The adverse impacts of Climate Change aggravated by the increasing average global temperatures are a threat to the livelihoods of people in almost all sectors of the economies of the East African Community (EAC) region. Severe droughts, floods and extreme weather events associated with climatic variability are occurring with greater frequency and intensity in the region. The dependence on rain-fed agriculture in the EAC region implies that agricultural production is highly vulnerable to climatic variability and climate change.
As such, the EAC has developed a Climate Change Policy, Climate Change Strategy and Climate Change Master Plan. The overall aim of the Policy is to contribute to sustainable development in the region through harmonised and coordinated Climate Change adaptation and mitigation strategies, programmes and actions. The Climate Change Strategy and Master Plan are tools to guide and monitor the implementation of the EAC Climate Change Policy.