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  • Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA-EAC-SADC)

    In January 2007 at the AU summit, Heads of State and Government acknowledged the seriousness of challenges posed by Climate Change in Africa, and agreed on the need to mainstream Climate Change adaptation and mitigation into their development plans. Subsequently, in 2009 at another AU summit in Sirte, Libya, the Heads of State and Government endorsed the African Common Position on Climate Change and also endorsed the decision by African Agriculture Ministers on the development of an African Framework on Climate Adaptation in the Agricultural sector. Consequently, COMESA, EAC and SADC are implementing a joint initiative called ‘The African Solution’ to address Climate Change. This approach is called the Tripartite Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.

    The programme is being funded by Norway, DFID and the European Union and is a five year initiative that started in 2010.   

    Overall Goal

    To ensure the impacts of Climate Change in the COMESA- EAC-SADC region are addressed through successful adaptation and mitigation actions which also build economic and social resilience for present and future generations.

    Specific Objectives:

    1. To ensure that the African Climate Solution is accepted by the global community and Climate Change mainstreamed in national planning.
    2. To support member states  to access adaptation funds and other  climate change  financing sources and mechanisms through national investment frameworks for climate adaptation in agriculture, forestry and other land uses.
    3. To enhance adoption of Climate-Smart Conservation Agriculture in COMESA-EAC-SADC region.
    4. To strengthen capacity in national research and training institutions and implementation of research programs.
    5. To implement climate vulnerability assessments and Analysis
    6. To apply Mitigation solutions in the COMESA-EAC-SADC region with carbon trading benefits
    7. To establish a regional catalytic facility to support investments in national climate smart agriculture programs


    The SADC Tripartite Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation is only implementing Objectives 1,2,3,4 and 6.

    Key Thematic Areas/Programme Priorities:

    1. Policy 

    The programme will strive to enhance policy on Climate Change/Climate Smart Agriculture at regional level and assist member states to draft Climate Change Response strategies and investment frameworks.

    2. Financing

    The programme will establish Climate Smart Agriculture investment frameworks that will enhance knowledge on domestic financing.

    3. Adaptation

    Promote Climate Smart Agriculture among farmers and national taskforces and enhance their ICT skills in Climate Smart Agriculture initiatives.

    4. Promote Research

    Promote research in research themes such as REDD+, Modelling projections from NVCs data, climate resilient practises etc.

    5. Mitigation

    Develop and implement a REDD+ pilot-Modelled as Climate Smart Livestock Rangelands, Fires, Livestock


    1. Programme Management Unit is now in place.
    2. The work plan and budget have been drafted.
    3. A symposium on Climate Change has been planned for next year.


    1. Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa
    2. East African Community

    Relevant Documentation

    Final Conference Statement - SADC Regional Parliamentary Conference for Paliamentarians

    Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in the Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA-EAC-SADC) Region

    2014 Climate Change Summit

    Relevant Sites

    Recent News

    Contact Information

    Project Coordinator
    Tripartite Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
    SADC, Sebele Satellite Office
    P/Bag 0095

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