Vulnerability and Impacts Assessment and Adaptation (VIA) allows countries to assess which populations are most vulnerable to adverse effects of climate change within specific sectors, and identifies weaknesses, and interventions.
The EAC Secretariat, through the Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) project is conducting VIA to address key socio-economic sectors of the region to inform adaptation decision making and promote alternative livelihoods systems by enhancing adaptive capacities of communities, fragile ecosystems and national economies.
The VIA process will produce a hotspots map for East Africa and an adaptation plan for the Lake Victoria Basin.
PREPARED is being implemented in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, and Rwanda. The program addresses three key development challenges of the EAC: i) increasing resiliency to climate change; ii) managing trans-boundary freshwater biodiversity conservation and iii) improving access to drinking water supply and sanitation services.