Last year, Trócaire supported livelihoods programmes in 14 countries, benefiting an estimated 794,898 people directly and 1.5 million people indirectly. Much of this work supported rural families to cope with climate change. Examples include:
We helped 169 communities in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Kenya to organise natural resource management groups, disaster risk management plans and water and sanitation committees to cope with droughts, floods and manage water supplies.
In Ethiopia, 1,580.13 hectares were rehabilitated and in Nicaragua 1,100 manzanas (774 hectares) were conserved to increase farmland for rural families and protect it against erosion.
In Pakistan, 4,790 fruit and forest trees were planted to nourish land and provide fruit. Environmentally-friendly smokeless stoves were provided to 1,217 households.
Climate justice is a priority issue for Trócaire. We have been lobbying the Irish Government to implement a strong Climate Bill to ensure that we are playing our role in reducing carbon emissions and are calling on our politicians to push for greater carbon emission reductions at a global level.
Internationally, Trócaire also works with other organisations to call on world leaders to agree to a new global deal to tackle climate change.
In Malawi, for example, Trócaire works with CADECOM (Catholic Development Commission in Malawi) and the newly established NGO CISONEC to ensure that development of a National Climate Change Policy in Malawi includes issues of climate justice.
We have also supported partners such as CADECOM to participate in climate change policy workshops at the international meetings of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
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