The Environmental Service and Climate Change Analysis Program (ESACCAP), an initiative to improve access to accurate climate information, was launched on Wednesday, October 30th, at the Hilton Hotel.
The program that will focus on building institutional capacity at all levels of the environmental service and on climate in Ethiopia will be establishing two institutions to meet its goals.
“In the past one and half years we have been reviewing and developing a number of polices and guidelines and have recently started implementing many of them. To mention some – we are reviewing our academic and research programs to develop and improve courses and programs for addressing the ever changing demands of the country; Science Parks and Incubation Centers are being established to extend the research results into profitable markets and services; knowing that universities are evaluated by the quality and outcome of their performances and partnership, Addis Ababa University (AAU) has been pursuing the establishment of a network of collaborative partnerships with leading universities and research institutes worldwide. Today’s inception meeting where the two initiatives are launched in collaboration with several of our partners is a testimony to our efforts in establishing collaborations,” said Admasu Tsegaye (PhD), President of AAU.
The first institution to be set up is the Accredited Institute for Certification of Environmental Services (AICES) which will be an internationally accepted benchmark for institutes managing environmental services. It will certify organizations within sectors prioritized in Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) to ensure proper Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA), auditing, monitoring that evaluation systems are in place.
The institute will have the duty to publish curricula and training manuals to support professional societies and academia. Through this, it will directly strengthen the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Forestry, as well as build institutional capacity within environmental service institutes, private sectors and civil society organizations.
“One of the major challenges that Ethiopia currently faces, which hinders growth rate and its goals to achieve middle-income status by 2025, is undoubtedly climate change,” Admasu further stated.
The other institution that will be established is the Ethiopian Panel on Climate Change (EPCC). This institute will become the first national knowledge-sharing network for climate research and provide peer reviews of scientific information directly to decision makers. The EPCC will also be strengthening institutional capacity to better monitor environmental change.
The Ethiopia Academy of Sciences (EAS) will be responsible for the EPCC’s implementation, while the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) will provide climate change research advisory services. The Climate Science Center (CSC) will be responsible for the implementation of AICES.
The Financial support for all the initiatives will be provided by the UK Department for International Development (DfID) as part of the Strategic Climate Institutions Programme (SCIP) which aims to strengthen the institutional capability necessary to manage an effective response to a changing climate