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  1. 1. 0 CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND AFRICAN AGRICULTURE GRANTEE CONVENING 24-25 February 2011 Project Name: Capacity Development for Eastern and Southern African Countries to Climate Change Protection and adaptation Grantee : COMESA Presenter : Dr. George Wamukoya
  2. 2. 1 Brief Background of the Institution • The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is one of the 8 Regional Economic Communities of the African Union. • It has 19 Member States - Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, DR Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  3. 3. 2 Your other projects/programs on climate change adaptation • COMESA/EAC/SADC Upscaling Climate resilient agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa region
  4. 4. 3 Objectives of the Rockefeller Foundation Grant • Support and strengthen African Group of Negotiators capability to participate effectively in the ongoing post 2012 climate change regime negotiations. • Initiate early action on Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Readiness. • Institutional strengthening.
  5. 5. 4 Key Activities Related to the Grant • Facilitate and provide technical support to the African negotiators. • Collate and document existing AFOLU related activities and identify community adaptive responses that could be shared and applied to build resilience to climate change from the bottom up. • Initiate scaling up of AFOLU adaptive responses at the community level, incorporating MRV parameters, in each of the target countries. • support sub-regional cross learning of best practices in climate change adaptation strategies, practices and mentoring. • Provide support to the work of the climate advisor at the COMESA Secretariat.
  6. 6. 5 Highlight on the Progress to date • Strengthening of Common African Position on agriculture, forestry and other land use in international climate change negotiations. • Stocktaking and documentation of stakeholders and actor-oriented perspectives for analyzing sustainable agriculture, conservation agriculture and sustainable land management best practices in 5 countries - Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. • Initiation of early action in AFOLU Readiness in Kenya and Zambia by getting the money direct to the beneficiary community Groups.
  7. 7. 6 Early Findings (optional) • Increased interest on inclusion of agriculture in the post 2012 climate change international regime. • Increased carbon projects in AFOLU. • Countries willingness to put in place a comprehensive framework for implementing adaptation and mitigation actions.
  8. 8. 7 Key Challenges • Integration of climate change across sectors. • Involvement of parliamentarians in climate change issues. • Fragmented adaptation and mitigation actions being implemented. • Low adaptive capacity in all the Member States.
  9. 9. 8 Lessons Learnt • The need to deal with cooperative sectoral approaches separately. • Because of the special nature of agriculture, its current treatment in ongoing negotiations under mitigation undermines its importance in relation to adaptation and food security. • Climate change information and knowledge is highly fragmented making it difficult to support policy and decision making. • Countries are implementing adaptation and mitigations in a highly fragmented manner with little impact to show for the investment..
  10. 10. 9 Emerging Opportunities for Collaboration • Upscaling of farmer helpline • Harnessing national and regional think tanks on climate change
  11. 11. 10 Next steps • Strengthening common African position in the international climate change leading to the seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) in Durban, South Africa – December 2011. • Assist countries to formulate and implement climate change response strategies and action plans to enhance integrated approach to investment in adaptation actions and NAMAs. • Enhancing investment in early actions in agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) readiness using market and non-market funds.
  12. 12. 11 Status of Agriculture in Negotiations • Agriculture is not part of the Cancun Agreements. • This implies that agriculture is not part of the agenda for the COP17, Durban, South Africa – December 2011. • However, Parties bring agriculture back into the agenda through submission at the fourteenth AWG LCA session scheduled for 3-8 April 2011. • During the opening session, Parties may raise the issue under the agenda item OTHER MATTERS. • COMESA and a several Parties are working on submission that will ensure that agriculture is brought back on the table.
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