Its composed of eight countries in Eastern and Southern Africa - Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda – IGAD’s main purpose is to achieve peace and sustainable development in the region. Rich in biodiversity, IGAD members’ major factors for growth are its natural resources, more specifically fresh water and marine and coastal water ecosystems, forests and wildlife, wetlands, rangelands, arable land and mountains, and minerals and energy resources.
Two of IGAD’s priorities for coastal and marine environments include the support and implementation of the Abidjan and Nairobi Conventions and the African Process for the management of Africa’s coastal and marine resources. In concrete terms, these involve: pollution control and coastal erosion; and promotion of sustainable use of living resources, sustainable management of key habitats and ecosystems and sustainable economic development. Read More