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IGAD Executive Secretary visits the Institute
17 June 2009
On June 10, the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), His Excellency Mr. Mahboub M. Maalim, paid a working visit to the IES. The high delegation further included IGAD Team Leader Professor Stefan Bruene, and Coordinator of Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution, Dr Atnafu Tola.
President and Chairman of the IES Wouter Veening and the East Africa Project Coordinator Eric van de Giessen were honoured to receive the high delegation in IES? office in The Hague.
In a lively meeting, a variety of issues was discussed, ranging from food security and to cross-border environmental cooperation in the IGAD region, which consists of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, and Djibouti. IGAD also presented its Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC). This Centre aims to provide timely climate early warning information and support specific sector applications to enable the region to cope with various risks associated with extreme climate variability and change.
The IES presented its Environmental Security for Poverty Alleviation programme, including the forthcoming Environmental Security Assessment on the Horn of Africa. IGAD and IES further discussed the possibilities of cooperation in the near future, in order to strengthen environmental security in the region.