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EAC Heads of State at the High Level Forum on Climate Change and Food Security held in Arusha, Tanzania. They are (from right) President Evariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi, President Samia Hassan Suluhu of Tanzania and President William Ruto of Kenya. On the extreme left is Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente who represented President Paul Kagame at the forum.

Climate Smart Agriculture and Green Renewable Energy the way to go to mitigate Climate Change and boost Food Security

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 24th November, 2023: The Summit of the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State is in agreement that increased investment in climate smart agriculture and renewable energy is the best approach to mitigate the impact of climate change, and improving access to and availability of food for their citizens.  

The Heads of State further agreed that there was a need to improve rainwater harvesting to ensure increased availability of water for irrigation agriculture. 

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Training workshop in Climate Finance and Mobilisation for EAC Partner States concludes in Arusha

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 21st April, 2023: The East African Community (EAC) training workshop in climate finance access and mobilisation for EAC Partner States has concluded in Arusha.

The three-day workshop brought together the operating entities of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Financial Mechanism and accredited entities to equip experts from Ministries responsible for Environment, Finance and EAC Affairs in the EAC Partner States with the necessary knowledge and skills to mobilize and access climate finance.

The EAC Secretariat has collaborated with UNFCC on the implementation of the Needs Base Finance project developed as a response to the Conference of Parties Long-term Finance decisions. The Long-term Finance process is aimed at progressing the mobilization of resources originating from a wide variety of sources, public and private, bilateral and multilateral, including alternative sources in an effort to scale-up climate change finance.

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EAC Partner States join forces against eco-threats to the region's estimated US$11 billion annual natural capital

… as pivotal meeting paves way for action plan to protect transboundary ecosystems and economies that impact millions in East Africa 

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 17th December, 2021: In a strong countermove against environmental and economic threats, officials from the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat and six Partner States gathered from13th to 14th December, 2021 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to reaffirm new strategies involving cross-border cooperation.  

The joint effort is in response to a landmark study of four iconic “natural capital” landscapes the countries share. 

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EAC calls for increased regional coordination in ecosystem conservation and management

East African Community, Dodoma, Tanzania 2nd June, 2021: The EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Hon. Christophe Bazivamo has called on Partner States to increase regional coordination in response to the increasing problems of the Ecosystems.

“We are all aware of the challenges the region is facing including those related to the management of natural resources and the environment”

He disclosed that in response to the increasing challenges to the management of ecosystems, Article 114 of the Treaty for the establishment of the East African Community, the EAC Partner States have amongst other things, agreed to adopt common policies and exchange of information on the development, conservation and management of natural resources.

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EAC to host Environment Week in Dodoma

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, 28th May, 2021: The East African Community will join the rest of the world to commemorate the World Environmental Day by organising the “EAC Regional Environmental Week” (EACREW) from 2nd – 4th June, 2021 in Dodoma, United Republic of Tanzania. 

The objective of the EACREW is to increase public awareness on the need to sustainably manage and conserve the environment and natural resources in the region. The EACREW will also help to reach out to the intended beneficiaries of the regional policies, instruments and actions on environment and natural resources management. 

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Rwanda’s Minister of Environment and Chairperson of the 7th EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers on Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya (third right), and other officials hold the report of the meeting. Also in the photo are (from left) Hon. Christophe Bazivamo (EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors), Dr. Deo Rurema (Burundi’s Minister for Environment, Agriculture and Livestock); Mr. Sam Cheptoris (Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment);; Dr. Chris Kiptoo (Kenya’s Principal Secretary for Environment and Forestry), and; Dr. Hamisi Kigwangalla (Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania).

EAC Partner States directed to enforce laws banning plastic carrier bags

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 10th February, 2020: East African Community Partner States have been directed to enforce relevant laws to effectively ban the manufacture and use of plastic carrier bags with immediate effect.

The 7th Meeting of the EAC Sectoral Council on Environment and Natural Resources Management which met in Dodoma, Tanzania further directed Partner States that have not completely banned the single use plastic and plastic carrier bags to do so urgently.

So far, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania have fully enforced the ban on the manufacture of single use plastic and plastic carrier bags.

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In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, a Samburu boy uses a wooden stick to try to swat a swarm of desert locusts filling the air, as he herds his camel near the village of Sissia, in Samburu county, Kenya. The most serious outbreak of desert locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world's most vulnerable countries, authorities say, with unusual climate conditions partly to blame. (AP Photo/Patrick Ngugi)

7th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Environment and Natural Resources Management underway in Dodoma, Tanzania

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 4th February, 2020:  The 7th Meeting of the EAC Sectoral Council on Environment and Natural Resources is currently underway in Dodoma, United Republic of Tanzania.

The objective of the five-day meeting is to review progress and provide policy guidance on the implementation of Environment and Natural Resource Management matters.

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Delegates attending the COMESA/EAC Regional Consultative Workshop in Kigali ahead of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment and the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP25) meeting

COMESA and EAC develop Position Papers on Climate Change Negotiations

East African Community Headquarters, Kigali , Rwanda 13th November, 2019: The East African Community (EAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariats have come up with position papers to guide negotiations of the Africa Group of Negotiators (AGN) for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) also known as Conference of Parties (COP25) set for 2-13 December 2019 in Madrid, Spain.

The Position papers were agreed upon during a two-day regional technical consultative workshop in Kigali on 8 – 9 November 2019. The Secretariats, both beneficiaries of the European Union’s ACP’s Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) grant, jointly organized the Pre-COP25 technical meeting to come up with regional position papers consolidated from national positions of their respective member countries for submission to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) to guide Africa in the negotiations during COP25 sessions.

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EAC and USAID launch new programme for Conservation and Management of region's natural capital

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 1st November, 2019: The East African Community in collaboration with the US Agency for International Development Kenya/East Africa (USAID/KEA) have launched a new programme for the conservation and sustainable use of East Africa’s natural capital.

The Conservation and Management of the Region's Natural Capital Programme is an initiative that seeks to improve the collaborative management and conservation of trans-boundary natural resources, reduce wildlife poaching and trafficking, and increase the perceived value of living wildlife.

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