Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Dr. Pacifica Achieng,Director Climate Change Programmes Coordination, (left) listens to a participant stressing a point during the Climate Change Workshop held in Nakuru. Looking on is Margaret Kamau.

Climate Change is an international issue that affects all sectors of the economy. It is here with us and everyone is affected. We need to deal with it by developing innovative interventions. Everyone has a role to play in a different way to make a difference.

Kenya is among the first countries in the world to enact a climate change law and this demonstrates the country’s commitment on matters of climate change.

The Directorate of Climate Change Programmes Coordination held a three days stakeholders’ workshop in Nakuru to raise awareness on the Climate Change Act, 2016 and develop innovative ways of implementing it.

Addressing participants, the Director of Programmes Coordination, Dr. Pacifica Achieng noted that different sectors were at different levels of implementing the Act and intimated that at the end of the workshop, a unified and inclusive process will be charted to drive the process forward.

It was emphasized that all state departments establish focal climate change desks to institutionalize and mainstream climate change issues in all their respective programmes. Each entity will also be required to submit an annual report on mitigation and adaptative measures taken in their respective sectors. Participants also proposed that climate change studies be streamlined into the education curriculum and teacher education curriculum as an entry point to ensure all actors work towards the same goal of mainstreaming climate change in all sectors.

A draft National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) Tracking Tool and Climate Change Action Registry for mitigation and adaptive strategies was developed to be validated by March, 2017.

Participants were informed that to reduce the effects of climate change, adjustments have to be made to ensure that adaptative capacity is in place so that systems upgrade themselves without going into an emergency mode.

Dr. John Chumo, who represented the Council of Governors, reiterated the Counties’ support for implementation of the Climate Change Act, 2016. He cautioned against duplications between programmes undertaken by the National Government and the County Governments and called on the various sectors to consult with respective County Governments before starting any new programmes to avoid rejection by local communities.

The Directorate has previously held sector meetings with the national government, county governments, private sector, civil society and marginalized groups to sensitize them on climate change issues.

The workshop brought together stakeholders from various sectors to increase their level of understanding of the Climate Change Act, 2016 and agree on sectoral coordination mechanisms.  This is the first among a series of meetings to be held with stakeholders. It was supported by UKaid, UNDP and USAID.

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