the Joint Conference of Parties
for the Abidjan and Nairobi Convention
Cape Town, South Africa
5th - 8th November, 2007
With the continually expanding
scope of the work programs, it is essential that
the financing not only adequately meets the needs,
but is also predictable. Contributions by Contracting
Parties have, unfortunately, been neither sufficient
to meet the demands nor have they been predictable.
Although a few Contracting Parties to the Nairobi
Convention have consistently met their obligations
to the trust fund, the lack of universal participation
has been a continuous challenge. Because of this,
the Joint Secretariat must do most of its work
In the last four years (2004-2007),
the Nairobi Convention has been able to leverage
resources from various sources, including US$3.4million
from the Norwegian government and US$4.2million
from the GEF. Sida has been a very consistent
partner in the Western Indian Ocean region and
in the last four years has supported the Convention
with US$1.3million. Five governments from the
eastern African region have consistently contributed
to the Nairobi Convention’s Trust Fund.
In this regard, the prognosis for the Nairobi
Convention is good.
On the other hand, the Abidjan
Convention faces a difficult but promising future.
Most countries have only recently settled into
a reasonably stable situation, after years of
civil strife. Due to the numerous, pressing demands
facing these governments, their contributions
to the Trust Fund are limited and unpredictable.
Despite this draw back, the Abidjan Convention
region has some of the largest and most ambitious
Large Marine Ecosystems projects, namely: the
Guinea Current project implemented by UNEP and
UNDP (USD21.49 million) ; the Benguela Current
project implemented by UNDP (USD15 million); and
the Canary Current project implemented by FAO
and UNEP (USD12 million). The challenge now is
how to build synergy between the projects and
the work program of the Abidjan Convention.
Introduction to the Joint
Conference of Parties for the Abidjan and Nairobi
- Background to the Abidjan and Nairobi Convention
- Political Commitment: Gathering momentum
- Coordination and Partnerships.
- Organisation of the Joint COPs.
- Themes for the COPs.
- Outputs and Impacts of the Joint COPs.
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