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BIOPAMA

Call for Expressions of Interest

to host the BIOPAMA Regional Resource Hub for Biodiversity and Protected Areas in Eastern and Southern Africa

BIOPAMA is seeking a suitable host organisation for the BIOPAMA Regional Resource Hub for Biodiversity and Protected Areas in Eastern and Southern Africa. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, regionally active organisation that shares the mission of BIOPAMA and is interested in becoming part of, and helping to shape, the development of the Regional Resource Hub and supporting the delivery of its core functions.

BIOPAMA is a collaborative programme that aims to improve the long-term conservation of biodiversity in Eastern and Southern Africa by promoting the use of the best available science and knowledge and building capacity to strengthen policy and decision-making on biodiversity conservation and protected areas management and governance (terrestrial and marine). Towards this aim, the Regional Resource Hub is being established to enable the provision of relevant information and decision-support tools, to promote and facilitate exchange of information with a variety of end users (esp. decision-makers and protected area managers and practitioners).  It is also intended to facilitate capacity development, as well as the exchange and improvement of knowledge about biodiversity conservation and protected area issues and responses.

The objective of this call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) is to identify organisations in the region that have an interest in hosting the Regional Resource Hub and that share the vision of BIOPAMA for Eastern and Southern Africa.  IUCN and EC-JRC (European Commission Joint Research Centre) will use the submissions as a basis for selecting a host organisation and for negotiating a hosting agreement for the establishment and implementation of the Regional Resource Hub.

The hosting arrangement will be formalised through the conclusion of an Agreement between IUCN and the hosting organisation, initially for two years with potential to extend this into a second phase based on an evaluation of progress in the first two years. 

Expressions of Interest should be submitted by midnight (Pretoria, South Africa time) on Sunday, 25th November 2018

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Hon. Keriako Tobiko, CBS, SC., Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Nairobi, Kenya;

Ministerial Session of the 6th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Environment and Natural Resources Management called off in Arusha

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 28th September, 2018: The Ministerial Session of the 6th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Environment and Natural Resources Management (6th SCENR) was today called off due to lack of quorum at the EAC Headquarters.

The Rules of Procedure for the Council of Ministers provide that quorum of the meeting of the Council is all Partner States’ representation. The representation at the Ministerial Session of the Council requires a Minister or Ministers designated by that Partner State. 

When the meeting convened at the Ministerial level to receive the Report of the Coordination Committee this afternoon, it was realized that there were no Ministers from some Partner States to attend the Meeting hence the call off. The Secretariat is consulting with the Partner States on when to convene the Ministerial Session either by video conferencing or face to face meeting.

The objective of the 6th Meeting of the Sectoral Council on Environment and Natural Resources Management was to review progress and provide policy guidance on the implementation of Environment and Natural Resource Management matters within the Community.

The meeting was specifically to consider the implementation status of previous Decisions and Directives of the Sectoral Councils/Councils on the environment and natural resources management; Policy, Legal and Institutional Frameworks matters including the Protocol on Environment and Natural Resources Management.

Also on the agenda was the Terrestrial Ecosystems matters; Aquatic Ecosystems matters; Pollution Control matters; Climate Change matters; and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management matters.

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For more information, please contact:

Mr Owora Richard Othieno
Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 784 835021
Email: OOthieno [at] eachq.org

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of five Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. 

The EAC Secretariat is ISO 9001:2008 Certified

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

RCMRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2018

THEME: "Space Science for Sustainable Development"

15 - 17 AUGUST 2018, NAIROBI, KENYA

Audience

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resource for Development, mandated to promote sustainable development in the member States through generation, application and dissemination of geo-information and allied ICT technologies, products and service covering entire range of goals as stipulated in the sustainable development goals.

We are offering with a splendid chance to present your work to an international audience. The presenters can be professionals and practitioners in the public and private sectors including academicians, surveyors, engineers, researchers, scientists, planners, policy makers, utility data providers, analyst working in industries, universities and research organizations who have common interest of engaging geo-information and communication technologies in meeting their operational and business goals,

We invite abstracts in any of thematic areas, displayed on the right, indicating which sustainable development goal your work is addressing.

Call for Papers

Papers are invited on the wide range of topics as outlined. Presenters should submit an abstract of not more than 500 words in length with a maximum of five keywords, which includes the following items:

  • Title of the paper
  • Author's name (s) and affiliation
  • Email contact address
  • Keywords and the abstract content

Note: The contents of the abstract should clearly state the objectives, methodology, results and conclusions of the work described in the final paper. Final acceptance will be issued based on the compressed full length paper.

Kindly refer to the abstract guidelines document

Paper Submission

It is important that all submitted papers focus on the conference theme and topics. Other related topics can be proposed, but it is suggested to contact the organizing committee beforehand. All papers are to be submitted through the following e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Abstract Presentation Guidelines

The extended abstract should be limited to 500 words in length describing the objectives, results, conclusions and significance of your work (relevant artwork can be embedded). Posters can also be presented during the conference based on the acceptance of the extended abstract. Submission deadline is 30th April 2018.

Building Enviroment and Natural Resources Management Resilience in East Africa

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, 2nd March, 2018:

The East African Community (EAC) Secretariat in collaboration with the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), held Regional Learning Event and Investors Forum/Donors Roundtable on Environment and Natural Resources Management under the theme: Building Resilience in East Africa: Bridging the Gaps in Policy & Practice at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.                                                                                                       

The forum showcased the EAC’s regional priority programs in environment and natural resources management including climate change adaptation; biodiversity conservation; water, sanitation and hygiene; and transboundary water resources management.

The forum brought together regional and national practitioners, policy makers, researchers, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, regional intergovernmental organizations, private sector representatives and development partners from the EAC region. Participants explored these themes with objective of stimulating concrete and practical actions that will impact the most vulnerable ecosystems and societies

Addressing the forum Forum/Donors Roundtable the EAC Secretary General Amb. Liberat Mfumukeko commended the fundamental support from USAID extended towards different sectors including Trade and Investment, Agriculture, Energy, Health and institutional strengthening.

He said for the last 5 years EAC has been collaborating with USAID through different projects and programs including the Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED)

I would wish to emphasize that sustainability and scaling up of PREPARED achievements is very key and is one of the reasons why we are gathered here today’’

On his part, Mr. Brad Arsenault, Deputy Chief, USAID Kenya and East Africa said the U.S. Government, through USAID, focuses on the sustainable management of the region’s rich natural resources as a driver for socio-economic growth and sustainable development. Our joint commitment to managing natural resources is critical," explained USAID’s Acting Director.

Mr. Brad pledged USAID’s commitment to support the strong strategic leadership by the EAC and maintaining the collaborative management structures to ensure the management and conservation of transboundary natural resources.

Notes to Editors

 ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

 USAID’s PREPARED program is implemented by six regional partners including the EAC, LVBC, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC), Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET), Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and Tetra Tech ARD. The program seeks to mainstream climate-resilient development planning and program implementation into regional and national development agendas.

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For more information, please contact:

Mr Owora Richard Othieno
Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 784 835021
Email: OOthieno [at] eachq.org

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of five Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. 

The EAC Secretariat is ISO 9001:2008 Certified

A group photo opportunity during the opening of the Regional Learning Event and Investor Forum on Environment and Natural Resources Management

Regional Learning and Investor Forum on Environment and Natural Resources Management Opens in Arusha

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, 1st  March , 2018:​ 

A Regional Learning Event and Investor Forum on Environment and Natural Resources Management under the theme Building resilience in East Africa: Bridging the Gaps in Policy and Practice is underway at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The two-day forum being organized by the East African Community Secretariat in collaboration with the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) with the financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provides an interactive space to promote networking, stimulate actions, and facilitate experiential learning that supports resilience, linking local level initiatives with those at regional and national levels.

The overall objective of the event is to showcase EAC priority programs in Environment and Natural Resources on climate change; biodiversity conservation; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and transboundary water resources management.

Reading the speech of the EAC Secretary General, Amb Liberat Mfumukeko during the official opening session,  the Director of Productive Sector, at the EAC Secretariat, Mr. Jean Baptiste Havugimana said the Community is facing numerous environmental challenges that undermine regional efforts in improving the quality of life of citizens and attaining sustainable development objectives.Some of those challenges are but not limited to: pollution, desertification, deterioration of aquatic and fresh water ecosystems, disasters, climate change and serious biodiversity losses.

Mr. Havugimana disclosed that at the regional level, the EAC Secretariat and Lake LVBC have been implementing a good number of projects and programmes with a view to conserving and protecting the region’s environment and natural capital against all forms of pollution and degradation arising from sustainable natural events (extreme weather conditions for example: EL NINO and LA NINA) as well as human induced disasters and developmental activities.

He  said  for the region to build on the momentum of work that has been carried out particularly in the last five years under the USAID/KEA funded PREPARED Program, there is a need for a critical assessment of the  past performances, draw lessons and identify offered opportunities to stimulate future actions that can allow achievement of quick wins and facilitate pragmatic learning that supports resilience, linking local level initiatives with those at regional and national levels.

At the same occasion, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Lake Victoria Basin Commission in charge of Programmes and Projects, Mr Telly Eugene Muramila said the region is facing a number of environmental challenges similar to the other blocs and to mention one challenge – is the increasing demand for water, driven by population pressure, rapid industrialization, and agricultural intensification.

Mr, Muramila, who was speaking on behalf of Dr. Ali Said Matano, the Executive Secretary of LVBC, informed the participants  at the forum that PREPARED Program with other Partners in the region since 2012 has been addressing so many environmental challenges on climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation and improved water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), which are high priorities for both the US Government and the EAC.

He further explained that over the past five years, LVBC and PREPARED have worked to enhance the resiliency of institutions in East Africa to provide water, supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. “To achieve this goal, the PREPARED Program focused on improving the quality of service delivery among water utilities and reducing non-revenue water (NRW) rates”, added Mr Muramila.

On his part, Mr. Brad Arsenault, Deputy Chief, USAID Kenya and East Africa pledged the commitment of the United States Government to continue supporting East African-led strategic priorities for biodiversity conservation, water resource management, and combatting wildlife trafficking.

He however, called for the Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development, better known as PREPARED.

The two-day forum is characterized by plenary and keynote sessions, thematic discussions, and practitioner exhibitions.

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For more information, please contact:

Mr Owora Richard Othieno
Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 784 835021
Email: OOthieno [at] eachq.org

About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of five Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. 

The EAC Secretariat is ISO 9001:2008 Certified


East African Community
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United Republic of Tanzania

Tel: +255 (0)27 216 2100
Fax: +255 (0)27 216 2190
Email: eac@eachq.org