EAC un­veils cli­mate data net­work in Morocco

East African Business Week - - EAC -

ARUSHA, TAN­ZA­NIA-- Jesca Eriyo, the EAC Deputy Sec­re­tary Gen­eral in charge of Fi­nance and Ad­min­is­tra­tion, has dis­closed that the re­gion is de­vel­op­ing a ro­bust cli­mate in­for­ma­tion net­work that bridges cli­mate ser­vice providers, pro­duc­ers and users.

The process in­volves part­ner­ships with key stake­hold­ers such as Fem­i­nine Early Warn­ing Sys­tem Net­work (FEWS NET), Re­gional Cen­tre for Map­ping of Re­sources for Devel­op­ment/servir, IGAD Cli­mate Pre­dic­tion and Ap­pli­ca­tion Cen­tre, through the sup­port of United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment (USAID).

Tak­ing part in a panel dis­cus­sion in a side event themed In­no­va­tive Adap­ta­tion: How African Lead­ers are Tap­ping State-of-the-art U.S. Cli­mate Sci­ence and Data to build re­silience or­ga­nized by Na­tional Aero­nau­tics and Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NASA) and United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment (USAID) at the US Cen­tre in the on­go­ing 22nd Ses­sion of the Con­fer­ence of Par­ties (COP22) to the United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change (UNFCCC) tak­ing place in Bab Ighli in Mar­rakesh, Morocco, Eriyo said the EAC is an agri­cul­tural econ­omy whereby about 80% of the pop­u­la­tion live in ru­ral ar­eas and de­pend on agri­cul­ture for their liveli­hoods.

“This il­lus­trates how the re­gional econ­omy is vul­ner­a­ble to cli­mate change and there­fore the need to im­ple­ment adap­ta­tion mea­sure,” she said.

She said on-go­ing cli­mate vul­ner­a­bil­ity and im­pacts as­sess­ment (VIA) study which seeks to cli­mate proof key pro­duc­tive sec­tors, pro­mote al­ter­na­tive liveli­hoods and in­form adap­ta­tion plan­ning.

The Deputy Sec­re­tary Gen­eral also ap­plauded the USAID Sup­port es­pe­cially un­der Feed the Fu­ture pro­gramme which is im­ple­mented in line with agri­cul­ture and food se­cu­rity ac­tion plan.

She said the USAID sup­ported in­ter­ven­tions seek to im­prove the pol­icy and reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment for agri­cul­tural trans­for­ma­tion and re­al­iza­tion of the EAC re­gional in­te­gra­tion agenda.

Eriyo listed some of the re­gional chal­lenges in adap­ta­tion pro­gram­ming, which in­clude, among oth­ers; weak in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­ity to as­sess vul­ner­a­bil­ity and im­ple­ment cli­mate change adap­ta­tion ac­tions, and in­ad­e­quate data/de­ci­sion-sup­port tools and frame­works for col­lab­o­ra­tive adap­ta­tion.

Other Pan­elists in­cluded Is­si­fou Al­fari from West Africa’s Agrom­e­te­o­rol­ogy, Hy­drol­ogy, and Me­te­o­rol­ogy (AGRHYMET) Cen­ter; Bi­rama Diarra from Mali’s Na­tional Direc­torate of Me­te­o­rol­ogy; and Fa­toumata NafoTraore from the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Red cross and Red Cres­cent So­ci­eties.

Dur­ing their stay in Mar­rakesh, Eriyo and her team held bi­lat­eral meet­ings with sev­eral Part­ners that in­cluded the Wash­ing­ton-based Adap­ta­tion Fund, and the Swiss-based In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture (IUCN).

She dis­cussed with the Adap­ta­tion Fund of­fi­cials the progress on EAC Ac­cred­i­ta­tion ap­pli­ca­tion. She also dis­cussed with the IUCN of­fi­cials ar­eas of deep­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two or­ga­ni­za­tions.

AM­BI­TIOUS: The pri­or­ity at the re­cently con­cluded Con­fer­ence of Par­ties (COP22) was to reach a uni­ver­sal deal for pro­tect­ing the cli­mate and steadily re­duc­ing those ac­tiv­i­ties that in­crease global warm­ing.

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