UNEP Africa Marine and Coastal Programme Inception Meeting
Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya
10 November, 2011
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the secretariat for the Nairobi Convention and Abidjan Convention organized an Inception Meeting for the ‘UNEP Africa Marine and Coastal Programme 2010 – 2014’ on 10 November 2011, at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Inception Meetingwas organized for members of the Bureau of the Nairobi Convention, Bureau of the Abidjan Convention and partners in the Eastern and Western Africa region, where they discussed and endorsed the inception report on the implementation of the programme.
The inception report provides greater definition of the programme components, a detailed logical framework and a detailed activity plan.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) prepared and submitted to the Government of Sweden an application for a four year programme namely: UNEP Africa Marine and Coastal Programme 2010-2014, to be implemented in the Sub-Saharan Africa including Small Island Developing States in the western Indian and eastern Atlantic oceans.The Government of Sweden has approved the programme subject to the preparation of an inception plan and provided Swedish Kroner 28,000,000 (approx.US$4,369,968) for implementation of the programme.
The programme identifies a coherent set of interrelated projects to assist Contracting Parties to the Nairobi and Abidjan Conventions to implement the Conventions’ Work Programmes, aligned to UNEP’s Marine and Coastal Strategy (2009) for Africa and UNEP’s Medium Term Strategy (MTS) 2010-2013.
In particular, the programme will through partner organisations provide support to member states to address identified marine and coastal environmental management and development challenges specific to Africa.
These challenges include ecosystems degradation, declining productivity of ecosystems, pollution and adaptation to climate change all of which significantly impact on food security and poverty in the region.
Africa has 54 states 33 of which are listed among the world’s least developed countries including five states which are within the Nairobi Convention area and twelve within the Abidjan Convention Area. This makes Africa the most vulnerable and least resilient to climate change. It also acknowledged that ecosystems degradation and declining productivity of ecosystems are expected to be exacerbated by intensified and more frequent weather events, rising sea-levels, changing ocean currents and ocean chemistry.
The programme aims to address the interactive and cumulative human impacts on marine and coastal resources and raise awareness of solutions to cope with the competing uses of these resources especially in alleviating poverty through ecosystem based management and by creating opportunities through partnerships and by building on existing initiatives.