Joint Research Centre - European Commission

JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
The European Commission's in-house science service
European Commission

EU-AU Strategic Partnership Programme

Institute for environment and sustainability

Action: 42004

Acronym: TP: EU-AU

Summary:

The Thematic Programme brings together research carried out in various Actions across JRC Institutes concerning Africa and aims to improve the connectivity between these activities. The Thematic Programme will also build new diagnostic and prognostic tools that exploit the improved connectivity between the various products and services the Actions generate.

JRC's Africa research will support the overall EC contribution to the AU EU Strategic Partnership by concentrating on specific cooperation activities foreseen in Peace and Security; Governance and Human Rights; Millennium Development Goals; Energy; Environment and Climate Change; and Science, Information Society and Space. Targets for 2009 include advancing the installation of the Continental Early Warning System in the AUC, co-ordination of the GMES-Africa programme and capacity building in the AUC on geospatial sciences.

Improved synergies between JRC Actions will contribute to the European Commission's work on Policy Coherence for Development (PCD), integrated in the European Consensus on Development since 2005. The PCD mechanism aims at synergy between policy areas (trade, environment, climate change, security, agriculture, fisheries, social dimension of globalisation, employment and decent work, migration, research and innovation, information society, transport, energy) and development objectives. JRC's Africa research across the Actions is linked to these policy areas, and the cross-discipline analysis promoted by this Thematic Programme can contribute to PCD in these domains.

JRC will become a reference centre for environmental and human-security geospatial datasets for Africa. These data are generated in-house or of known, peer-reviewed, provenance. A common, quality controlled, information source for Commission Services, partners in Member States, the Africa Union and partner countries across Africa would avoid parallel implementation structures; provide a basis for shared analysis and a means of promoting transparent performance assessment frameworks. Modalities for joint ownership with the AU Commission and ACP Secretariat should be identified by the end of 2009. This would also strengthen African capacity in the context of multilateral environmental agreements e.g. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), improve AU EU cooperation on regulatory issues e.g. FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) and improve African contributions to the development of global standards e.g. in the context of the Global Earth Observing System of Systems.