Wednesday, Dec 02, 2020

H.E. Amb. Silva, Mr. Mohamed Moussa and Debalkew BerheThe European Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and several international organizations involved in the program management of biodiversity met on February 25 and 26, in Djibouti, to review the implementation of the program which was funded by the European Union to the tune of € 14 million under the Regional Indicative Programme of the 10th European Development Fund.

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The seconnd TAC and PSC meeting of the IGAD Biodiversity programme was organized at Sheraton Hotel in Djibouti between 24 and 26 February 2014. The TAC advises the PSC on technical and policy issues in the implementation of the programme while the PSC takes appropriate decisions on the overall policy and direction in the implementation of the programme. The programme is supported by the EU to a tune of 14 million Euros and aims to improve the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity resources in the Horn of Africa to contribute to the improvement of the livelihoods of the population of the region. This would be achieved by addressing policy gaps, policy harmonization, information generation and dissemination and institutional capacity building showcased in 3 cross-border pilot ecosystems, namely in the Boma-Gambella landscape, the Tana-Kipini-Laga Badana Bushs Bush and the Lower Awash – Lake Abbe Land and Seascapes.

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), has just completed a two week (10-21 June) training for IGAD Institutions at the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Nairobi, Kenya.


The training on ‘Introduction to Remote Sensing and Field Data Collection Techniques for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)’ is part of a wider project on Disaster Risk Reduction Capacity Development in East Africa, which is being funded by the government of Norway. The main objectives of this project are to strengthen technical knowledge and skills on use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technologies for DRR, to raise awareness on geo-spatial technologies for DRR and how to use the information for coordination, dissemination and decision making and finally, to improve service delivery and data delivery of IGAD and its partners, by developing a Geo-database and Geo-portal.

IGAD - FAO efforts to develop regional CAADP were attained yesterday 20.5.2013, when member state, NGOs, private sector actors and development partners validated the draft CAADP - the IGAD team was led by Mohamed Moussa, Director AED while the FAO delegation was led by the Amb. (Dr) Modibo Traore. It is expected that the CAADP compact will be signed before the Platform Steering Committee meeting in September 2013 after the changes suggested by the participants are effected and the document is revised to harmonize its content with the IGAD drought disaster resilience and sustainability initiative (IDDRSI)