Saturday, Oct 20, 2018

IGAD, with the financial support of the EU, has been implementing a Regional Biodiversity Programme. The Programme has developed a Regional Biodiversity Policy and Protocol and National and Regional Biodiversity Database and Information Systems. Through the technical support of Implementing Partners (IPs), the Programme has also built capacity of communities at three cross-border demonstration sites to showcase how communities can support their livelihoods from biodiversity resources while sustainably managing these same resources The purpose of the Regional Workshop was therefore to share IPs experiences on sustainable management of biodiversity resources with member states’ experts with a view of replicating the good practices to wider areas in the region. The experiences also included adding values to biodiversity related products in the demonstration sites, which could also be promoted in other areas in the region. CORDIO also provided its experiences on conservation and sustainable management of coastal and marine resources in the Lamu area (between Kenya and Somalia) and around Tahdjoura in Djibouti, where they proposed Local Marine Conservation Areas In addition, presentations on ecosystem management and functions and services of ecosystems were made to enhance awareness of the experts on same.

The member countries of IGAD established a new regional network to expand and strengthen their fight against illegal wildlife trade in the Horn of Africa at a November 15 ceremony at African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Ministers responsible for wildlife conservation from the IGAD member states signed a Protocol and Declaration establishing the Horn of Africa Wildlife Law Enforcement Network (HAWEN) as a specialized technical network of IGAD.  The launch capped a five-year initiative driven by recognition that illegal wildlife trade is a common threat that has no respect for borders and that stronger, more active cross-border cooperation is needed to combat it. 

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08-11-2017, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Land Governance Project this morning launched its Regional Multi-Stakeholders Dialogue Platform (RMDP) Meeting during a inauguration ceremony presided over by the State Minister for Natural Resources, Dr. Kaba Urgessa in the presence of the Director of Agriculture & Environment Division of IGAD, the Director of Capacity Development at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Policy Officer-Livestock at the African Union Commission, and the Head of the Swiss Cooperation Office at the Embassy of Switzerland to Ethiopia.

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