Despite the extensive efforts being undertaken to address sustainable development, it is clear that tomorrow’s generation will be left with a liability of huge challenge in environmental, social and economic areas. Kenya is one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change which calls for the need to provide legal and institutional framework for mitigation and adaptation to the effects of climate change to facilitate and enhance response to climate change and provide guidance and measures to achieve low carbon climate resilient development. It is for this reason that KCCWG in collaboration with the KNA came up with the climate change bill 2012 that successfully went through both the first and second reading but unfortunately the former president failed to assent it into law citing lack of public partnership.KCCWG, KNA, in collaboration with KAM, ME&NR, TI KENYA, KEPSA and other stakeholders have embarked on the process again which has seen the gazzettement of the taskforce and the climate change bill 2014 go through the first reading at the parliament.
It is with this background that the MPs sensitization workshop on the climate change Bill was organized on 9th May, 2014 at Flamingo Beach Resort in Mombasa. The workshop was organized by KCCWG in collaboration with MEW&NR with financial support from the government of Kenya through MEW&NR, KAM and the embassy of Sweden and DFID through ACT! The forum brought together stakeholders from the national assembly, the senate, media, KCCWG, TI Kenya, MEW&NR and other CSOs providing an avenue to discuss the draft climate change Bill, the proposed amendments by the taskforce through the Bill’s legal consultant and proposed necessary amendments on the bill before it is presented to the parliament for the second reading.
Presentations made included: the impacts of climate change and the NCCAP, proposed amendments on the climate change bill, climate change opportunities and the UNFCCC process, overview of the draft climate change framework and the role CSOs perspective of climate change .However, the climate change bill and the proposed amendments on the bill was the main agenda of the day. Stakeholders gave their input on the various components of the bill e.g. the institutional structure in terms of administrative, regulatory and oversight functions, the functions of the council, membership to the council especially on the professional qualification/background clause, functions of the cabinet secretary e.t.c.
Recommendations proposed by the stakeholders included: organizing more opportunities for engagement with the senate to capacity build them on the climate change Bill, condensing of the functions of the council, reducing the number of the council members to have a lean body, mainstreaming climate change at the county level through CIDPs, observing the 2/3 constitutional requirement in all the appointments as well as reviewing the NCCAP every three years to be in tandem with the state of the environment by NEMA. As a way forward, it was agreed that the task force and the resource persons meet and make the necessary changes on the recommendations, consultations between the senate and the taskforce to capacity build them on the Bill which would give them a sense of ownership and have the report on the climate change bill and policy presented to the parliamentary committee on environment and natural resources by 3rd June for the house business committee to schedule the bill for the second reading.
The integration of climate information into government policies is important. This is because climate is a major driving factor for most of the economic activities in Kenya. Climate information has however not been easily understandable or accessible. The same has not been adequately factored into most of the sectors of the county’s economy including government’s development policies and plans.
The stakeholders’ sensitization workshop was organized by KCCWG in collaboration with Ishiara parish with the financial support from Trocaire.The workshop was held on 28th April, 2014 at the Ishiara Parish. The workshop brought together the village elders, chiefs, sub-area leaders, representatives from KCCWG and a consultant. The workshop aimed at sensitizing the community members on climate change, its causes, impacts and adaptation and mitigation measures. The area leaders who are the major opinion leaders at the grass roots level would facilitate the dissemination of climate change information at the grass roots level.
Presentations made included; definition of the basic terms that would be used, causes, impacts and evidence of climate change, adaptation and mitigation measures to the impacts of climate change as well as measures put in place to address climate change at the local, regional and international levels. Among the factors highlighted to be contributing to climate change in the area included: cutting down of trees, quarrying, use of herbicides in the farms, uncontrolled dumping of solid waste and encroachment of the catchment areas. Some of the challenges facing the county.
Replication of such a forum at the sub-county level, harmonization of laws and policies, mainstreaming of climate change into the county’s development agenda, sensitization of the communities on the causes, impacts and mitigation measures to climate change as well as the formation of community groups were among the recommendations made.
This report presents deliberations and action points arising from the CRM project reflection workshop that was held at the Panari Hotel, Nairobi on 11th February, 2014.The report is structured around a number of components including presentations, plenary discussions as well as presentations from the CRM project beneficiary counties.
The purpose of the meeting that brought together key stakeholders was for them to assess the milestones made with the onset and implementation of the CRM project, to find out what next/the way forward after the exit of the project as well as share experiences on best practices that could be replicated in other counties. Great emphasis was put on community participation in the management of resources in order to achieve measurable and sustainable results, information sharing as well as research to find out the different adaptation strategies that could be applied in the different countries e.g. research on mathenge(Prosopis juliofora ) to find out the right
species for the different ASAL counties.
Challenges facing the Counties such as water shortage, inaccessible roads, overstocking, charcoal burning and long dry spells among others were identified and recommendations to tackle them proposed such as rainwater harvesting, awareness creation, tree planting, sourcing for alternative source of livelihood, checking on livestock carrying capacity, research on different adaptation strategies as well as catalization of information to the grassroots level.
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