Fisheries is a critical issue for sustainable development of all EAC countries, whether having access to the ocean or relying on inland fishing. This meeting gathered East African negotiators at both UNFCCC and the WTO, who shared perspectives on the way forward for fisheries in both fora.

As part of their climate commitments made at COP21 in Paris, UNFCCC members states are implementing so-called Nationally-Determined Contributions (NDCs) which guide their actions in mitigating and adapting to climate change. At this meeting, East African climate negotiators considered feedback from their private sector consituencies about how these intended climate actions should support agro-processing including through transfer of technology. Identified as a key sector for development in this region, agro-processing is vulnerable to climate change.

Within the UNFCCC process, the Conference of the Parties confirmed the importance of enhancing climate technology development and transfer to developing countries, establishing a Technology Mechanism in 2010. The Paris Agreement commits nations to ‘strengthen cooperative action’ on climate technology, and introduces both a ‘long-term vision’ on technology’s contribution to climate resilience and mitigation and a ‘technology framework’ to guide the work of the Climate Convention’s existing Technology Mechanism.

Comment le développement de l'agro-industrie au Burundi peut-il devenir plus conscient du climat, profiter du commerce et assurer la sécurité alimentaire?

How can agro-processing development in Kenya become more climate-aware, trade-driven and food security-enhancing?

How can agro-processing development in Rwanda become more climate-aware, trade-driven and food security-enhancing?

How can agro-processing development in Tanzania become more climate-aware, trade-driven and food security-enhancing?

How can agro-processing development in Uganda become more climate-aware, trade-driven and food security-enhancing?

The UNFCCC Paris Agreement clearly recognises developing and least developing countries' need for support in coping with climate change, with some mechanisms already in the pipeline to that effect. On the eve of COP22, East African Climate Negotiators met in Marrakesh to discuss their stakeholders' perspectives on such international climate support mechanisms, including climate finance which would be a negotiating priority for developing countries at the COP22.

This study provides insights that can guide the region’s negotiators regarding possible mitigation actions, outlining synergies and key ‘asks’ when negotiating for a fair deal for EAC Members in climate talks.

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