HELIO at CSD 15...
Energy and Ecosystem Resilience:
Recommendations for sub-Saharan Africa was a side event was held May 7th during the 15th session of UN
Commission for Sustainable Development. It consisted of a series of
presentations and moderated discussion.
The side event centered around HELIO's newly released report: A preliminary
assessment of energy and ecosystem resilience in ten African countries. This report is an initial attempt to
identify points of vulnerability as they relate to climate change-related
events and sketch out what changes are needed, both politically and
programmatically, to increase resilience. The current state of vulnerability and
potential for adaptation is outlined and key results from in-country
assessments are presented. Preliminary recommendations on how best to ensure
that issues of sustainable energy development, adaptation and resiliency are
central components of any poverty reduction strategy conclude the report. The participating countries were: Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Democratic Republic of Congo; Kenya; Mali; Nigeria; South Africa; Senegal; Tanzania; and, Uganda. HELIO reporters carried out the country
The objectives of the side event were
- The first was to launch the
- the second was to gauge the relevancy of the work; and,
- the third--if
the work was deemed relevant--was to collect feedback on how to refine and
deepen the approach.
Brief presentations were made summarising
the HELIO report and findings from two of the in-country reports: Nigeria
and Uganda. Michel HAMELIN from France's
Agency for Environment and Energy management (ADEME) moderated the session.
The role of women in energy management and
use needs to be better highlighted in the work, particularly identifying the
entry points of women's contribution to the energy equation and addressing how
these contributions could be mainstreamed. Several participants also noted that the
role of gender (both male and female) must not be forgotten. While addressing women's contribution to
energy source management is important, understanding how men fit into that
process is equally central. Dis-aggregating data on gender is also
important. A suggested approach for deepening the work was to also outline in
practical terms how eco-system management can be used to increase energy system
resilience. Addressing the impacts of
destructive activities on energy access could also be part of this
component. One participant cautioned
that peri-urban issues need to be addressed particularly from resource use and
vulnerability perspectives. With regards how to focus the `work, looking at the energy sector from the Millennium Development
Goals perspective was recommended.
The panel participants were: