Dr. Ally-Said Matano(LVBC ES) consulting with Mr. Thomas Lerekoiten, Deputy Director for Climate Change, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Rep. of Kenya, Four Points Hotel, Dar Es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, 26th May 2021.
The Meeting of the Regional Technical Working Group on Climate Change and Disaster Risks Reductions held in Tanzania’s Capital—Dar Es Salaam, May, 26th-28th 2021, recommended that Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) to coordinate transfer and adoption of adaptation to climate change technologies in the EAC Partner States. EAC Partner States: Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda are at different stages of implementation of Adapting to Climate Change in Lake Victoria Basin Project.
The meeting held in accordance with the EAC Calendar of activities was attended by technical teams from six EAC Partner States, LVBC, EAC Secretariat and the news media. “There is limited understanding of the nexus between climate change, disasters, displacements, conflicts and migration in Partner States,” the report from the meeting observed.
In line with the above observation, the meeting thus recommended, “the EAC Disaster Risks Reduction Strategy should strengthen the understanding of the nexus between climate change, disaster, displacement, conflicts, migration and security.” Other adopted recommendations included, but not limited to: ACC-LVB Project should promote measures and initiatives geared at reducing vulnerabilities to the negative effects of climate change in Lake Victoria and the EAC and LVBC to promote ecosystem-based adaptation technologies in a bid to strengthen resilience in the region.
Dr. Ally-Said Matano, LVBC Executive Secretary qualified the quality of the meeting and quantity of the outputs as an illustration of the sustained commitments in addressing climate change, disasters and hazards in the region. “Climate change and disaster risks undermine the efforts to improve the quality of life citizens and the process of attaining the sustainable development objectives,” Dr. Matano said. He emphasized the need for the EAC Partner States to cooperate and coordinate their policies and action plans for adaptation to climate change and disaster reduction strategies.
Ms Eugenia Mwesiumo from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Republic of Tanzania (the host of the meeting) also reiterated the need for harmonization of policies and strategies to reduce climate change and disasters in Lake Victoria Basin.
In the meeting several outputs for ACC-LVB Projects were shared for generation of inputs from scores of technical experts from EAC Partner States. Examples included: EAC Disaster Reduction and Management Strategy, Concept Note for Climate Adaptation, Communication Plan for ACC-LVB Project, Communication and Advocacy Plan for EU Funded Project, the Stakeholders Engagement Strategy, among others.
Members of the Technical Working Group took note of the status of the implementation for Adapting to Climate Change in Lake Victoria Basin and applauded the progress. As a demonstration of regional coherence and consensus, all six members of the EAC Partner States signed the end of meeting report spelling out agreed upon recommendations and delivery timelines.