Burundi adopts multi-risk mapping

In a workshop on the restitution of risk maps on December 14, the government of Burundi received from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) a multirisk map of Burundi per municipality. The Director General of Civil Protection says that this tool will be useful in the prevention of risks and disasters.

According to Anicet Nibaruta, Director General of Civil Protection and Disaster Management, the mapping referred to five hazards including torrential rains, floods, landslides, high winds and earthquakes.

He said that the terms of reference did not take drought into account when drawing up the map: “Knowing its impact on food and nutritional security, we recommend that the team of national experts be able to integrate this hazard as well as other new risks ”.

Regarding the usefulness of multi-risk mapping, Anicet Nibaruta indicates that it will allow the government of Burundi to better understand risks and disasters in order to better manage them.

“Different actors in national life will refer to it to establish sectoral planning for socio-economic development. These are essentially the sectors of infrastructure, agriculture, town planning, land use planning and land services, ”explains Anicet Nibaruta. He added that we can no longer speak of development without taking into account the concept of risks.

The Director General of Civil Protection recalls that multi-risk mapping is an anticipation and decision-making tool to better prepare for risk management.

For Jérémie Nyogoza, adviser in the Land Titles and National Cadastre Directorate, multi-risk mapping will also be beneficial in the land titles sector: “It will help us to adjust our services with current data as well as appropriate planning in relation to land titles. to the plans we have ”.
He explains that the land titles sector had old maps and cadastral plans that no longer correspond to current realities.

According to him, the cadastral management will have to take climate change into account in the future so that people looking for title deeds or plots for investments will have to be directed to areas that are not at risk.

Of 113,408 displaced people estimated by IOM in September 2021, 83% were displaced by natural disasters. According to the same organization, risk mapping is designed to create a culture of understanding risks that can lead to the creation of early warning systems, contingency plans and mitigation.

Source: IWACU Burundi

Audience granted to a group of sustainable healthcare architecture PAN SANTÉ

This Monday 12/13/2021, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation Mr. Ferdinand BASHIKAKO received in audience a group of sustainable health care architecture PAN SANTÉ, from Germany who wish to invest in the public health sector in Burundi.

Indeed, this group indicated that it has a project to build hospitals in Burundi and to make available the electricity necessary for these hospitals in order to promote public health in Burundi.

 The Permanent Secretary welcomed their wish because the public health sector is among the priorities of the Government of Burundi.

Mr. Ferdinand BASHIKAKO wanted to know how they will be reimbursed for the means that would be used during this work. He also wanted to know if there would be other African countries where they have already set up this project.

 Responding to the questions asked, the members of this group let it be known that for the way of reimbursement, it will be carried out gradually by these hospitals on the basis of their income. For the question of implantation of this project in Africa, they answered that it is already present in Tanzania, and in South Africa.

The Permanent Secretary then asked them to contact the Ministry of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS in Burundi to present this project.

Source: Ministry of foreign Affairs and Development copperation

The EFB participates in the week of French lycées du monde 2021

The students of the Grande section of the EFB visit the vegetable garden to observe the growth of their plantations as part of the week of French high schools around the world ©: EFB

Like all French high schools around the world, the French School of Bujumbura (EFB) Nelson Mandela participated for the 5th consecutive year, from November 29 to December 4, 2021 in the Semaine des lycées français du monde. This week helped to highlight the strengths and values ​​carried by French education abroad.

During the week, the EFB students visited the vegetable gardens, they were made aware of the challenges linked to climate change in Burundi and the fight against deforestation. The students planted trees in the school and an exhibition was organized around the arts, sciences and sustainable development in the school.

According to Barbara Pompili, Minister for the Ecological Transition of the Government of the French Republic and sponsor of the Week of French High Schools of the World 2021, sustainable development is at the heart of educational programs in all disciplines. This transversal theme was thus chosen for the theme of the 2021 edition of the Week of French lycées du monde: “Arts, sciences and sustainable development: French education to prepare for the world of tomorrow”. The opportunity for the teaching teams and the students to focus on the actions and systems implemented within the establishments and in the classes, in particular through artistic and scientific projects.

With a presence in 138 countries, 543 establishments and 375,000 pupils enrolled from kindergarten to 12th grade in 2021, France is the country with the largest school network beyond its borders. On all continents, French families (1/3 of the global workforce) and many other nationalities (2/3 of the global workforce) choose French education because they appreciate its strengths, including the inclusiveness of all students, equality between girls and boys, excellence, well-being, critical thinking, solidarity, plurilingualism and openness to the world.

Every year since 2017, the Semaine des lycées français du monde has shed light on the strengths of French education for students in the diversity of initiatives from establishments in the network. Source: France in Burundi French Embassy in Bujumbura

The CVR submits its progress report to the President of the Senate

The President of the Senate Emmanuel Sinzohagera received in audience Wednesday, December 15, 2021, a delegation from the Truth Reconciliation Commission (CVR). On the sidelines of this hearing, the vice-president of the CVR submitted to the President of the Senate in the presence of his two vice-presidents, a progress report on the achievements of this commission, fiscal year 2021.

The President of the Senate Emmanuel Sinzohagera welcomed the work done this year by the CVR, a work which, according to him, will allow reconciliation and mutual forgiveness between the Burundians to build a country without conflicts, indicated at the exit of the audience his spokesperson, Gabby Bugaga.

The spokesperson for the President of the Senate also indicated that the law requires the leaders of the CVR to present the report of the achievements to institutions such as the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Vice-President of the Republic, the President of the National Assembly and the Senate.

He indicated that this commission will publicly present the progress report of its 2021 achievements before Parliament in congress on Monday, December 20, 2021.

Source: Radio Television Burundi

Blue California Expands Natural Flavor and Fragrance Portfolio with Production of Clean, Natural, and Sustainable Nerolidol

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Dec. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Blue California announced the expansion of its natural flavor and fragrance portfolio of captive ingredients by producing a clean, sustainable nerolidol.

Nerolidol is a rare sesquiterpene alcohol ubiquitous in nature and found in many flowers and plants, particularly in Seville orange flower, also known as Neroli, which gives the aroma chemical its name.

It is recognized for its floral, woody aroma and can also be described as a fresh scent, blending well with citrus, apple, or rose but light enough to complement any type of scent or flavor. Nerolidol is therefore ideal for use in many applications and known for its relaxing effects.

Many brands looking to make products at a large scale using nerolidol find it to be cost-prohibitive and, for that reason, it hasn’t been widely used in modern-day product applications.

Yet, consumers seek clean-label fragrance products that are easy on the planet and fit into the clean and conscious fragrance and beauty movement. The Innova Beauty & Personal Care Survey 2020 notes that 51% of global consumers indicate that natural ingredients are very or extremely important to them when purchasing fragrances.

“Biotechnology is opening doors to sustainable ingredients that weren’t previously possible,” said Kathy Oglesby, head of flavors and fragrances at Blue California. “Our collaboration with innovation partner Conagen provides efficient and effective commercialization, leading us to deliver to our client-creators a full range of captive ingredients, trademarked Plantarôme,™ for use in our flavors and fragrances.”

Nerolidol is first in a full range of natural ingredients in the 2022 pipeline of Blue California’s Taste, Smell, and Beauty Division. Conagen develops one of the most high-yielding fermentation platforms for producing sesquiterpenes and lactones.

With its functional advantages in many industries due to its moderate polarity and optical activity, nerolidol is also a useful, sustainable fine chemical intermediate.

“Nerolidol is a foundational material with many uses in many markets. Plantarôme™ S is a sandalwood type material, and Plantarôme™ M, which is a natural musk, are both creating a lot of excitement in the marketplace,” said Oglesby.

Until now, synthetic musk was primarily used in the fragrance industry because traditional musk sources were wild plants, too rare to be useful, or wild animals, like musk deer and civet cats, too endangered to be ethical. Conagen and Blue California have teamed together to develop a modern, one-of-a-kind, natural, domestic plant-derived musk that is safe, versatile, and biodegradable.

“The launch of nerolidol is symbolic of the collaboration between Blue California and Conagen as we advance in the markets we can serve,” said Casey Lippmeier, Ph.D. vice president of innovation at Conagen. “Together, we are revolutionizing the flavor and fragrance ingredient industry with our disruptive capabilities for producing clean, sustainable solutions and product applications.”

About Blue California

Blue California is an entrepreneurial, science-based solutions provider and manufacturer of clean, natural, and sustainable ingredients used in food, beverage, flavor, fragrance, dietary supplements, personal care, and cosmetic products. For more than 25 years, Blue California has built a strong reputation for creating value in these diverse natural products and nature-inspired industries. www.bluecal-ingredients.com

About Conagen

Conagen is a product-focused, synthetic biology R&D company with large-scale manufacturing affiliates. Our scientists and engineers use the latest synthetic biology tools to develop high-quality, sustainable, nature-based products by precision fermentation and enzymatic bioconversion. We focus on the bioproduction of high-value ingredients for food, nutrition, flavors and fragrances, pharmaceutical, and renewable materials industries. www.conagen.com


Ana Arakelian
Blue California

Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group Becomes Ambassador Member of California Fuel Cell Partnership

TEMECULA, Calif., Dec. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (Group), a subsidiary of Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japan), is proud to announce they have joined the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) as an Ambassador.

The association is driving to establish 200 hydrogen fueling stations by 2025 for a sustainable future for zero emission cars, trucks and buses. Joining the CaFCP is part of the Group’s commitment to leading the change to a healthier world. Furthermore, the Group is expanding their global operations, opening a new engineering and service facility in Houston and Korea this year, and a new center in Germany in 2022.

“We are excited to be part of CaFCP to provide clean energy alternatives and look forward to collaborate with other CaFCP members in the fuel cell hydrogen fuel market,” according to Peter Wagner, CEO, Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group.

There are several new hydrogen products under development, such as the first mobile Hydrogen refueler pumps, high capacity / high pressure reciprocating hydrogen pumps and containerized liquid hydrogen re-fueling stations. This is in addition to their ability to provide engineering, procurement, and full turnkey projects.

Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (now a member of Nikkiso Co., Ltd.) member companies manufacture engineered cryogenic gas processing equipment and small-scale process plants for the liquefied natural gas (LNG), well services and industrial gas industries. Founded over 50 years ago, Cryogenic Industries is the parent company of ACD, Cosmodyne and Cryoquip and a commonly controlled group of approximately 20 operating entities.

For more information, please visit www.nikkisoCEIG.com and www.nikkiso.com.

Anna Quigley