SUSWATCH arose from civil society engagement in the Rio process in 1992 and culminated during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002 into the South South Sustainability Watch with regional nodes in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia. Due to the large number of networks in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe, difficulties in coordination led to some networks dissolving.
In East Africa, the East African Sustainability Watch (EASUSWATCH) was created comprising Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, most recently Burundi and Rwanda. This latter network had undertaken phase 1 of the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project (LVEMP) focusing on MDGs 1, 7 & 8. With LVEMPII the Government of Sweden requested we monitor the East African Community’s Parties’ management of this programme as well as the implementation of the East African Climate Change Policy (EACCP).
SUSWATCH Kenya focuses on sustainable land management (SLM) and climate change activities as they relate to livelihoods that also support the realisation of the 3 Rio Conventions and underlie its mandate. Gender, inter and intra-generational considerations are integrated in all programmes, activities and interventions in our collaborative interactions. SUSWATCH Kenya Convenes the Anglophone Civil Society component of TerrAfrica, and Chairs the National Steering Committee of the national preparatory process of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s (UNCCD) World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) and contributes knowledge and information towards reporting to the PRAIS.
SUSWATCH Kenya, also Convenes the Road to COP (Conference of the Parties) in the Kenya Climate Change Working Group (KCCWG), and is a member of the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Water, Environment and Natural Resources’ gazetted taskforce on the Climate Change Policy and Bill. The challenges of combating desertification also provide opportunities to realise adaptation and mitigation co-benefits that support the realisation of the country’s responsibilites and aspirations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).