Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the COMESA-EAC-SADC Region

At a glance

Duration
2010-07-01 to 2014-12-31
Status
Active programmes
Region
Africa
Country
Africa
South Africa
Angola
Botswana
Burundi
Comoros
Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The
Djibouti
Egypt
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Mauritius
Kenya
Lesotho
Madagascar
Malawi
Mozambique
Namibia
Uganda
Rwanda
Seychelles
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania, United Republic Of
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Partners
Climate Change Unit of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC), Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Total budget
4,45 M€
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The ESA-IO region is richly endowed with natural resources. However, most countries of the region lack the capacity to individually ensure the sustainability of resources. The need to develop common strategies and tools at regional level is therefore essential, even more so in the light of climate change.

At global level, the EU supports the implementation of the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) to help ACP regions and countries tackle better climate change as a challenge to their development, to enable them to improve the understanding of the effects of climate change and to contribute to adequate adaptation and mitigation responses. The GCCA rests on two complementary pillars: improved political dialogue on climate change and exchange of experiences in addressing its impact and concrete financial support for adaptation to the negative effects of climate change and for mitigation measures.

As part of this initiative, COMESA and the EU signed a €4 million "Climate change adaptation and mitigation programme" in 2010, which seeks to address impacts of climate change in the region through adaptation and mitigation actions, such as increased investments in climate resilient and carbon efficient agriculture, notably through conservation agriculture practices, forestry, land use and energy practices. This multi-donor programme, which also involves Norway, DFID and the Rockefeller Foundation, seeks to build negotiation capacity climate change and emissions trading.

Countries

The ESA-IO region is richly endowed with natural resources. However, most countries of the region lack the capacity to individually ensure the sustainability of resources. The need to develop common strategies and tools at regional level is therefore essential, even more so in the light of climate change.

GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Country groups
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
4,000,000.00 €

Overall objective

The overall objective is to address the impact of climate change in the COMESA-EAC SADC region through successful adaptation and mitigation actions, which also build economic and social resilience for present and future generations. The specific objective is to enable the COMESA-EAC-SADC Member States to increase the investments in climate resilient and carbon efficient agriculture and in the related areas of forestry, land use and energy practices.

The Programme's Seven Results Areas

  • Contribute to the adoption of key elements of the African Climate Solution and mainstreaming of climate change in national planning
  • Support member states to access adaptation funds and other climate change financing sources and mechanisms through national investment frameworks for climate adaptation in agriculture, forestry and other land uses
  • Enhance adoption of Climate Smart Conservation Agriculture in the COMESA-EAC-SADC region
  • Strengthen capacity for national research and training institutions and implementation of research programmes
  • Implement climate vulnerability assessments and analysis (directly implemented by SADC and directly funded by DfID)
  • Apply Mitigation solutions in the COMESA-EAC-SADC region with carbon trading benefits
  • Establish a regional catalytic facility to support investments in national climate smart agriculture programs



Objectifs spécifiques
  • A common African Climate Solution accepted by the global community
  • Adaptation funds accessed through national investment frameworks for climate adaptation in agriculture, forestry and other land uses
  • Climate resilient conservation agriculture widely adopted in the COMESA-EAC-SADC region
  • AFOLU and green energy mitigation solutions developed, applied and realized in the COMESA-EAC-SADC region with carbon trading benefits
  • PMUS and management (COMESA+EAC+SADC)



Produits
  • Improved consolidated, unified African Position on Climate Change; 
  • African Climate Solution adopted and reflected in the final Global Climate Change Agreement; 
  • Climate Change mainstreamed in national and regional agendas, plans and strategies at all levels;
  • Climate Change knowledge base and working knowledge networks generating usable data and analyses;
  • CA target groups identified and quantified in member states
  • Member states develop comprehensive CA Investment Frameworks;
  • CA investments made in member states through approved National Investment Frameworks;
  • General discussions, sharing of expectations of new intra-ACP programme, reflection on possible meaning and content of “regional approaches” in addressing climate change;
  • Supporting infrastructure and services for CA strengthened in region and member states;
  • AFOLU and green energy climate mitigation technologies and strategies developed, available and shared;
  • AFOLU and clean and renewable energy solutions are piloted and evaluated;
  • COMESA-EAC-SADC region benefiting from expanded carbon trading benefits.



Activités
  • Consolidation of the African Position through regional meetings
  • Training for African negotiators, engaging the media, supporting negotiating teams and delegations to UNFCCC meetings
  • Design of climate change mainstreaming strategies linked to existing frameworks
  • Curriculum development for schools, universities and technical education / Further supporting climate change knowledge 
  • Research activities in bio-carbon and other mitigation monitoring methodologies and practices
  • Collation, analysis and selection of CA target groups
  • Development and implementation of comprehensive CA Investment Frameworks at field level
  • Feasibility studies and selection of favoured regional and national CA technical Centres
  • Support to establishing functional regional and national CATCs
  • Crop and agro forestry seed demand, demand areas, supply capacities and sources established and reported
  • Mechanisms researched and implemented for improved seed multiplication
  • Support to CA technology research and development
  • Meteorological early warning and CA advisory services developed in the member states
  • GIS-based mapping and monitoring systems established or strengthened at regional and national Task Force levels
  • Development and implementation of AFOLU and green energy mitigation solutions in the COMESA-EAC-SADC region with carbon trading benefits.