Strategic Objective: To promote sustainable ecosystem rehabilitation and management, and equitable access to environmental resources including water, pasture, range and land.


  1. Sustainable water resource management and regional cooperation in water management in the ASALs.
  2. Enhance sustainable pasture, land and environmental management systems.
  3. Promote sustainable management of renewable energy.
  4. Support sustainable ecosystem rehabilitation, biodiversity, conservation and management.
  5. Support research and human capital development in ecological restoration, ecosystem management, environment and natural resources.
  6. Promote dry land production and productivity, research, technology innovation and patents, seed certification and seed networks.
  7. Ensure gender equity and women empowerment in planning and management of natural resources.
  8. Promote wide adoption of appropriate technologies and adaptation strategies to climate change.
  9. Inter-institutional collaboration and partnership for harmonization and support  of regional capacity building training curricular / programs for ASALs’ pastoral and agro-pastoral development.
  10. Support and enhance partnerships at all levels.
  11. Harmonized and enabling policies on sustainable natural resources and environmental management within the IGAD region at all levels. 
  12. Support Climate Change Resilience building programs.


To enable consistent and coordinated activities in the different member states, the following seven components and sub-components were identified by the IGAD Secretariat in consultations with Member States and development partners. 


Strategic Objective: To strengthen coordination, institutional mechanisms, partnerships, coherence and capabilities for effective delivery of drought resilience.


  1. Mainstream drought resilience and sustainability mandate in the functions of the IGAD Secretariat.
  2. Effective coordination and alignment of development partners with Members States and IGAD Programmes.
  3. Formalize and promote protocols, partnerships, networks and collaboration for trans-boundary drought resilience interventions and ending of drought emergencies.
  4. Develop and promote common programming frameworks, indicators, targets and standards at national and regional level.
  5. Support and promote need-based human and institutional capacity building at national and regional levels.
  6. Strengthen coordination mechanisms, interaction and functional linkages between IGAD Secretariat, member states and at all other levels.