Southern African Regional Commission for the Conservation and Utilisation of the Soil (SARCCUS)

Commission régionale de l'Afrique méridionale pour la conservation et l'utilisation du sol
Comissão Regional da Africa Austral para a Conservação e a Utilização do Solo

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History

5 June 1950, Pretoria (South Africa), at inaugural meeting, within the framework of Commission for Technical Cooperation in Africa South of the Sahara (CTCA). Statutes as an autonomous Regional Commission ratified at 9th Ordinary Meeting, 1964, when CCTA had ceased to exist in its original form. Most recent Code of Procedure approved at 10th Ordinary Meeting, 1982. Officially closed 6 May 1998, Maputo (Mozambique), on rationalization/merger into Southern African Development Community (SADC). Secretariat ceased operations 30 Oct 1998.

Aims

Promote closer technical cooperation among the territories comprising the Southern African region, with regard to all matters pertaining to agriculture and to the rational development, control and utilization of all related natural resources; ensure adequate interchange of information; promote exchange of visits by specialists, concerted studies of and approaches to common problems and aid among Member States as regards personnel and materials.

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Activities

Standing Committees (10): 'Animal Health'; 'Animal Production', including Subcommittee for Aquaculture; 'Conservation and Land-use Planning', including Subcommittees for - Agricultural Engineering, Agrometeorology and Climatology, Control of Environmental Pollution, Land-use Planning and Erosion Control, Remote Sensing, Veld and Pastures; 'Education and Extension'; 'Forestry'; 'Hydrology', including Subcommittee for Aquatic Weeds; 'Nature Conservation, Wildlife Utilization and Management', including Subcommittee for Elephant and Rhino Populations; 'Plant Production', including Subcommittee for Seed; 'Plant Protection', including Subcommittee for Migratory Pests; 'Soil Science'. Standing Committees meet annually, the 11 Subcommittees meet at least annually. Member countries collaborate in facing problems of insect plagues, drought, animal diseases (SARCCUS making available vaccines against many diseases), import of exotic species. SARCCUS: organizes general and specialist regional conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops; works towards uniform zoosanitary and phytosanitary requirements; conducts regional maize, wheat, dry field bean, sorghum and groundnut cultivar trials; is working on a regional inventory of resources through 'SARCCUS Agro-Ecological Zones Project'; supports ad hoc training of technicians and professional officers; provides no- or low-cost technical consultancy.

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 inter-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 8 countries
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Subjects *

  • Geology
    • Soil
  • Resources
    • Resources
  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • Agriculture
  • Economics
    • Resource Utilization
  • Conservation
    • Conservation

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land

UIA Org ID

D4248

Last News Received

8. Jul 1998
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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