Eastern Africa Environmental Network (EAEN)

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Eastern Africa Environmental Network (EAEN)
P.O. Box 555-00517 Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi, Kenya
Telephone: 254 020 601064
Fax: + 254 20 601263
E-mail: eaen@onlinekenya.com / info@eaenetwork.org
Website: http://www.eaenetwork.org

Mr. Nathaniel arap Chumo, Executive Director
George Malakwen, Deputy Director

Description

EAEN was established in 1990 to deal with environmental conservation issues of local, national, regional and global concern. It is a regional NGO established to fill the gap of environmental networking in Eastern Africa to improve the quality of life and promote peace. EAEN is accredited to UNEP and UN-HABITAT.

EAEN was formed after an international workshop organized in mid-September, 1990 by the Eastern Africa Regional Committee of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication. The decision was supported by among others, The East Africa Wild Life Society (EAWLS), The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Global Environment Project Institute (GEPI). EAEN covers Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The vision of the organization is to improve the quality of people’s lives through promoting peace and food security based on environmental protection and natural resource conservation measures. EAEN believes that sharing information, experiences and resources is vital for the achievement of peace, food security, poverty alleviation, socio-economic development and a healthy environment. To achieve its objectives, EAEN uses the following strategies:

  • Networking Communication Strategy: This is effected through the annual Conference of the EAEN and production and dissemination of publications such as Njiwa which carries feature stories, commentaries, short stories and news on emerging issues in environmental discourse. The EAEN website (www.eaenetwork.org) is another source of valuable information and updates on EAEN members, activities and reports.
  • Policy Advocacy: EAEN seeks to influence support for environmental agendas through advocacy targeted at opinion leaders and key decision makers. EAEN maintains and profiles a scorecard on the implementation of environmental policies.
  • Capacity Building on Environmental Management: EAEN conducts workshops on environmental management for its members, grass root leaders and other collaborators to improve knowledge and skill. These workshops often incorporate field work visits.

EAEN partners include: Mali Hai Clubs of Tanzania; Dodoma Environmental Network; Wildlife Clubs of Uganda; Uganda Scouts Association; Natural Resource Protection Group, Sudan; The East African Wild Life Society; Wildlife Clubs of Kenya; Lions Clubs Lavington; Ethiopian Wild Life and Natural; History Society; Eco News Africa; Interlink Rural Information Service; Wetlands Program, Uganda; Wildlife Education Centre, Uganda; Rural Urban Development Alternatives; Kenya Association of Forest Users (KAFU); Youth for Conservation (Y f C); AAR Health Services; National Environment Management Authority; Environmental Protection; Awareness Network- Webuye; Ecotourism Society of Kenya; Environmental Stewardship and Advocacy Centre - Eldoret, Kenya; Resource Management Somali; Network; Raptor Holding Facility (SimonThomsett) Athi River, Kenya; Dagoretti High School Environmental Club, Kenya.

Track Record

EAEN has fostered networking among its membership, which currently stands at over 35. It has organized annual awards for outstanding members who initiate successful environmental projects.

EAEN has, through hosting at least 16 annual regional conferences of its members, ensured attention to environmental conservation issues of local, national, regional and global concern. These conferences have drawn wide participation including game wardens, community leaders, academics and others thus blending practical knowledge with policy and analytical discussions on environmental and biodiversity conservation.

EAEN also publishes the quarterly magazine, Njiwa, disseminated to various learning institutions and organizations working on environmental matters. It also disseminates conference and workshop proceedings and resource materials on environmental education.

Challenges

EAEN faces several challenges that hamper some of its activities. One is the need to improve the facilities and equipment of the network for better effectiveness in managing the network’s activities especially through improving documentation and dissemination of information. The organization also needs to strengthen its institutional capacity to be more effective in meeting the needs of its members.

Opportunities

The perpetual environmental challenges that bedevil the Eastern Africa region remain relevant for the network’s engagement in the future. There is need to enhance collaboration with partners and donors in addressing environmental degradation especially in view of newly emergent phenomena such as climate change.

This highlights an opportunity for training and capacity building sessions for the networks membership to enhance their knowledge on measures to mitigate against environmental degradation. The need to work with local communities in combating environmental distress has also been identified and creates opportunity to incorporate community actions and programs into the network’s core goals.

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