Building Environment and Natural Resource Management Resilience in East Africa

Nairobi, March 2, 2018: The East African Community (EAC) Secretariat in collaboration with the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), held the Regional Learning Event and Investors Forum/Donors Roundtable on Environment and Natural Resources Management in Arusha, Tanzania under the theme: Building Resilience in East Africa: Bridging the Gaps in Policy & Practice.

The events showcased the EAC’s regional priority programs in environment and natural resources management including climate change adaptation; biodiversity conservation; water, sanitation and hygiene; and transboundary water resources management. The forums brought together regional and national practitioners, policy makers, researchers, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, regional intergovernmental organizations, private sector representatives and development partners from the EAC region. Participants explored these themes with objective of stimulating concrete and practical actions that will impact the most vulnerable ecosystems and societies

“The U.S. Government, through USAID, focuses on the sustainable management of the region’s rich natural resources as a driver for socio-economic growth and sustainable development. Our joint commitment to managing natural resources is critical,” explained USAID’s Acting Environmental Office Director for Kenya and East Africa Brad Arsenault during the event.

Through programs like USAID’s Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) program, the U.S. Government seeks to strengthen regional institutions’ technical capacity, policy leadership and action readiness on climate change adaptation, sustainable management of biologically significant transboundary ecosystems and resiliency  of water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in the Lake Victoria Basin.

The event supports resilience and links local level initiatives with those at national and regional levels.