The EAC is a regional intergovernmental organisation of six Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. Considering that natural resources are the drivers of national and regional economic development, the objective of the Environment and Natural Resources Management sector within the EAC is to promote sustainable use and management of natural resources and promote adaptation to climate change.
The EAC Treaty established in July 2000 provides for co-operation in environment and natural resources, and EAC Partner States have agreed to make a joint effort to co-operate in the efficient management of these resources. EAC is focused on strengthening the resilience and sustainable management of biologically significant trans-boundary freshwater ecosystems (EAC, 2010) and supporting adaptive capacities, and resilience to the negative impacts of climate change.
Lake Victoria Basin Commission and the Nile Basin Initiative have provided a collaborative platform for the management of shared water and land resources for a
number of years. However, an EAC wide plan to harmonise policies and laws to better manage trans-boundary natural resources is still in development (Tessema, 2019). Read More