Climate Change is Destructive to EAC Economic Development

Submitted by webmaster on Mon, 05/27/2019 - 10:28
Members of Coordination Comittee of 20th SECOM, 23rd May 2019, Kisumu, Kenya

Members of Coordination Comittee of 20th SECOM, 23rd May 2019, Kisumu, Kenya

 

The host of the Coordination Committee for 20th Meeting of the Sectoral Council of Ministers for Lake Victoria Basin (20th SECOM), Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Principal Secretary State Department of East African Community and Regional Development urged delegates from EAC Partner States to  operationalize climate adaptation and mitigation measures to reverse climate change negative impacts in Lake Victoria Basin.

 

She made the remarks during the 20th SECOM at the opening of the meeting for members of the Coordination Committee of the Meeting of the Sectoral Council of Ministers for Lake Victoria Basin held 23nd March 2019 in Kisumu, Kenya.  Coordination Committee comprises Principal and Permanent Secretaries of the Meeting of the Sectoral Council of Ministers for Lake Victoria—a policy making forum of the East African Community (EAC).

 

In her statement, the Principal Secretary, Dr. Margaret Mwakima, remarked: “We have suffered consequences of climate change such as drought and floods which have led to loss of lives, disruption of livelihoods and our infrastructure.” She added that delayed rains in the month of March and April in some parts of Kenya affected planning for agricultural activities in Kenya and in other EAC Partner States.

 

Dr. Mwakima contends, adoption of climate adaption, mitigation measures across all EAC Partner States and other stakeholders will enhance community resilience to climate change. She implored the 20th SECOM to make policies geared towards integrating climate resilience in programmes and projects coordinated by Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC).

 

LVBC Executive Secretary, Dr. Ally Said Matano outlined to delegates key milestones that the organization has achieved, the status of implementation of the previous decisions and directives, challenges and way forward. Among the solutions Dr. Matano suggested included, but not limited to strengthening cooperation, linking environmental interventions with economic benefits at community levels of the EAC Partner States for greater citizen ownership and sustainability. Matano’s recommendations resonated with Green Growth Economic model which continues to feature in most forums in EAC Partner States.

 

Dr. Matano also proposed infusing political commitments into programmes and projects implementation as a strategic pathway to realizing intended objectives of programmes and projects specifically focused on climate adaptations or with integral components of mitigation and resilience in Lake Victoria Basin. He also proposed acknowledging existing challenges and having a solution-oriented dialogue.

 

The Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, East African Community, Hon. Christophe Bazivamo, cited some of the EAC legal and policy frameworks reflecting high level commitments to sustainably manage environment in EAC Partner States. For instance, Bazivano reiterated the commitment of the Summit to orient regional efforts towards a business-driven and people-centered EAC integration agenda. He also underscored the importance of developing sustainable industrial growth as an integral solution to environmental and economic challenges in the Lake Victoria Basin.

 

Rwanda’s Permanent Secretary for Environment, Fatina Mukarubibi, the chairperson for the Coordination Committee emphasized the strategic function of SECOM, specifically providing the overall policy guidance and guiding the implementation of programmes and projects coordinated by Lake Victoria Basin Commission. She also recommended carrying out mapping of regional environmental initiatives to determine gaps on ground and come up with focused interventions for greater impacts. “The Coordination Committee of SECOM is a strong foundation upon which regional interventions are based,” she remarked.

 

 



programs

  • alt

    EPSGG-LVB

    Engaging Private Sector for Green Growth in Lake Victoria Basin (EPSGG-LVB) Project is a regional project of LVBC implemented by the commission through the National Cleaner Production Centres of Kenya…
  • Youth Celebrating the 3rd Mara Day in Narok County, Kenya

    PREPARED

    Youth Celebrating the 3rd Mara Day in Narok County, Kenya   The Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) is a medium-term, mu…
  • Water intake for Sengerema Town Water Treatment Plant, the United Republic of Tanzania

    LVWATSAN II

    Youth Celebrating the 3rd Mara Day in Narok County, Kenya   Lake Victoria Water Supply and Sanitation (LVWATSAN II) is the programme of the East African Community (EAC), coordinated by Lake Victor…
  • WIMA Memebers of Women In Modern Agriculture at a farm in Rarieda Sub-county, Siaya County Kenya

    LVEMP II

    WIMA Members of Women In Modern Agriculture at a farm in Rarieda Sub-county, Siaya County Kenya    Lake Victoria Management Project (LVEMP II) is an East African Community (EAC) Project, coordinat…
  • Educating on better farming approaches

    PHE

      Population, Health and Environment (PHE) is an approach to development that integrates health and environmental conservation initiatives in order to seek synergistic successes for greater conservat…

Events

  • Senior Officials Session of SECOM Kicks off in Entebbe, Uganda

    The 19th SECOM Kicks off in En…

        The 19th SECOM Kicks off in Entebbe, Republic of Uganda The Senior Officials Session of the Sectoral Council of Ministers for Lake Victoria Basin (SECOM) kicked off, 18th June 2018 at Protea H…
  • Regional Population, Health & Environment Symposium 2017

    Regional Population, Health…

    Regional Population, Health & Environment Symposium 2017 - ENDED Dates  : 27th - 28th September, 2017 Venue : Imperial Golf View Hotel, Station Road Entebbe, Central Region, Entebbe, Uganda The …
  • lvbcon 2017

    LVBCON 2017

    Introduction   EAC Partner States through the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) plan to hold a research/scientific conference that will be held in Mwanza, Tanzania on the 15th – 16th February,…
  • Regional Population, Health & Environment Symposium 2017

    Regional Population, Health…

    Regional Population, Health & Environment Symposium 2017 Dates  : 27th - 28th September, 2017 [ENDED] Venue : Imperial Golf View Hotel, Station Road Entebbe, Central Region, Entebbe, Uganda Th…
  • lvwatsan

    LVWATSAN PROJECT LAUNCH | 12/5…

    Lake Victoria Basin covers an area of 250,000 km2 with the lake taking 68,000  km2. The basin has a population of 35 - 40 million people, with rapidly growing secondary towns, which has resulted in:  …

news

  • LVBC-SWP Team, in the Centre is Dr. Rodolfo Camacho, SWP USAID-Grantee

    LVBC-SWP Commend Partnership O…

    LVBC-SWP Team, in the Centre is Dr. Rodolfo Camacho, SWP USAID-Grantee, 22nd July 2019   Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) and Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP)  have commended outcomes from t…
    Read More
  • LVBC and Work Bank Team Discus…

      The team from Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) and Work Bank on 19th July 2019 held wide-ranging discussions centered on enhancing regional initiatives geared towards Green Growth through Priv…
    Read More
  • WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT OFF…

    EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY LAKE VICTORIA BASIN COMMISSION Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) is a specialized Institution of the East African Community (EAC) established by the EAC Partner States t…
    Read More
  • WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT OFF…

    EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY LAKE VICTORIA BASIN COMMISSION   Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) is a specialized Institution of the East African Community (EAC) established by the EAC Partner State…
    Read More
  • WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT OFF…

    EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY LAKE VICTORIA BASIN COMMISSION Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) is a specialized Institution of the East African Community (EAC) established by the EAC Partner States t…
    Read More
  • The 20th SECOM, Acacia Premier Hotel, Kisumu, Kenya, 24th May 2019

    Meeting Present Needs without…

    The 20th SECOM, Acacia Premier Hotel, Kisumu, Kenya, 24th May 2019   The Chairperson of the 20th Meeting of the Sectoral Council of Ministers for Lake Victoria Basin (20th SECOM), Dr. Vincent Biruta…
    Read More


SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER



Find Us

Submitted by admin on Sat, 10/29/2016 - 21:39

East African Community,
Lake Victoria Basin Commission,
Off Kenyatta Highway,
New Nyanza Regional Headquarters,
13TH FLOOR,
P.O BOX 1510-40100,
Kisumu, Kenya
Tel:   +254 57 202 6344,
        +254 57 202 3873,
        +254 57 202 3894,
Fax: +254 57 202 6324
Email: lvbc@lvbcom.org