Arusha — The African Mountains Region Forum organized by East African Community in Partnership with Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS), African Mountains Partnership, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Austrian Development Cooperation and Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation is slated for 22nd - 24th October 2014 in Arusha, Tanzania.
The three-day forum, which aims at enhancing collaboration and framing a regional agenda for sustainable mountain development challenges in African mountains, will bring together senior officials from African government institutions, academia, civil society and private sector.
The specific objectives of this forum are to provide an opportunity for different sustainable mountain development stakeholders to enhance understanding of common conservation and development issues in the region; identify strategic actions to address major emerging issues such as climate change in the region as well as promote linkages and collaboration between different stakeholders for a regional framework on sustainable mountain development in Africa.
In addition, the forum will share lessons and experiences in meeting the conservation and development challenges including water, energy, food security and climate change in Africa Mountain regions as well as entail a special session devoted to UNEP's inter-regional project "Climate Change action in developing countries with fragile mountainous ecosystems from a sub-regional perspective".
At the regional level, according to the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community, Partner States agreed to cooperate in the management of shared natural resources and to take concerted measures to foster cooperation in the joint efficient management and sustainable utilization of natural resources within the Community for the benefits of the Partner States.
Article 9 of the EAC Protocol on Environment and Natural Resources Management puts emphasize on the need to promote the management of trans-boundary ecosystem in East Africa, while under article 20, Partner States agreed to protect mountain ecosystems such a critical water catchment, conservation of heritage areas and other areas of common strategic interest at local, national, regional and international levels.
Owora Richard Othieno,
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Corporate Communications and Public Affairs;
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Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department