain on the environment as well as on the quality of the food produced.The problems of climate change are already with us, therefore the private sectors and Beninese government should focus on improved agricultural productivity by developing technology which will not contribute to changes in climate, but increased production through proper funding and implementation. With the decreasing rainfall amount and increasing of temperature, Beninese government should start to invest on irrigation farming in this locality rather than relying more on rain-fed agriculture that is highly unreliable and becoming more unpredictable. In addition, farmers should be sensitized about the negative effects of the long-term application of chemical fertilizers and pesticides on the environment, human health and soil fertility.

 

 

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Conservation : En RDC, bientôt l’on peut payer près de 3000 $ et tuer légalement un éléphant

En République démocratique du Congo, la conservation risque de perdre son sens dans la mesure où un décret en gestation pourrait permettre au chasseur de se taper un éléphant entier en payant sa taxe de 2 885 dollars américains. De même, il peut consommer la viande d’un gorille entier en s’acquittant légalement de sa taxe de 1 925 dollars américains. Cette mesure du gouvernement a été dénoncée lors d’une communication du directeur général de l’ICCN, Cosma

« Avec cette mesure visant à maximiser les revenus, l’Institut congolais pour la conservation de la nature (ICCN) ne pourra pas faire son travail de préservation des espèces en danger de disparition », a déclaré Cosma Wilungula.

Dans une décision conjointe ce mois-ci, les ministères de l’Environnement et des Finances de la RDC ont déclaré que tuer, posséder ou vendre des espèces protégées serait autorisé moyennant le paiement d’une taxe.

« Il en coûte maintenant 2 885 $ pour tuer un éléphant de forêt, tandis que le montant pour tuer, manger ou vendre un gorille de montagne est de 1 925 $. Ce décret supprime (le crime) le trafic illégal d’espèces protégées », a déploré Monsieur Wilungula, avertissant que les bailleurs de fonds ne paieraient pas environ 32 millions de dollars utilisés pour la conservation chaque année si la règle était maintenue.

Dans cette logique, l’Union européenne qui met des paquets dans la conservation dans les cinq aires protégées de la RDC continuerait-elle à s’y investir ? Rien n’est moins rassurant si la RDC maintient sa décision de légaliser le braconnage dans ses aires protégées., pour renflouer les caisses de l’Etat.

« Les paiements d’impôts relativement bas créeraient une incitation au profit pour le braconnage, l’ivoire d’éléphant coûtant jusqu’à 600 dollars par kilogramme (2,2 livres) sur le marché local et un bébé gorille d’une valeur de 100 000 dollars », a informé le directeur général de l’ICCN.

Notons par ailleurs que le Comité du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO a retiré le vaste parc national de la Salonga en RDC d’une liste de sites menacés, louant les efforts de conservation, notamment pour les éléphants de forêt et les bonobos.

Alfredo Prince NTUMBA, avec AFP

 

Wilungula, ce jeudi 22 juillet, à Kinshasa

WORLDWIDE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS, 2021 New Deal for Nature and People Research Group Submission

Global trade and economic growth over the last half century have driven huge improvements in health and living standards but also undermined the stability of the Earth’s natural systems and exacerbated global inequality. The 2020 Living Planet Index shows that global populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have suffered an average 68% decline in less than half a century (from 1970 to 2016).  According to the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2020, the top five most pressing challenges facing Africa and the world over the next decade are, for the first time, all related to the environment, and include biodiversity loss and climate change. Thus, the main cause of this dramatic decline is habitat loss and degradation, including deforestation, driven by how we as humanity produce food.

Our economies are embedded within nature but economics do not recognize that human health, wealth and security depend on safeguarding environmental health. Nature powers industry and enterprise but we are using up ‘natural capital’ and degrading natural systems faster than nature can replenish and restore them, exceeding Earth’s overall bio capacity by 58% according to Ecological Foot printing.

Failure to tackle nature’s decline will increase nature-related risk (desertification, pollution, erosion, overexploitation of natural resources such as forest and water), hamper prosperity and economic development, further disrupt supply chains, threaten global food security, and cost the global economy at least $479 billion a year – amounting to $10 trillion by 2050.  

Addressing the aforementioned challenges requires the involvement of youths and civil society. Thus, as part of its engagement for ecosystems restoration African network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development has set the New Deal for Nature and People Coalition made up of over 500 civil society organizations committed towards the nature and human positive Vision: to stop and reverse the catastrophic loss of biodiversity, ensure good governance, human rights, peacebuilding and put nature on the path recovery for present and future generations. In 2020, African youths and civil society organizations members of the coalition drafted two regional position papers on COVID19 and pandemics and towards a strong post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for a green growth resumption in Africa and in the world.

Youth and Civil Society have a role to lead the continent and the world to transiting to custodians of natural capital, human rights, peace and development. Among various approaches used thereto, African Network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development emphasizes in the production of articles as tools of teaching, learning, experience sharing and advocacy. A Research group of worldwide writers called the New Deal for Nature and People Research Group has been set.

Objectives

The present call aims at recruiting new members of the New Deal for Nature and People Research and Actions Group.  Under the coordination of African Network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development, the group seek on one hand, to strengthen the scientific production of civil society actors on issues relating to sustainable development goals at local, national and regional level, and on another hand, to reinforce their visibility through the release of their works on several regional and international platforms and channels. Several collaborative initiatives and work will be implemented with selected members who will be given membership certificate and further details after selection.

Criteria of application

  • Be an individual or a representative of an organization
  • Be a citizen of any country member of the United Nations
  • Show a proof of at least one article or scientific work written in any area related to conservation and restoration of ecosystems, climate change, peacebuilding and sustainable development
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WORLDWIDE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS, 2021 New Deal for Nature and People AMBASSADORS

Global trade and economic growth over the last half century have driven huge improvements in health and living standards but also undermined the stability of the Earth’s natural systems and exacerbated global inequality. The 2020 Living Planet Index shows that global populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have suffered an average 68% decline in less than half a century (from 1970 to 2016).  According to the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2020, the top five most pressing challenges facing Africa and the world over the next decade are, for the first time, all related to the environment, and include biodiversity loss and climate change. Thus, the main cause of this dramatic decline is habitat loss and degradation, including deforestation, driven by how we as humanity produce food.

Our economies are embedded within nature but economics do not recognize that human health, wealth and security depend on safeguarding environmental health. Nature powers industry and enterprise but we are using up ‘natural capital’ and degrading natural systems faster than nature can replenish and restore them, exceeding Earth’s overall bio capacity by 58% according to Ecological Foot printing.

Failure to tackle nature’s decline will increase nature-related risk (desertification, pollution, erosion, overexploitation of natural resources such as forest and water), hamper prosperity and economic development, further disrupt supply chains, threaten global food security, and cost the global economy at least $479 billion a year – amounting to $10 trillion by 2050.  

Addressing the aforementioned challenges requires the involvement of youths and civil society. Thus, as part of its engagement for ecosystems restoration African network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development has set the New Deal for Nature and People Coalition made up of over 500 civil society organizations committed towards the nature and human positive Vision: to stop and reverse the catastrophic loss of biodiversity, ensure good governance, human rights, peacebuilding and put nature on the path recovery for present and future generations. In 2020, African youths and civil society organizations members of the coalition drafted two regional position papers on COVID19 and pandemics and towards a strong post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for a green growth resumption in Africa and in the world.

Youth and Civil Society have a role to lead the continent and the world to transiting to custodians of natural capital, human rights, peace and development. African Network of Young Leaders for Peace and sustainable Development champions the New Deal for Nature and People and believes that there is a need of ambassadors. The present call aims at recruiting the 2021 Cohort of the New Deal for Nature and People Ambassadors. 

Overview on the New Deal for Nature and People Ambassador

Can become New Deal for Nature and People (ND4NP) Ambassadors, citizens of all countries, engaged to stop and reverse the catastrophic loss of biodiversity, ensure good governance, human rights, peacebuilding and put nature on the path recovery for present and future generations. Ambassador share their experiences, help document community stories, priorities, ideas, worries, needs, and opinions related to climate change and biodiversity.

With the help of Ambassadors, those that are underrepresented, underserved, or made vulnerable, and expected to experience the first and worst consequences of climate change, see their voice heard and are involved in decision making processes concerning their life and future. We understand and value that people know best how to engage with their own communities, and we encourage Ambassadors to engage with their communities in their own way.

We’re not looking for the strongest activists. What we are looking for people who love the humanity and planet and are voluntarily dedicated, even with small actions, to safeguard our planet and champion human rights.

Objective and Approach

The objective of the New Deal for Nature and People Ambassadors is to mentor youth in becoming more active by:

  • Providing information on relevant ecosystems, climate and sustainable development related issues at local, regional and international level;
  • Raising awareness about how ecosystem and climate issues affect human rights, peacebuilding, migration, and others sustainable development goals, how decisions are made and how youth can affect those decisions
  • Providing opportunities for youth to participate in meaningful discussions about the urban environment (through events, online, etc.)
  • Making the New Deal for Nature and People fresh, fun and tailored to youths

Key components of the program include:

  • An online portal for information on ecosystem, climate, and human rights related issues
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  • A network of youth and youth organizations with similar objectives

What is ND4NP Ambassadors?

  • A New Deal for Nature and People (ND4NP) Ambassador is a young person who has volunteered to act as a representative, contributor and/or and promoter of the New Deal for Nature and People and is committed to helping stop and reverse the catastrophic loss of biodiversity, ensure good governance, human rights, peacebuilding and put nature on the path recovery for present and future generations.
  • New Deal for Nature and People (ND4NP) Ambassadors do not absolutely need any formal training or education in ecosystem, climate and human rights related issues. They can be high school students, college/university students, young professionals, civil society activists, or somewhere in between.

Roles and Responsibilities of ND4NP Ambassadors

There are four possible ND4NP Ambassador roles:

  • Content Makers – Developing blog posts, articles and other research tasks.
  • Experience Makers– Working with African Network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development towards the Post 2020 biodiversity framework for ecosystems restoration.
  • Social Makers – Engaging other youth by sharing, posting, tweeting and discussing on thematic related to the New Deal for Nature and People.
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The ND4NP Ambassadors also have a responsibility to represent the ND4NP brand in their country and be an advocate for the initiative.

Roles and Responsibilities of African Network of Young Leaders for Peace and Sustainable Development (ANYL4PSD)

ANYL4PSD is responsible for overall management and delivery of the New Deal for Nature and People Coalition. Key roles for ANYL4PSD include:

  • Recruit and manage the ND4NP Ambassadors
  • Provide the tools and guidance needed to help Ambassadors complete their assigned tasks.
  • Communicate with ND4NP Ambassadors on a regular basis.
  • Create and manage the website and blog.
  • Develop templates and instructions for creating blog posts and factsheets.
  • Grow/facilitate the ND4NP Ambassadors network through social media and marketing.

What’s in it for you?

  • Each of Ambassador roles provides an opportunity for you to contribute to a meaningful and important youth initiative.
  • A one-year renewable certificate will be delivered to you.
  • Becoming a ND4NP Ambassadors will give you an opportunity to improve and develop new skills in research, writing, event coordination, media creation, etc.
  • ANYL4PSD will be happy to provide a reference or vouch for your contributions. You will also have the opportunity to interact with professionals, other organizations, speakers, etc. along the way.
  • Your actions for Nature and climate, human rights and Peace will be showcased and disseminated in several platforms and Magazine.
  • You’ll get to connect with other youth with similar interests (who may end up being your colleagues one day!). Plus, it’s going to be a lot of fun!

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