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AMCEN's Programme of work 2007–2008

Work Programme of AMCEN for the Biennium 2007 - 2008

Programme Elements

Main Objectives / Key Components

Specific Activities

1.
(a) The role of AMCEN in the implementation of the action plan for the environment initiative of NEPAD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


(b) Environmental law

 

  • To enhance the preparedness of AMCEN to oversee the implementation of the action plan.


  • To enhance the existing links between AMCEN, the African Ministerial Conference on Water (AMCOW), the African Union, NEPAD and UNEP.

  • To facilitate the implementation of priority projects selected through the NEPAD environment initiative process and those identified in the context of the Bali Strategic Plan.

  • To prepare AMCEN member States for the regular and special sessions of the UNEP Governing Council.

  • To prepare AMCEN member States for COPs of particularly the Rio-Conventions and chemical related conventions.
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  • To strengthen the capacity of Africa to develop, improve and implement environmental legal frameworks

  •  To develop environmental legislation and legal materials

  • To build capacity in compliance and enforcement of environmental law

  • To train and raise awareness among the judiciary and other legal stakeholders about the application of environmental law
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  • Provide support to the AMCEN Bureau and to the subregional consultative groups of environment ministers that will generally oversee the implementation of the action plan for the environment initiative.


  • Maintain communication links with AMCOW, the African Union, the NEPAD secretariat and UNEP and build synergies between them.

  • Initiate the process for the implementation of the NEPAD environment initiative and the Bali Strategic Plan at country level.

  • Hold preparatory meetings for member States for the regular and special sessions of the UNEP Governing Council.

  • Facilitate preparatory meetings for AMCEN prior to the conferences of the Parties to the Rio conventions and chemical-related conventions.

     

     

     

  • Compile environment-related legal instruments relevant to Africa

  • Develop a model checklist or guidelines on national legislation for implementation of clusters of legal instruments

  • Undertake study on cost-benefit analysis to implement and enforce legal instruments

  • Undertake research on human rights and environmental justice in Africa

  • Train judges and magistrates on environmental problems and application of environmental law

  • Train environmental inspectors, police and prosecutors in enforcement and compliance of environmental law

  • Train government officials and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the negotiation of environmental instruments

  • Train legal drafters in environmental law drafting

  • Create environmental law awareness among parliamentarians
  • 2.
    (a) Capacity-building programme

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    (b) Capacity-building and technology support in the context of the Bali Strategic Plan

     

  • To continue AMCEN support for the implementation of the UNEP/GEF medium-sized programme on the preparation of five subregional NEPAD environmental action plans


  • To support the development of the action plan for the environment initiative of NEPAD at the country level

  • To support existing Africa-China cooperation with regard to environmental protection
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  • To encourage the implementation of the Bali Strategic Plan for technology support and capacity-building in African countries

  • To build capacity and strengthen the knowledge of different stakeholders in the use of rain water
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  • Facilitate the finalization of the revised draft subregional environmental action plans of NEPAD.


  • Facilitate the adoption of the revised draft subregional environmental action plans of NEPAD by the respective forum of  subregional ministers of environment

  • Submit a comprehensive report of the subregional environmental action plans of NEPAD for adoption at the twelfth regular session of AMCEN.

  • Initiate the process of developing the NEPAD national environmental action plans in pilot countries

  • Facilitate implementation of activities related to Africa‑China cooperation with regard to environmental protection

     

     

  • Provide support for the implementation of the pilot phase of the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity –building in the six selected African countries


  • Support efforts aimed at extending implementation of the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity–building to other African countries

  • Support measures aimed at building capacity of rain water harvesters.
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    3. Land degradation and desertification

  • To enhance the implementation of the Convention to Combat Desertification, especially its regional implementation annex for Africa.


  • To enhance the implementation of TerrAfrica and its Strategic Investment Programme for sustainable land management in Africa


  • To support and enhance the harmonization of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) with the action plan for the environment initiative of NEPAD
  • Support the implementation of national, subregional and regional action plans under the Convention to Combat Desertification

  • Take stock of all AMCEN and UNEP activities on sustainable land management in Africa

  • Support measures aimed at effective implementation of TerrAfrica and its Strategic Investment Programme

  • Commission experts to review potential for harmonization of CAADP with the action plan for the environment initiative of NEPAD, particularly its land and desertification component (programme area 1)

  • Initiate dialogue on CAADP, TerrAfrica the Strategic Investment Programme and the action plan for the environment initiative of NEPAD
  • 4. Coastal and marine ecosystems

      To continue implementation of Abidjan and Nairobi conventions under four main themes, namely: assessment; management; coordination and legal aspects;  and cross-cutting issues such as information dissemination and exchange and emerging issues
  • Continue with the implementation of  the project addressing land based activities in Nairobi Convention areas.

  • Carry on with measures aimed at strengthening the implementation of the Abidjan Convention.

  • Strengthen  further the coordination mechanism and legal review within the Nairobi and Abidjan Convention.

  • Continue with the development of  a regional tool kit on the establishment and management of the marine protected areas
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    5. Forest, biodiversity and biotechnology

  • To enhance the implementation of regional and subregional agreements on forests in Africa


  • To support and enhance the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and some of its related conventions, with particular reference to the regional implementation component for Africa
  • Provide technical support to regional and subregional forest related initiatives


  • Assist with high level meetings on major issues in the biodiversity related conventions


  • Provide technical support for capacity-building efforts


  • Provide technical support in matters related to protected areas


  • Assist countries in their efforts aimed at formulating biotechnology policy.
  • 6. Climate Change

    To support and enhance the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol

  • Assist with high-level meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol
  • 7. Sound management and sustainable use of chemicals To assist facilitate the implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) in Africa.
  • Encourage Governments to nominate SAICM national focal points, establish inter-ministerial or inter-institutional arrangements to oversee national implementation of SAICM, and to develop national action  plans for SAICM implementation;


  • Encourage the inclusion of sound chemicals and hazardous waste management considerations in national planning strategies and programmes, where appropriate;
  • Facilitate possible regional approaches to SAICM implementation and encourage relevant regional and subregional organizations to participate actively
  • 8. Environmental and integrated assessment and early warning, and environmental security

  • Africa Environment Outlook
  • Africa Environment Information Network (AEIN)
  • Capacity-building
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  • To prepare the third Africa Environment Outlook report


  • To enhance the work of AEIN to support the Africa Environment Outlook process.
  • To enhance capacity in integrated assessment and reporting at national and subregional levels
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  • Facilitate measures to prepare the third Africa Environment Outlook report.


  • Facilitate the expansion and strengthening of AEIN to more countries in Africa and AEIN pilot countries


  • Develop the capacity of the network of professional and Government stakeholders, universities, centres of excellence, etc, to support national and subregional environmental assessment and reporting and the Africa Environment Outlook process


  • Increase numbers of trained practitioners in integrated assessment processes that facilitate generation of reports that underpin decision making.


  • Build capacity on data and information management (including the use of satellite datasets) to generate information to support decision making at city, national, subregional and regional levels
  • 9. Environmental education and training

     

    To support the implementation of the action plan and the subregional NEPAD environmental action plan

  • Facilitate innovative programmes in African universities to mainstream environment and sustainability into teaching and learning


  • Provide institutional capacity-building and facilitation in the development of regional training courses in environmental education
  • Develop learning support materials on cross-cutting environmental issues

    10. Environmental assessment

     

  • To facilitate training of natural resources management and environmental law including environmental impact assessment in tertiary institutions


  • To support the capacity development and linkages efforts in Africa with particular reference to environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment
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  • Facilitate the translation of the UNEP training manual on environmental impact assessment into French and disseminate the manual for wider use


  • Provide technical and institutional support for institutions that are prepared to provide training of trainers programme at the regional and subregional levels
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    11. Sustainable consumption and production

    (i) Implementation of the African 10-Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    (ii) Pilot project on plastic waste management in Nairobi

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    (iii) Capacity building on life-cycle assessment in Africa

     

     

     

     

     

    (iv) Capacity-building for promoting sustainable consumption and production in Lake Victoria Region

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    (v)Engineering education for sustainable consumption and production





  • To provide capacity building and technology support for the development and implementation of the African 10-Year Framework Programme at the national and subregional levels
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  • To assist in developing and implementing a city-wide plastic waste management programme that would be implemented with the broad participation of all stakeholders and develop region-specific experience.
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  • To introduce the participants from universities and national cleaner production centres in the region on how to train or educate on life-cycle assessment including life-cycle inventory and life-cycle management
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  • To develop the institutional capacity for the development and implementation of sustainable consumption and production programmes within the Lake Victoria Region in the context of the 10-Year Framework Programme on sustainable consumption and production and the Lake Victoria Development Programme.
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  • To enhance the national capacities of African countries to absorb and use environmentally sound technologies for the fulfillment of their development objectives on the basis of sustainable production and consumption
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  • Create awareness on the African 10-Year Framework Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production by organizing national seminars.


  • Assist countries to develop their national framework programme on sustainable consumption and production in the context of their national development strategies and the African 10-Year Framework Programme
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  • Develop and implement pilot projects in areas that have significant regional importance


  • Identify the key policy measures that need to be taken by the national and local governments in order to address the problem of plastic waste


  • Further develop and implement a plastic bag levy as part of a package of policy measures identified in a UNEP Economics and Trade Branch study and through multi‑stakeholder consultation process


  • Provide technical assistance in the area of cleaner production and sustainable consumption in the areas related to the plastic industries


  • Facilitate the establishment of community-based groups that would engage in the various activities of plastic waste management
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  • Train participants on methods and training resources including software on life-cycle assessment


  • Provide training on a multi-language, information system management tool called ESTIS which would assist the transfer of environmentally-sound technologies
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  • Provide training on selected tools and techniques related to sustainable consumption and production so that there will be a core capacity for the development and implementation of programmes at national and sub-regional level.


  • Enhance the institutional capacities of the Lake Victoria Basin Commission, the three national cleaner production centres and other relevant institutions in the area of developing and implementing sustainable consumption and production programmes with special focus on sectoral approaches.


  • Provide technical back-up support to sustainable consumption and production activities within the region.

  • Facilitate the transfer of knowledge and expertise to African engineering faculties in the area of developing and providing courses in the field of cleaner production, cleaner products, cleaner technologies and related concepts of sustainable production and consumption.


  • Develop common and specialised course modules on the concept of cleaner production, cleaner products, cleaner technology and related concepts.


  • Train African engineers that would be able to facilitate and manage the transfer of environmentally sound technologies to their respective countries, on the concept of sustainable production and consumption


  • Strengthen the linkages between African universities and the national cleaner production centres in the respective countries
  • 12. Integrated environmental management

    • Wetlands

     

  • To lay down the foundations for the preparation of national wetlands policies for Central and Southern Africa


  • To develop national wetland policies and prepare action/ implementation plans
  • Support measures aimed at the preparation of national wetlands policies for Central and Southern Africa


  • Enhance capacities of countries to develop their wetland policies and implementation plans
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    13. Post conflict environmental assessments

    To support post-conflict environmental assessments and other related activities

    Provide technical assistance to post conflict environmental assessments and interventions