Ethiopian Panel on Climate Change: a new Science-Policy Interface in the making
- Ethiopia – geared to set up its version of a panel on climate change.
- IPCC Chair – Rajendra Pachauri at EPCC’s launch.
Ethiopia is on its way to setting up a national panel on climate change with functions more or less similar to that of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Center and Network (HoAREC&N) – long time partner of the Center for Governance and Sustainability – hosts the Secretariat of the Panel. The seed funds for its operationalization is drawn from the Strategic Climate Institutions Programme of the UK government. It is expected that the EPCC will be a dynamic knowledge platform for localized climate research and a hub for experts to communicate and collaborate on the climate agenda. The EPCC will also establish a database system to validate climate research and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Ethiopian government to monitor environmental change and strategize adaptive policies.
It is anticipated that the establishment of such bodies will help to bridge the gap often noted in Africa – of peer-reviewed research that can serve as the science basis to policy development in the continent. More on this http://hoarec.org/index.php/en/2013-05-09-13-09-36/2013-05-09-13-09-57/centre-news/391-hoa-rec-n-podcast
The pioneering work was launched with a panel discussion held on 02 July 2013 at Addis Ababa University. The Panel facilitated dialogue between prominent international and national actors that included Nobel Laureate Rajendra K. Pachauri – Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC), Dr. Fatima Denton – Director of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) and Ms. Selam Kidane Abebe – African lead on Agriculture in the intergovernmental climate negotiations who is also a member of the Consultative Group of Experts at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The work of the EPCC will be facilitated by the joint collaboration of the HoAREC&N (for overall coordination) and the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (for lead implementation). The HoAREC&N and the Academy will consult with the IPCC to tap from the vast experience of the intergovernmental body and understand the dynamics involved in setting up a meaningful and effective Science-Policy Interface on climate change.