Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA-EAC-SADC) Region
The Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Eastern and Southern Africa is a five-year initiative of COMESA, EAC and SADC with the purpose of enabling COMESA-EAC-SADC Member States to increase investments in climate resilient and carbon efficient agriculture and its linkages to forestry, land use and energy practices by 2016.
The overall objective of the Programme is to address the impacts of Climate Change in the COMESA-EAC-SADC region through successful adaptation and mitigation actions, which also build economic and social resilience for present and future generations.
The programme is currently being financed through a multi-donor arrangement involving the following development partners: Government of Norway, the European Union and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development through COMESA.
The initiative that started in 2010 aims to inject Africa’s Unified Position on Climate Change into the post-2012 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change global agreement so as to unlock resources for promoting strategic interventions that sustain productivity and livelihood improvements for millions of climate-vulnerable people in the region.
The programme stems from the recognition of the seriousness of the challenge posed by Climate Change, which was re-iterated by the African Heads of State and Government at the African Union Summit in January 2007. The African Heads of State and Government agreed that the countries in Africa should mainstream Climate Change adaptation and mitigation into their developmental plans. Further, the African Heads of State and Government Summit held in 2009, in Sirte, Libya endorsed the African common position on Climate Change, which advocates for inclusion of Agriculture and Forestry in the Climate Change regime.
Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research, and Economic Development (PREPARED)
This is a proposed six year programme with the overall goal of strengthening the resiliency and sustainability of East African economies, trans-boundary freshwater ecosystems, and communities. PREPARED targets three key priority development challenges of East Africa and of the US Government: biodiversity conservation / natural resource management (NRM) and sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene, and Climate Change. The programme seeks to:
- Improve Climate Change adaptation technical capacity, policy leadership and action readiness of regional institutions.
- Strengthen resilient and sustainable management of biologically significant transboundary freshwater ecosystems in the East African Community region.
- Enhance resilient and sustainable drinking water supply, sanitation, and wastewater treatment services in the Lake Victoria Basin.