Monday, Sep 23, 2019

The First Meeting of the IGAD Biodiversity Programme Steering Committee was held on 6-8 May 2013 at IGAD Headquarters in Djibouti. The Committee reviewed activities undertaken so far during the start-up phase to recruit the long-term Technical Assistance (TA) and the support staff as well as the draft operational Programme Estimate (PE) to be implemented by the long-term TA. The Steering Committee further reviewed the draft grant proposals developed by the three Implementing Partners (IPs), namely IUCN, ICRAF and HoA-REC/N. The Steering Committee made a number of recommendations that would facilitate the smooth start of the implementation of the programme.

IGAD and UNOSAT have concluded the first phase of training on Geo-information for Disaster Risk Reduction. In this training, eighteen participants were selected from various IGAD institutions, and trained by staff from UNOSAT on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the Regional Center for Mapping Resources for Development (RCMRD).

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The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the IGAD Inland Water Resources Management Programme (INWRMP) met for the first time at the Kempinski Hotel, Djibouti, on 2-3 December 2012. The meeting focused on the priority water issues that need to be addressed in the IGAD region and on the role of the INWRMP in this regard. The IGAD INWRMP TAC is a specialized think tank which will provide support to the implementation of the Programme in the years to come.

 

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The Karamoja Cluster is one of the areas in the IGAD region which is affected by recurrent drought, which in turn is leading to conflicts as a result of competition for water and pastures. IGAD embarked on a study to analyze the nexus between natural resources use and conflicts in the Cluster, which came up with a recommendation to take the Karamoja Cluster as an ecological, economic, social and security zone that has to be addressed in an integrated manner. Accordingly, IGAD undertook an integrated development plan for the Karamoja Cluster, which was presented to Member States on 5-6 November 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting endorsed the integrated development plan and the proposed institutional structure under IGAD secretariat to support the implementation of the plan. IGAD will submit the recommendation to the next IGAD Council of Ministers for their consideration.

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