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COMESA-EAC-SADC Climate Change Tripartite Programme

About the Project

Background

COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Eastern and Southern Africa was launched on 5th December 2011, in Durban South Africa during the 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The overall objective of the programme is to address the impact of climate change through successful adaptation and mitigation actions aimed at building socio-economic resilience of communities through climate-smart agriculture. The programme seeks to increase investments in climate resilient and carbon efficient agricultural practices and strengthen linkages between agriculture, forestry, and other land uses (AFOLU) and renewable energy practices among the Member and Partner States. Funded through multi-donor financial commitment from the Government of Norway; the European Union Commission; and the Government of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, the programme is being implemented over a five-year period. The programme aims to support the inclusion of Africa's consolidate and unified position on climate change into the post-2012 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) global agreement to unlock resources for promoting strategic interventions that sustain productivity and livelihood improvements for millions of climate-vulnerable people in the region. The programme's main objective is to "address the impacts of climate change whilst building economic and social resilience for present and future generations". Its key interventions are to ensure the inclusion of sustainable agriculture and land use practices, forestry, biodiversity conservation and maintenance of environmental services in the post Kyoto Climate Change regime. The COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation also complements and supports other programmes and projects in the SSA region aimed at scaling up Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) and Conservation Agriculture (CA). This will bring significant livelihood and food security benefits to at least 1.2 million small-scale and farm family farmers through the application of well-tested CSA that combines crop production with agroforestry and livestock management.

Project Goal

Consistent with the COMESA-EAC-SADC Programme objective, the overall goal of the project is to ensure that the 'impacts of climate change in the COMESA-EAC-SADC region are addressed through successful adaptation and mitigation actions which will also build economic and social resilience for present and future generations'.

Project objectives

Within the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) will contribute to and is responsible for the following components under specific objectives 1, 2 and 4 as follows:
  • Specific Objective 1: To ensure that the African Climate Solution is accepted by the global community and Climate Change mainstreamed in national planning,
  • Specific Objective 2: To 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, and
  • Specific Objective 4: To strengthen capacity for national research and training institutions and implementation of research programmes.

FANRPAN's Role in the programme is focused on

  • Supporting advocacy on a consolidated and unified African Position on climate change
  • Promoting policy Dialogue among member state to develop sustainable finance mechanism that attract private sector investment in CSA

Expected Outcome

  • Enhanced engagement of CSOs including women and youth in CSA policy decisions and processes
  • Creation of awareness on the need for a consolidated and unified African position on climate change
  • Creation of a critical mass of CSA champions and advocates
  • Enhanced policy dialogue on developing sustainable domestic climate financing processes

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