Tuesday, August 21, 2018
CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the COP 22 Climate Change conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the COP 22 Climate Change conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

Kenya has reiterated its commitment to public participation and provision of incentives to stakeholder’s in order to combat negative effects of climate change. The cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof Judi Wakhungu also confirmed that, the government will soon make operational the Climate Change Fund that will provide financing priority for climate change actions and interventions.

The CS was speaking when she hosted a side event at the ongoing conference of parties (COP 22) held in Marrakech, Morocco as a follow up of the historic 2015 Paris conference that agreed to reduce the average global warming to two degrees Celsius by 2035. This will help the world achieve clean and sustainable development.

The side event hosted by Kenya for delegates from various countries was planned to showcase various measures the country had put in place to implement the Paris agreement.

Prof Wakhungu told the participants that, Kenya had created an enabling environment to achieve its nationally determined contributions towards low carbon emissions as agreed by nations during the Paris conference. These include clean energy initiatives for sustainable development through the green economy. She noted that, Kenya was already working to expand geothermal, solar and wind energy production among other clean energy options.

The CS enumerated Low carbon and efficient transport systems and clean energy technologies as some of the measures Kenya was taking to reduce overreliance on wood fuels Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) in line with the National CSA Framework. She said the country targeted to achieve a tree cover of at least 10% of the land area of Kenya as enshrined in the Kenya constitution 2010 and in line with vision 2030.

President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived in Marrakech to attend the heads of state and governments during the high level segment of the conference.

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