Friday, 24 03th 2017

As a major approach of promoting strategic partnership and alliances, IGAD and IUCN established a biennial meeting of directors of conservation related ministries and finance related ministries from the member states. The first such forum was held in Mombasa, Kenya in 2007 where very important recommendations were made. The Entebbe conference like the previous one in Mombasa offered rare opportunity for high level consultations between the people who control the funds (Finance and Planning) and those who manage the natural resources (Directors of Conservation). These policy  and decision makers have at all times in this forum confirmed that they rarely meet at country level to discuss natural resources utilization although it is the backbone of their economies.

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UNESCO has initiated network Integrated Shared Aquifer Resource Management (ISARM) in many regions in the world.  In Africa there are the ISARM SADC, ISARM West Africa initiatives that were launched earlier. Following up the success of these ISARM initiatives and having a dire need to expand these efforts to Eastern Africa, the ISARM- IGAD initiative was launched during this meeting on 23-25 March 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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In October 20-26, 2008 the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) facilitated a tour of IGAD parliamentarians and journalists to the drylands of Kenya, to learn firsthand from local communities about the challenges and successes in conservation and sustainable livelihood development. The tour was organised in partnership with the Kenyan Arid Lands Resource Management Project (ALRMP) and the Centre for Minority Rights and Development (CEMIRIDE). The group of Members of Parliament from IGAD countries accompanied by media people visited Naibunga conservancy in Laikipia North district, Kalama Community conservancy in Samburu East District and Gubadida village in Garbatula District. There was general consensus that values and other services in the arid and semi arid lands are not understood making their potential utilisation minimum. The eight MPs from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia said the tour had a profound effect on their understanding of conservation issues among communities living in dry areas.

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The strategy document is composed of four main sections. Section One introduces an overview of the profile of the IGAD region highlighting the economic and social conditions. Section Two contains the situational analysis. It gives a brief overview of the state of the environment and natural resources in the region and an outline of the evolution of environment and natural resources policy and strategy making at IGAD. The section highlights the main environmental and natural resources management challenges but at the same time provides an insight into some of the opportunities presented by the region’s endowment of environmental and natural resources goods and services.

 

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