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Eastern African countries discuss carbon markets and carbon pricing in preparation for the upcoming 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) in Katowice

November 2018- As many as 34 African countries refer to carbon mechanisms in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Therefore, many countries in Africa, including Eastern African countries, are interested in exploring the potential of carbon market mechanisms to reduce emissions and to implement their countries’ NDCs. Article 6 of the Paris Agreement covers several approaches for which rules, procedures and guidelines are in the final phase of being negotiated.

In this regard, the GIZ Carbon Markets Project in Uganda implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) together with the UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Centre (RCC) Kampala and the Secretariat of the East African Community (EAC) organized a Pre-COP24 Negotiators Forum for Eastern African countries (30th Oct – 1st Nov 2018, Nairobi, Kenya). The discussions focused on carbon pricing and Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. The workshop brought together more than 40 public and private sector participants from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Burundi, many of whom were experienced negotiators. Presenters at the workshop included Margaret Barihaihi from the NDC Partnership (NDCP) who gave insights on the support opportunities for NDC implementation; Olufunso Somorin from the African Development Bank (AfDB) who presented on the NDC Hub, an initiative by the bank to support African countries in the achievement of their NDC targets; and Amy Steen from UNFCCC, who delivered a profound analysis of Art. 6.2, the progress of Paris rulebook towards COP24 and the interlinkages of negotiation streams. Finally yet importantly, Rachel Boti-Douayoua representing the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) as a Co-Chair of the African Workgroup of Carbon Pricing, presented examples of carbon pricing approaches in African countries.

During the forum, participants had the opportunity to enhance their technical capacities on general rules, procedures and processes within UNFCCC negotiations framework as well as analyze and discuss the various textual options that are being negotiated under Art. 6.2, 6.4 and 6.8. To complement the exercise, the interlinkages of Art. 6 and Article 4 on accounting,  as well as Article 13 on transparency were discussed. In addition, with the workshop introduced the position and key concerns of the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) on matters relating to Article 6. Furthermore, participants had the chance to get a global and regional overview on carbon pricing developments.

As a result of the forum, discussions between the countries that sparked around Article 6 will be used to inform the East African regional consultations on climate change, which are currently taking place under the auspices of the East African Community Secretariat, supported by the GIZ Carbon Markets Project. The outcome of EAC’s regional consultations will then feed into the AGN’s position paper on Article 6 and other climate change related matters during COP24 in Katowice. In relation to carbon pricing, participants showed strong interest but highlighted that there is a need to strengthen their understanding on the topic and how it can be utilized in the context of their countries.

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For more information, please contact:

Mr Owora Richard Othieno
Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 784 835021
Email: OOthieno [at] eachq.org

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of five Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. 

The EAC Secretariat is ISO 9001:2008 Certified

BIOPAMA

Call for Expressions of Interest

to host the BIOPAMA Regional Resource Hub for Biodiversity and Protected Areas in Eastern and Southern Africa

BIOPAMA is seeking a suitable host organisation for the BIOPAMA Regional Resource Hub for Biodiversity and Protected Areas in Eastern and Southern Africa. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, regionally active organisation that shares the mission of BIOPAMA and is interested in becoming part of, and helping to shape, the development of the Regional Resource Hub and supporting the delivery of its core functions.

BIOPAMA is a collaborative programme that aims to improve the long-term conservation of biodiversity in Eastern and Southern Africa by promoting the use of the best available science and knowledge and building capacity to strengthen policy and decision-making on biodiversity conservation and protected areas management and governance (terrestrial and marine). Towards this aim, the Regional Resource Hub is being established to enable the provision of relevant information and decision-support tools, to promote and facilitate exchange of information with a variety of end users (esp. decision-makers and protected area managers and practitioners).  It is also intended to facilitate capacity development, as well as the exchange and improvement of knowledge about biodiversity conservation and protected area issues and responses.

The objective of this call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) is to identify organisations in the region that have an interest in hosting the Regional Resource Hub and that share the vision of BIOPAMA for Eastern and Southern Africa.  IUCN and EC-JRC (European Commission Joint Research Centre) will use the submissions as a basis for selecting a host organisation and for negotiating a hosting agreement for the establishment and implementation of the Regional Resource Hub.

The hosting arrangement will be formalised through the conclusion of an Agreement between IUCN and the hosting organisation, initially for two years with potential to extend this into a second phase based on an evaluation of progress in the first two years. 

Expressions of Interest should be submitted by midnight (Pretoria, South Africa time) on Sunday, 25th November 2018

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Hon. Keriako Tobiko, CBS, SC., Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Nairobi, Kenya;

Ministerial Session of the 6th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Environment and Natural Resources Management called off in Arusha

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 28th September, 2018: The Ministerial Session of the 6th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Environment and Natural Resources Management (6th SCENR) was today called off due to lack of quorum at the EAC Headquarters.

The Rules of Procedure for the Council of Ministers provide that quorum of the meeting of the Council is all Partner States’ representation. The representation at the Ministerial Session of the Council requires a Minister or Ministers designated by that Partner State. 

When the meeting convened at the Ministerial level to receive the Report of the Coordination Committee this afternoon, it was realized that there were no Ministers from some Partner States to attend the Meeting hence the call off. The Secretariat is consulting with the Partner States on when to convene the Ministerial Session either by video conferencing or face to face meeting.

The objective of the 6th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Environment and Natural Resources Management was to review progress and provide policy guidance on the implementation of Environment and Natural Resource Management matters within the Community.

The meeting was specifically to consider the implementation status of previous Decisions and Directives of the Sectoral Councils/Councils on the environment and natural resources management; Policy, Legal and Institutional Frameworks matters including the Protocol on Environment and Natural Resources Management.

Also on the agenda was the Terrestrial Ecosystems matters; Aquatic Ecosystems matters; Pollution Control matters; Climate Change matters; and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management matters.

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For more information, please contact:

Mr Owora Richard Othieno
Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 784 835021
Email: OOthieno [at] eachq.org

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of five Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. 

The EAC Secretariat is ISO 9001:2008 Certified

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

RCMRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2018

THEME: "Space Science for Sustainable Development"

15 - 17 AUGUST 2018, NAIROBI, KENYA

Audience

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resource for Development, mandated to promote sustainable development in the member States through generation, application and dissemination of geo-information and allied ICT technologies, products and service covering entire range of goals as stipulated in the sustainable development goals.

We are offering with a splendid chance to present your work to an international audience. The presenters can be professionals and practitioners in the public and private sectors including academicians, surveyors, engineers, researchers, scientists, planners, policy makers, utility data providers, analyst working in industries, universities and research organizations who have common interest of engaging geo-information and communication technologies in meeting their operational and business goals,

We invite abstracts in any of thematic areas, displayed on the right, indicating which sustainable development goal your work is addressing.

Call for Papers

Papers are invited on the wide range of topics as outlined. Presenters should submit an abstract of not more than 500 words in length with a maximum of five keywords, which includes the following items:

  • Title of the paper
  • Author's name (s) and affiliation
  • Email contact address
  • Keywords and the abstract content

Note: The contents of the abstract should clearly state the objectives, methodology, results and conclusions of the work described in the final paper. Final acceptance will be issued based on the compressed full length paper.

Kindly refer to the abstract guidelines document

Paper Submission

It is important that all submitted papers focus on the conference theme and topics. Other related topics can be proposed, but it is suggested to contact the organizing committee beforehand. All papers are to be submitted through the following e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abstract Presentation Guidelines

The extended abstract should be limited to 500 words in length describing the objectives, results, conclusions and significance of your work (relevant artwork can be embedded). Posters can also be presented during the conference based on the acceptance of the extended abstract. Submission deadline is 30th April 2018.

Building Enviroment and Natural Resources Management Resilience in East Africa

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, 2nd March, 2018:

The East African Community (EAC) Secretariat in collaboration with the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), held Regional Learning Event and Investors Forum/Donors Roundtable on Environment and Natural Resources Management under the theme: Building Resilience in East Africa: Bridging the Gaps in Policy & Practice at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.                                                                                                       

The forum showcased the EAC’s regional priority programs in environment and natural resources management including climate change adaptation; biodiversity conservation; water, sanitation and hygiene; and transboundary water resources management.

The forum brought together regional and national practitioners, policy makers, researchers, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, regional intergovernmental organizations, private sector representatives and development partners from the EAC region. Participants explored these themes with objective of stimulating concrete and practical actions that will impact the most vulnerable ecosystems and societies

Addressing the forum Forum/Donors Roundtable the EAC Secretary General Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko commended the fundamental support from USAID extended towards different sectors including Trade and Investment, Agriculture, Energy, Health and institutional strengthening.

He said for the last 5 years EAC has been collaborating with USAID through different projects and programs including the Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED)

I would wish to emphasize that sustainability and scaling up of PREPARED achievements is very key and is one of the reasons why we are gathered here today’’

On his part, Mr. Brad Arsenault, Deputy Chief, USAID Kenya and East Africa said the U.S. Government, through USAID, focuses on the sustainable management of the region’s rich natural resources as a driver for socio-economic growth and sustainable development. Our joint commitment to managing natural resources is critical," explained USAID’s Acting Director.

Mr. Brad pledged USAID’s commitment to support the strong strategic leadership by the EAC and maintaining the collaborative management structures to ensure the management and conservation of transboundary natural resources.

Notes to Editors

 ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

 USAID’s PREPARED program is implemented by six regional partners including the EAC, LVBC, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC), Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET), Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and Tetra Tech ARD. The program seeks to mainstream climate-resilient development planning and program implementation into regional and national development agendas.

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For more information, please contact:

Mr Owora Richard Othieno
Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 784 835021
Email: OOthieno [at] eachq.org

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of five Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. 

The EAC Secretariat is ISO 9001:2008 Certified


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