Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021

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.


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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October 11, 2021 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Director of the Agriculture and Environment Division, Mohamed Moussa, representing the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) inaugurated a workshop to launch an IGAD 'Blue Economy' project at the Sheraton Hotel in Djibouti.

The participants came from the 4 IGAD Member States (Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan) where this IGAD Blue Economy Project is to be implemented the coming three years with the financial support from Sweden. Regional Organizations such as Africa Union and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and other development partners also participated in the workshop. The inception workshop is combination of physical and virtual.
In his opening speech, Mr Mohamed Moussa, after thanking the many participants for their presence, also thanked Sweden took the “opportunity to thank the Government of Sweden for all the support provided to IGAD regional programmes and projects, and particularly for funding this first IGAD Blue Economy project.”
Mr Mohamed Moussa closed his speech by reaffirming the importance that IGAD attaches to the biodiversity sector and its preservation.
“I want to inform you that Blue Economy and Biodiversity is the top priority of IGAD and this is reflected well in the IGAD Regional Strategy 2021-2025. I would like to assure you that IGAD is committed to provide all the necessary support for the effective and timely implementation of this project”.

The objectives of the meeting are:

  • To introduce the project and present project operational work plans and implementation arrangements
  • To engage with participants to share knowledge and identify further potential for synergies or collaboration, with the aim of maximising the potential of achievingproject objectives while aligning with national and regional priorities.

The expected outcomes of the workshop are:

  • A shared understanding of the objectives, activities and implementation arrangements for the project
  • Potential synergy on-going regional and national projects on blue economy and related sectors.


IGAD signed a project (enhancing blue economy in the IGAD coastal member states for biodiversity conservations and livelihood diversification) aimed at promoting Blue Economy with funding from Sweden. The project will be implemented within three years in the four IGAD coastal Member Countries: Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan. The main objectives of the project include:

  • improve the governance of the Blue Economy in the IGAD region;
  • conduct marine biodiversity situation analyses;
  • develop/adopt tools for Blue Economy valuation;
  • make inventory of chemical and plastic pollutants from source to sea;
  • assess the impact of pollution (Plastic and chemical) and develop mitigation measures on aquatic biodiversity and ecosystems;
  • develop and apply tools to monitor and mitigate chemical and plastic pollutions in the concerned coastal member countries.

The project will include implementation of the IGAD BE Strategy, capacity building activities, analysis and exchange, as well as demonstration of activities in pilot sites, supporting all the participating countries in developing and applying best practice for linking management of biodiversity and related coastal ecosystems and livelihoods diversification.



September 22nd – 24th , 2021 (ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia): The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) with the support of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) convenes a meeting on Civil Society Engagement to Support Cross Border Land Governance Programming in Addis Ababa.

The purpose of the meeting is to strengthen regional convergence by improving land governance in the Somali Cluster through inclusive conflict sensitive land use and management. The Somali cluster covers Mandera County of Kenya, Somali Regional State of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, and Gedo region of Jubbaland State of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

The three days meeting brought together over 13 civil society organizations working in the Somali cluster specifically in the areas of Jigjiga, Dollo Ado, Dollo, Belet Hawa, and Mandera. The organizations present included: Save the Environment Ethiopia (SEE), Pastoralists Concern, OWDA and OPPD working in the Somali Regional State of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, ADA, SRDA, ADR, JUMAN, ADP and Kaalmo working in the Gedo Region, Jubbaland State of the Federal Republic of Somalia, and Mandera Women For Peace and Development, RECONCILE and CRDD working on the rangelands in the region.The CSOs shared their experiences and lessons on the cross border and identified plans and strategies to partner and collaborate with IGAD in improving land governance in the Cluster.

Speaking for IGAD Executive Secretary, Mr Mohamed Moussa, Director of Agriculture and Environment Division noted that “IGAD has embarked on new ways of work to build and strengthen its work with the Member States by ‘taking IGAD to the people.’ This calls for strategic partnerships with Member States and communities through civil society organizations”

He highlighted that “CSOs are important in promoting sustainable in-country interventions to promote people centered, conflict and gender sensitive land governance founded on the best practices espoused in the regional and international land policy frameworks. The CSOs are strategic in connecting and mobilizing communities and other actors to influence land governance. Today’s meeting is therefore signaling a start of a great journey to transform land governance in the IGAD clusters through multi-stakeholders’ approach”.

The overarching objective of the meeting was to help the IGAD Land Governance Program to achieve greater results and impacts by strengthening its mechanisms for participation and coordination with CSOs in implementing the Somali Cluster project. The specific objectives were two folds: Strengthen the IGAD Land Governance Program’s capacity to build cooperative working modalities with CSOs in the Somali cluster and promote staff interactions with CSOs in a way that enhances the Land Governance Program work and contributes to the effectiveness of the Somali Cluster land governance project.

The workshop developed a road map for October – December 2021 in terms of laying the foundation for partnerships and robust engagements in the project implementation. The CSOs developed areas of collaboration based on their mandates and competence. This is the first step towards developing strategic partnerships and mobilizing and connecting stakeholders in the cluster for gender and conflict transformative land governance. The next multi-stakeholders meeting on pastoralism and land governance is scheduled for December 2021.



September 6, 2021 (ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia): In conformity with the mandated objectives and guidelines of the E€OFISH programme, IGAD in partnership with ECOFISH held a workshop on 6 and 7 September in Addis Ababa, at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

About 30 participants attended the workshop. Fishery Director Generals, Directors and Fishery Senior Experts from IGAD Member States attended the workshop. There was also virtual participation of Ecofish Programme Management Unit Experts from Mauritius.

This 2-day workshop focused on finalizing the terms of reference, including the operational modalities of the IGAD Fisheries Coordination Platform (IFCP) within the ECOFISH programme guidelines.

In his opening speech, H. E. Dr. Fikru Regassa, State Minister of Ministry of Agriculture (Ethiopia) noted that the inland and marine coastal fisheries resources of the Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region represent significant natural wealth and that the ECOFISH strives to ensure the sustainable management of these assets by putting in place policies to handle them effectively, and protecting promoting through good fishing practices.

Dr. Eshete Dejen, Ag. Programme Manager of Environment Protection made welcome remarks on behalf of lGAD. He stated that IGAD is a frontline implementer of Ecofish Programme.

The proposed IGAD sub-regional platform is intended to complement the endeavors of the Marine Fisheries Work Plan Steering Committee of the Ecofish Programme to ensure seamless collaboration and partnership among IGAD member countries. The IGAD Fisheries Coordination Platform is proposed to be implemented based on a proper consultative and participatory approach.


The E€OFISH Programme is a Cross-Regional Initiative funded by the 11th EDF to leverage regional cooperation for enhancing sustainable inland and marine fisheries in Eastern African, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean (EA-SA-IO) region. The programme is promoted and administered by EUD Mauritius and IOC Secretariat in collaboration with the duly mandated regional economic and fisheries organizations (DMROs)for the benefits of the ACP partner countries in the region. It has a total budget of 28 million euros over 62 months starting that started in July 2019, however, its implementation has been delayed by the social restrictions provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.

Several objectives are fixed and consist of to assist in the strategic orientation of sub-regional and national chapter of the regional interventions and to provide inputs for the formulation of Concept Notes and Terms of Reference for Technical studies, background papers and Agenda for the sub-regional meetings and workshops.





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