Saturday, Nov 27, 2021

November 3, 2021 (MOMBASA, Kenya): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today inaugurated the National Validation Workshop on the Baseline Assessment Report of the Contribution of Blue Economy to the Sustainable Economic Development of Kenya.

Representatives from various ministries and institutions active in the Blue Economy (BE) sector in the Republic of Kenya are attending this two-day workshop: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Focal person for BE, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector, Coastal and Maritime Tourism Sector, Maritime Transport, Ports and Related Services, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Water, Ministry of Energy/Mine, Coast Guards, Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute, and Women in Maritime (WOMESA).

The workshop will capture contributions from the different sectors of Blue Economy for the national economic development of Kenya. The report will be updated through extensive group discussions and thorough review of the document. The updated baseline report will be available soon and will serve as an input to develop the National Blue Economy Strategy for Kenya.

Speaking for the Executive Secretary, the IGAD Head of Mission in Kenya, Ms Fatuma Adan, recalled that IGAD had “signed a project, with funding from the Sweden government with an estimated budget of 5 million USD for a duration of 3 years in 4 IGAD coastal MS (Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan), that aims to improve the governance of the Blue Economy in the IGAD region, conduct marine biodiversity situation analyses, make inventory of chemical and plastic pollutants from source to sea, develop and apply tools to monitor and mitigate chemical and plastic pollutions in the coastal member states.”

She added that the project “will empower women groups to protect the environment and diversify their livelihoods by implementing best practices in selected coastal sites affected by plastic pollution”.

“The IGAD Blue Economy Project has therefore come at an opportune time not only for Kenya but the region as a whole as we anticipate that it will provide inputs to the actualization a regional strategy on blue economy,” Director Enforcement and Emergency Response at Kenya Coast Guard Service, Ms Joyce Awino, said during the opening session.

The expected outcomes of the workshop are:

  • Missing data/information filled in;
  • National report validated and approved by all sector organisations;
  • Input to regional report; and
  • Basic document for the validation of the national and regional BE strategies.

A similar workshop took place in Djibouti and will be held in the other IGAD member states: Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. The National Focal Points for Blue Economy will be engaged to assist in the facilitation of the workshop and the submission of the final reports.

The national Blue Economy baseline reports of the IGAD Member States were developed with financial support from the European Union. The national level validation workshops are supported by the Project “Enhancing Blue Economy in the IGAD Coastal Member States for Biodiversity Conservations and Livelihood diversification” funded by the Government of Sweden.


 

 

October 29, 2021 (ADDIS ABABA): The Horn of Africa Wildlife Enforcement Network (HAWEN) of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) convened its Executive Committee for their 4th meeting.



The objectives of the meeting were:

  • To review the status of implementation of the recommendations of the 3rd Executive Committee meeting that took place in March 2020;
  • To introduce and endorse the legal harmonization for wildlife protection in the Horn of Africa proposal in collaboration with the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and Legal Atlas;
  • To consider a proposal to adopt a Protocol on Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCA) for IGAD;
  • To introduce and discuss with the Member States the concept note for operationalizing the HAWEN Secretariat and implementing the HAWEN Action Plan (5 years plan).

In his opening remarks, Dr Eshete Dejen of IGAD warned that If the illegal trade in wildlife was left unabated, it would “definitely lead to the extinction of many species of wildlife including elephants, rhinos, pangolins, cheetahs, leopards, and likely other species within decades”. “Also, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to our colleagues at IGAD and our key partners and donors, in particular the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime funding this meeting with the financial support from the European Union”, he added.


At the end of the two-day meeting:

  • recommendations were developed and approved by the Executive Committee
  • a legal Harmonization Proposal on wildlife matters was introduced and endorsed
  • Member States agreed to explore the possibility to develop a framework for harmonizing TFCA managemen
  • the concept note for further dissemination to donors and partners was reviewed and will be shared with the Executive Committee members for final approval.

HAWEN is a regional initiative established in November 2017 and sits under IGAD HQ in Djibouti. An Executive Committee was established with the objective of supporting the implementation of the HAWEN Action Plan.The Executive Committee is composed of focal points from Wildlife Conservation Authorities in the respective States.


 

 

October 24, 2021 (ARTA, Djibouti): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has started the validation process for the national Blue Economy baseline reports of the IGAD Member States with its first workshop in this regard in Arta town of Djibouti.

Representatives from various ministries of the Republic of Djibouti are attending this two-day workshop: delegates from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Water, Fisheries, the Ministry of Trade and Tourism, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Equipment, Djibouti Ports & Free Zones Authority, the Djibouti Coast Guards, the Ministry of Energy in charge of natural resources, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, and the Djibouti Regional Maritime Training Centre.

In his opening remarks, Daher Elmi, Programme Manager for Natural Resource and Renewable Energy (IGAD) said that the Blue Economy baseline report being discussed in Arta will serve as an input to prepare the national Blue Economy strategy for Djibouti. He added that the delegates from each sector will update the report in the coming two days. IGAD will support the development of the national Blue Economy strategy.

 Mr Elmi Bouh Goudodeh, President of the Regional Council of Arta welcomed all the participants and thanked the organisers for choosing Arta. He wished fruitful deliberations during the meeting.

The workshop will capture contributions from the different sectors of Blue Economy for the national economic development of the Republic of Djibouti. The report will be updated through extensive group discussions and thorough review of the document. The updated baseline report will be available soon and will serve as an input to develop the National Blue Economy Strategy for Djibouti.

 The expected outcomes of the workshop are:

  • Missing data/information filled in;
  • National report validated and approved by all sector organisations;
  • Input to regional report; and
  • Basic document for the validation of the regional BE strategy

Similar workshop will be held in the other IGAD member states: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. The National Focal Points for Blue Economy will be engaged to assist in the facilitation of the workshop and the submission of the final reports.

The national Blue Economy baseline reports of the IGAD Member States were developed with financial from the European Union. The national level validation workshops are supported by the Project “Enhancing Blue Economy in the IGAD Coastal Member States for Biodiversity Conservations and Livelihood diversification” funded by the Government of Sweden.

 Background

The project “Enhancing Blue Economy in the IGAD Coastal Member States for Biodiversity Conservations and Livelihood diversification” funded by the Government of Sweden is premised to contribute to the following outcome “the capacity of IGAD and its Member States strengthened by structuring and mainstreaming the BE at both national and regional levels while increasing cooperation and regional integration, and strengthening support to the member states to develop their own national BE strategies. It will also contribute to the effective implementation of the Africa Blue Economy Strategy”. It is a three years (2021 – 2023) project to start the implementation of the IGAD Blue Economy strategy in selected priority intervention areas mainly at four coastal countries (Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan) of IGAD. The project objectives are:

  • To establish a functional Blue Economy structure at IGAD to cater for the regional and national needs (selected member states of IGAD),
  • To assess the impact of pollution and develop mitigation measures on aquatic biodiversity and ecosystems, and
  • To increase research and knowledge management/dissemination on key BE indicators (questions for the IGAD region for learning), policy and practice change among the Member States.

In a nutshell, this project intends to achieve the following three broad results:

  • Blue Economy approach in IGAD region harmonized and coordinated to harness the contribution of the different sectors,
  • The health of marine aquatic ecosystems is improved and systems for managing, controlling and reducing aquatic pollution and waste are strengthened in IGAD coastal countries, and
  • Blue Economy enhancing technologies and innovations promoted, documented and disseminated.

IGAD through this project with funding from the Swedish Embassy in Ethiopia, seeks to improve the governance of the Blue Economy in the IGAD region, conduct marine biodiversity situation analyses, make inventory of chemical and plastic pollutants from source to sea, develop apply tools to monitor and mitigate chemical and plastic pollutions in the coastal member states. IGAD plays the central coordination role in the implementation of this project led by the Director of Agriculture and Environment and day to day operation by the Environment Protection and Blue Economy Program Manager.

 

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