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The financing agreement for the implementation of the IGAD Thema of the AMESD programme has been signed on the 11th May 2010 by Professor L. Ogallo, ICPAC Director, at the headquarter of the AMESD programme in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

This signature marks the official start of the 3 years grant, up to the 10th May 2013. The ceremony was attended by representatives from the IGAD, the African Union Commission, the EU delegation to the AUC and the AMESD Programme coordination Team.

The objective of the African Monitoring of the Environment for Sustainable Development (AMESD) Project (funded by the European Development Fund) is to
enhance monitoring for sustainable management of the environment thereby contributing to poverty alleviation.

Within the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region, the activities will be focusing on the assessment and monitoring of land degradation and natural habitats for sustainable land management. The Regional Implementation Centre, the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), a specialized institution providing climate information, prediction and early warning for applications in support of environmental management, is responsible for the overall management of the Thema and for developing the Natural Habitat Conservation (NHC) service. The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) will be developing the Land Degradation assessment service.

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