In January 2007 at the AU summit, Heads of State and Government acknowledged the seriousness of challenges posed by Climate Change in Africa, and agreed on the need to mainstream Climate Change adaptation and mitigation into their development plans. Subsequently, in 2009 at another AU summit in Sirte, Libya, the Heads of State and Government endorsed the African Common Position on Climate Change and also endorsed the decision by African Agriculture Ministers on the development of an African Framework on Climate Adaptation in the Agricultural sector. Consequently, COMESA, EAC and SADC are implementing a joint initiative called ‘The African Solution’ to address Climate Change. This approach is called the Tripartite Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.
The programme is being funded by Norway, DFID and the European Union and is a five year initiative that started in 2010.
To ensure the impacts of Climate Change in the COMESA- EAC-SADC region are addressed through successful adaptation and mitigation actions which also build economic and social resilience for present and future generations.
- To ensure that the African Climate Solution is accepted by the global community and Climate Change mainstreamed in national planning.
- 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.
- To enhance adoption of Climate-Smart Conservation Agriculture in COMESA-EAC-SADC region.
- To strengthen capacity in national research and training institutions and implementation of research programs.
- To implement climate vulnerability assessments and Analysis
- To apply Mitigation solutions in the COMESA-EAC-SADC region with carbon trading benefits
- To establish a regional catalytic facility to support investments in national climate smart agriculture programs
The SADC Tripartite Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation is only implementing Objectives 1,2,3,4 and 6.
Key Thematic Areas/Programme Priorities:
The programme will strive to enhance policy on Climate Change/Climate Smart Agriculture at regional level and assist member states to draft Climate Change Response strategies and investment frameworks.
The programme will establish Climate Smart Agriculture investment frameworks that will enhance knowledge on domestic financing.
Promote Climate Smart Agriculture among farmers and national taskforces and enhance their ICT skills in Climate Smart Agriculture initiatives.
4. Promote Research
Promote research in research themes such as REDD+, Modelling projections from NVCs data, climate resilient practises etc.
Develop and implement a REDD+ pilot-Modelled as Climate Smart Livestock Rangelands, Fires, Livestock
- Programme Management Unit is now in place.
- The work plan and budget have been drafted.
- A symposium on Climate Change has been planned for next year.
- Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
- East African Community
- African Union
- United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- New Partnership for Africa’s Development
- United Nations Environment Programme
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
- SADC Secretariat holds Media workshop on Climate Change
- Common Approach to Address Climate Change
- Climate Challenges to Economic Development
- Tripartite Climate Change 2014 Workshop & Budgets
- Climate Change Program Meets Development Partners