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10 June, 2021: (NAIVASHA, Kenya): As part of the Ecofish Programme, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development yesterday concluded a workshop entitled "National Workshop for Adoption of the draft Lake Turkana Basin Integrated Fisheries Management Plan (IFMP) and Consultative Meeting on Establishment of Bilateral Fisheries Management Forum” in Naivasha.

The workshop brought together stakeholders representing various ministries of Kenyan Government. Some of the key stakeholders participated were representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Turkana University, County Government of Marsabit, County Government of Turkana, Fish Cooperative Representatives from Turkana County and others.

This two-days workshop was meant to provide a framework for harnessing the fisheries potential and to foster sustainable utilization and exploitation of the fisheries for improving the livelihoods, food security and nutrition, and incomes of members of the communities in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) areas of the Omo Turkana Basin. More specifically, the objectives were to:

  • Introduce the project to national stakeholders;
  • Review the co-management plan and adopt;
  • Discuss on the bilateral (Kenya and Ethiopia) forum establishment processes;
  • Review the Project plan based on the prevailing COVID situation.

In her opening speech, Dr. Fatouma Adan, IGAD Head of Mission in Kenya representing his Excellency the Executive Secretary, said "the fisheries management plan aims to ensure that fisheries exploitation, equitable access to fisheries resources and efficient use of fisheries are achieved through collaboration and communication between key stakeholders in the IGAD region”.

Dr. Fatouma added that IGAD is one of the implementing agents of the regional economic communities of the ECOFISH Programme, which will enable the Omo-Turkana Basin to stimulate socio-economically equitable and ecologically sustainable fisheries development and management in the two basins.

The second opening remark was made by Dr. Rodrick Kundu, Ag Director of Fisheries Management and Development, State Department for Fisheries Aquaculture and Blue Economy (Kenya). He expressed clearly that the Government of Kenya is promoting to raise the fish consumption habit of the people. He also mentioned that Kenya is working to industrialize the fisheries sector. He focused the importance of building the spirit of man managing the fisheries in the lake and in the breeding rivers. Finally, he recommended the importance of sharing information and to have database for both Kenya and Ethiopia.

Baseline Study of the Omo Turkana Basin and draft Fisheries Integrated Management Plan (IFMP) prepared through the Support of African Development Bank were presented and discussed. As the workshop closed the project was introduced to the participants, Moreover, the project Support to Sustainable Utilization, Development and Management of the Fisheries of Baro-Akobo-Sobat River Basin (BASRB) between Ethiopia and South Sudan, and Lake Turkana Basin (LTB) shared between Ethiopia was presented and the key activity plans were reviewed in line with the existing COVID-19 situation.

A similar workshop is planned be held in South Sudan in July 2021.


The overall objective of the programme is to "enhance equitable economic growth by promoting sustainable fisheries in the EA-SA-IO region".

The specific objective is "to support sustainable fisheries management and development in order to contribute to poverty reduction alleviation, food and nutrition security while addressing climate change resilience and enhancing marine biodiversity".

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is one of the implementing Regional Economic Communities for the EU funded ECOFISH Programme.

The IGAD Secretariat, in collaboration with its Member States and Development Partners, is organising the 2nd IGAD Water Forum to take place in Entebbe, Uganda from 5th to 7th October 2021.

The theme of this year’s Forum is: Groundwater for resilience. It will be discussed under four sub-themes namely: 1) Groundwater for Peace and Stability , 2) Groundwater for Climate Change and Drought Resilience, 3) Groundwater for Socio-economic Development , 4) Innovation in groundwater financing and Technological Development and 5) Capacity Building in Groundwater

The Forum will provide an opportunity to IGAD Member States, stakeholders, private sector and development partners to discuss groundwater and its role in the sustainable development of the region. It will also provide an opportunity to create synergies among ongoing and planned water-related projects and programmes. It will further provide an avenue for policy makers, technical experts, private sector actors, civil society organisations etc to contribute to the development of an IGAD Ground water programme that is aligned to the overall mandate and strategy of IGAD. The forum will also showcase investment opportunities, new and emerging innovations in groundwater development and management.

Due to prevailing COVID-19 protocols the Forum will blend between face-to-face and virtual online event.

The Forum will feature Key Note Speakers, panel discussions, paper presentations and side events. A training session will also be held for young Professionals

Participation is open to IGAD Member States, academic and research institutions, civil society organisations, private sector, other Regional Economic Communities, and development partners.

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                         Deadline for receiving abstracts: 22 July 2021,
                         Deadline for Registering to attend the event: 15 Sept 2021

Opportunities are available for paper presentations, capacity building, and exhibitions.


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The world is celebrating the International Day of Biodiversity on May 22, 2021 with the slogan “We are Part of the Solution”.The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is happy to join the world community in celebrating this International Biodiversity Day.

The economic mainstay of the IGAD region is agriculture and aquatic resources which in turn is mainly dependent on the biological diversity and its integrity. Sustainable management and conservation of biodiversity resources in our region is therefore the basis for our economic and social development.

We are further to note that this year’s slogan is similar with the aims and objectives the IGAD Biodiversity Management Programme (BMP), which did strive to address the challenges faced by our biodiversity in the region at different levels: namely local, national, regional and global levels. The IGAD Biodiversity Management Programme supported by the European Union started in November 2012and was closed in May 2018 with a budget of 14 million euros with the following Result Areas:

  • Development and harmonization of biodiversity policies and strategies;
  • Conservation and sustainable management of transboundary biodiversity resources; and
  • Development of national and regional biodiversity databases and information systems.

 The Conservation component of the programme has a strong focus on three pilot cros-border ecosystems or demonstration sites:

  1. The Boma-Gambella Landscape (between South-East South Sudan and South-West Ethiopia)
  2. The Tana-Kipini-LagaBadana Bush Bush Land and Seascape (between North East Kenya and South East Somalia)
  3. The Lower Awash-Lake Abbe Landscape (between North East Ethiopia and South West Djibouti).

At local level, concerned communities should be part of the solution to sustainable management of biodiversity. Their involvement in sustainably managing the available natural resources and restoring degraded ecosystems is key to maintaining biological diversity in the region. IGAD BMP has shown local communities the link between sustainable management of and improved livelihoods in a cross-border biodiversity management setting. Promoting value addition activities on environmental resources such as honey, shea butter, and other dryland products by training local communities in production, harvesting, processing and marketing as means to improve and sustain their livelihoods, marks one of the most salient aspect of the IGAD BMP.

At national level, the Programme brought concerned member states together to integrate their actions in a sustainable management of biodiversity resources of the region. National institutions and entities including wildlife authorities, institutions in charge of biodiversity management, and Ministries dealing with environment protection jointly formulated and approved a Regional Biodiversity Policy and Regional Protocol to implement the regional policy in June 2016 and July 2017 respectively to enforce the sustainable management and conservation of protected areas in the region. In addition, other supportive regional strategies such as the IGAD Wildlife Management Strategy, the IGAD Invasive Species Control and Management Strategy, the IGAD Biodiversity Benefits Sharing Strategy and the IGAD Strategy for Domestication of Regional, Continental and Global Biodiversity Frameworks were endorsed in July 2017.In November 2017, a Protocol on Enforcement of Wildlife Laws in the Horn of Africa (HAWEN) was signed by Ministers in Charge of Wildlife Conservation of the region. HAWEN is an IGAD Specialized Network of Wildlife Conservation Institutions in the region.

Provisions of all relevant continental (African Union) and global commitments(United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity), Multilateral Environmental Agreements(MEAs) andSustainable Development Goals (Sustainable Development Goals 141 and 152)related to the preservation of biodiversity are taken into account in formulating the regional biodiversity policy3 and protocol4 of IGAD. IGAD BMP therefore facilitated to bring together the different actors at cross border, national and continental levels to act in an integrated manner to address the challenges of biodiversity management in the region, so as to be part of the solution.

Beneficiaries.The total pool of beneficiaries that have directly benefited from the Programme is estimated to 5,338. A total of 2,865 individuals received training most of whom were community members living at those cross-border areas. Capacity building was an important activity area and government staff as well as small farmers were being trained or guided. One effect on local communities was improved awareness on biodiversity loss, and that influenced communities to participate and adopt biodiversity conservation and livelihood interventions.

Achievements.In addition to the achievement in developing and approving a regional policy, protocol and strategies to enhance sustainable conservation and management biodiversity resources, the project has also been successful in changing the livelihoods of the communities. To mention few.

  • Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) established on Arta Beach in Djibouti
    The Lower Awash-Lake Abbe Transboundary Conservation Landscape Joint Management Plan (LALA TBCL JMP) 
  • Seascape Management Plan for the Gulf of Tadjourah and Ghoubet el Kharab in the Republic of Djibouti
  • Support in value chains Development – tapping into natural wealth of Gambella & establishment of CBOs for promoting value chains in honey and shea butter production, processing and marketing
    Infrastructure development in the Gambella National Park

Based on the recommendations from evaluation of the first phase of the IGAD BMP, the EU has approved a second phase of BMP for 5 years (2021-2025) at a budget of 4.5 million euro, with main focus on the conservation and sustainable management of the hot spot transboundary

Boma-Gambella biodiversity.The Boma-Gambella landscape consists of a mosaic of interacting ecosystems on either side of the South Sudan-Ethiopia border. The landscape is globally renowned for its diverse wildlife populations and its rare and threatened species.

IGAD partners, and in particular the European Union, has been part of the solution, not only by financing the BMP, but also other IGAD programmes that impact biodiversity management positively. Such projects are related to water development, fisheries development and development of the blue economy in the region.

There are on-going projects in the area of transboundary water resources management that help to co-manage the biodiversity and fish resources of shared waters, development of regional forestry policy that ensure the sustainable management of terrestrial biodiversity and the IGAD regional Blue Economy Strategy that focuses on the ecosystem, the economy and the society.

 Currently a project proposal on enhancing the Blue Economy in IGAD coastal countries to protect marine biodiversity from pollution and other threats is under development with the support of Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The implementation of the project will lead to the sustainable development of the Blue Economy sectors, proper functioning of ecosystem and biodiversity, gender equality, increased socio-economic development, peace and security in the IGAD region, economic growth and increased resilience of the ecosystem and the communities.

Other partners such as Germany, USAID, Sweden, Canada, World Bank, AfDB, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, etc are providing support to IGAD in the implementation of the IGAD Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI)5. IDDRSI is an initiative to enhance resilience of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities against climate change and economic shocks through a number of regional priority interventions such as sustainable management of natural resources and the environment among others.

The region cannot afford to continue overlook this important global resource whose health is intimately tied to that of the local communities and national economies. Investing in biodiversity, conservation and sustainable practices is key for a peaceful and prosperous future for our region and beyond. At IGAD, we believe in sustainable biodiversity-based value chains, products and services to ensure a win-win situation on conservation and development.


1SDG: 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

2SDG: 15 Protect, restore & promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, & halt and reverse land degradation & halt biodiversity loss

3Regional Biodiversity Policy (2016)

4Regional Biodiversity Protocol (2017)

5Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (2013)


April 6- 8, 2021 (MOGADISHU, Somalia):  In preparation for the Regional Women’s Land Rights Conference scheduled for June 2021, the intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has supported the Member States to formulate their Women’s Land Rights Agenda as a commitment to addressing Women’s Land rights challenges in line with the AU Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in Africa.

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March 19, 2021 (MOMBASA, Kenya): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today convened the 7th meeting of the General Assembly of its Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) Platform in Mombasa, with the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and ASALs of Kenya, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, the Executive Secretary of the regional bloc, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, and the Minister of Agriculture of Sudan, H.E Eltahir Ismail Mohamed Harbi, presiding.  

The IDDRSI Platform General Assembly meeting was attended by officials from the ministries in charge of drought and related matters in IGAD Member States as well as senior representatives of development partners, some physically and others joined the meeting online. 

The 7th meeting of the IDDRSI General Assembly was centred around the theme Consolidating the Path to Resilience and Sustainability, coming almost two years after launching the second five-year phase in the implementation of the IDDRSI Strategy. 

In his opening remarks, the IGAD Executive Secretary described the regional bloc’s determination to ‘tackle the impact of disasters through preventative & pro-active measures’. ‘Our single greatest imperative at IGAD remains the urgent need to build the resilience of our communities to recurrent drought & similar shocks’, he explained. 

‘IDDRSI is the flagship mechanism through which countries of the IGAD region address the challenges, including poverty, food insecurity and environmental degradation, which are faced by vulnerable communities, particularly in cross-border areas, employing concerted and coordinated approaches’, Dr Workneh said. 

The Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and ASALs of Kenya noted with appreciation that the IGAD Secretariat had ‘initiated a number of cross-border drought resilience enhancing projects’ to mitigate conflicts that may arise from movements of pastoralists in search of water and pasture. Hon. Eugene Wamalwa extended appreciation to the development partners for ‘their continued support’ before declaring the meeting open. 

During the General Assembly, reports on the progress made in the implementation of IDDRSI, throughout the IGAD region, were presented by Member States; and there were statements from development partners on their respective contributions to the region’s drought resilience initiative. The meeting reviewed the progress, noted the challenges and discussed the plans and proposals for future interventions in the region’s efforts to consolidate its path to building resilience and attaining sustainability.   

 The General Assembly meeting closed with the adoption of the Communiqué herewith attached. 

The IDDRSI Platform General Assembly meets once a year and brings together all stakeholders involved in the drought resilience initiative, including Member States, IGAD Secretariat, Development Partners, UN agencies, Civil Society and specialised research and training institutions. The platform provides the opportunity and mechanism through which the needs and support for the region’s priorities for intervention in the drought resilience initiative can be discussed by affected countries and interested development partners. 

The partners of the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI), comprising IGAD Member States, Development Partners, East African Community, UN agencies, Non-state actors (NSAs) and the IGAD Secretariat, who are committed to the objective of ending drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa, held the 7th meeting of the IDDRSI Platform General Assembly on 19th March 2021 at  the  Sarova Whitesands  Beach  Resort,  Mombasa,  Kenya,  with  an  option  for online participation, for those that were unable to travel to Mombasa.

The meeting was opened by Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, Cabinet Secretary , Ministry of Devolution and ASALs in the Republic of Kenya; and was attended by Hon. Eltahir Ismail Mohamed Harbi, Minister of Agriculture the Republic of Sudan; Hon. Dr  Seyoum   Mesfine,  State   Minister  of  the  Peace  Ministry  of  the  Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia;  Mr. Ibrahim Elmi, representative of the Minister of  Agriculture,  Water,  Fisheries  Resources  and  Livestock  of  the  Republic  of Djibouti; H.E. Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, Executive Secretary of IGAD and Chairman of the IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee; and Members of the IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee.

Also in attendance online were representatives of the African Development Bank, World  Bank,  Sweden,  Germany,  Switzerland,  European  Union,  USAID,  East African  Community,  UN  Agencies  and  Members  of  the  IGAD  Civil  Society Organization Forum.

The  objective  of  the  meeting  was  to  review  the  progress  made  in  the  drought resilience  initiative,  assess  the  current  situation  in  the  region  and  consider  the recommendations  for  the  way  forward  as  we  seek  to  consolidate  the  path  to resilience and sustainability.

Recalling that the Summit of the Heads of State and Government, held in Nairobi, Kenya on 9th  September 2011, made the historic decision to embark on the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI); and charged the IGAD Secretariat with the responsibility to lead and coordinate the implementation of the decision to end drought emergencies.

Appreciating the efforts of Member States, IGAD Secretariat and the support of Development Partners for the progress achieved since the launching of IDDRSI in 2013,  including the establishment and operationalization of the IDDRSI Platform; the  development  of  the  IDDRSI  Strategy  and  its  translation  into  country  and regional programming frameworks, which have guided the interventions aimed at enhancing  drought  resilience;  and  the  various  efforts  made  by  IGAD  Member States and Development Partners that have contributed to the enhancement of drought resilience of the drought-prone communities in the IGAD region.

Noting that there is still much that needs to be done differently and innovatively, to guarantee the achievement of the goals of IDDRSI, particularly in view of the multiple shocks and disasters, which have become the new normal in the region, including  the  shifting  dynamics  of  conflict,  climate  change  phenomena  and economic shocks, food and nutrition insecurity, floods and the raging COVID-19 pandemic, which have worsened critical vulnerabilities and severely undermined the livelihoods of communities in the region

Appreciating the efforts made by IGAD Member States, coordinated by the IGAD Secretariat, in investing in resilience enhancement; and  gratefully acknowledge the support provided by the Development Partners in this endeavor

Now, we the Ministers, Government representatives, Development Partners and other stakeholders present, do hereby adopt the following communiqué:


  1. Call upon the IDDRSI Platform Members to focus on the principle of taking water to the people, including the development of large scale water supply and irrigation   infrastructures,   as   essential   components   in   the   design   and implementation      of integrated      community-based      resilience-enhancing interventions for sustainable livelihoods and food security


  1. Urge the IGAD Secretariat to lead efforts to mobilize support to operationalize and sustain the IGAD Cross-border Development Facilitation Unit at Moroto; as well as  establish  similar  units  in other  cross-border  areas  to  bolster  and consolidate  its  role  and  mandate  in  resilience  building  and  development endeavors for cross-border areas


  1. Request the IGAD Secretariat to document resilience-enhancing investments in the region that are funded by Member States and Development Partners for sharing with the IDDRSI Platform.


  1. Urge the IGAD Secretariat and Member States to mobilize buffer resources to fill funding gaps in resilience-enhancing projects in the IGAD region


  1. Encourage the IGAD Secretariat to operationalize and mobilize resources for the IGAD Disaster Response Fund (IDRF) as endorsed by the decision of the IGAD Heads of States and Government during the 38th Extra-ordinary Summit on 21st  December 2020; and coordinate with Member States to develop and implement  disaster  risk  financing  strategies  to  ensure  timely  and  effective response and recovery


  1. Call upon  the  IGAD  Secretariat  to  establish  the  IGAD  Disaster  Operations Centre that will house a situation room for a regional multi-hazard early warning system  and  coordinate  disaster  response  for  the  IGAD  region  as  per  the decision of the IGAD Heads of State and Government.


  1. Further call  upon  the  IGAD  Secretariat,  Member  States  and  Development Partners  to  develop  an  IGAD  Regional  Strategic  Food  Reserve  to  improve management of food crises, alongside IGAD Member States governments.


  1. Urge the IGAD Secretariat to establish an interregional coordination platform for desert locusts and other transboundary pests and vectors of disease.


  1. Urge the  IDDRSI  Platform  members  to  recognize  and  support  the  role  of national   institutions   and   apply   their   expertise   in   the   planning   and implementation of IDDRSI.

 10.Urge  the  IDDRSI  Platform  members  to  support  knowledge  sharing  and technology transfer to enable the scale up and adoption of technologies, best practices  and  approaches,  such  as  water,  feed  and  improved  breeds,  to increase and  optimize  safety nets for pastoral  and agro  pastoral production systems in the region

11.Call  upon  the  IGAD  Secretariat  and  Member  States  to  deepen  gender mainstreaming in the delivery of Country Programming Papers with technical reinforcement from the gender and resilience working group.  

12.Call upon the IGAD Secretariat, in consultation with IGAD Member States and Development  Partners,  to  organize  the  next  IGAD  Resilience  Summit  and Investment Conference during 2022, to mark the 10th  anniversary of IDDRSI and mobilize resources and mobilize resources for resilience enhancement in the IGAD region.

And remain committed and mobilized for the implementation of IDDRSI, in our collective   objective   of   ending   drought   emergencies   through   investing   in sustainability in the IGAD region.

Done at Mombasa, Kenya, 19th  March 2021.

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