REPORT OF THE WEBINAR HELD ON 5TH JUNE 2020 ON THE PROPOSED VAT INTRODUCTION TO CLEAN COOKING AND SOLAR PRODUCTS IN THE FINANCE BILL 2020
The Finance Bill 2020 was tabled in the National Assembly for its consideration on 6th May 2020. The National assembly is expected to resume sitting in June 2020 for the approval of the Bill to allow its implementation at the beginning of the government calendar on 1st July 2020. The Bill proposes introduction to VAT on items previously exempted under concessions accorded by the Cabinet Secretary. Particularly, the Bill introduces a VAT of 14% to Clean Cooking and Solar Products.
Moderated by Joe Ageyo, the webinar facilitated dialogue among the selected parliamentarians, Ministry of Energy representatives, private sector, civil society, consumer groups, and individuals among others.
MEMORANDUM FOR THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ON ENERGY
From: The Kenya Climate Change Working Group on behalf of Civil Society organizations on Clean Energy Access.
KCCWG submitted this memorandum to the Parliamentary Committee on Energy to draw their attention to the several urgent and unaddressed concerns, especially in respect to the proposal on clean cooking and solar products in the Finance Bill 2020-2021 (the “Bill”), published on 5th May 2020. Supported by ACCESS Coalition, Kenya Climate Change Working Group, Sustainable Energy Access Forum – Kenya, Green Africa Foundation, Clean Cooking Association of Kenya and Sustainability Watch Kenya.
ISHIARA COMMUNITY SENSITIZATION FORUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE PROCEEDINGS REPORT
Climate change is a global problem that requires global solutions but since it’s also a local phenomenon, interventions to cope with its impacts require the engagement of stakeholders at national and local levels. The importance of climate change awareness is enshrined in Article six of the UNFCCC which calls upon its parties to among others develop and implement educational and public awareness programs on climate change and its effects. Apart to being a critical principle of adaptation governance, access to information regarding climate change is also important for fair and equitable public participation in shaping and implementing local and national adaptation initiatives. Enhancing stakeholder capacities to participate in decision making processes is key in shaping response and relevant adaptation interventions. This includes access to information on assessments on the impacts of climate change highlighting biophysical and socio-economic impacts, climate change financing schemes including carbon markets and technology development e.t.c.all of which are critical for building the adaptive capacity more so for the vulnerable groups including those living in the ASAL areas.
It is for this reason that the Ishiara community sensitization forum on climate change was organized by KCCWG in collaboration with Ishiara parish with the financial support from Trocaire on 20/11/2014 at Ishiara Parish. The forum brought together 41 stakeholders who were mostly committee leaders representing CPAs, water resource user groups among other groups, representatives from KCCWG, Ishiara parish as well as a representative from Suswatch Kenya. The objective of the meeting was to sensitize the community members on climate change in terms of its causes, impacts and adaptation and mitigation measures that if put in place could help address the adverse impacts.
Ishara Forum Report
BARINGO COUNTY CLIMATE CHANGE DIALOGUE ON POLICY COHERENCE PROCEEDINGS REPORT
Policy Coherence is the systematic promotion of mutually reinforcing policy actions across government departments and agencies creating synergies towards achieving the agreed objectives. Within national governments, policy coherence issues arise between different types of public policies, between different levels of government, between different stakeholders and at an international level. As the initial output of the NCCAP, the LPAR performed an in-depth critical analysis of Kenya’s legal policy and regulatory framework and came up with causes of policy incoherence. Policy incoherence results in contradictions within policy design, structure and roles which cause some part and or the entirety of policy design to become ineffective or un-implemented. This calls for the need to ensure that new and existing policies are consistent, logical and not over lapping.
It is with this background that the first climate change policy coherence dialogue was organized by KCCWG with financial support from HBF.The forum was held on 27th October, 2014 at the Kibellion Hotel in Baringo. A total of 39 stakeholders drawn from civil society Organisations within Baringo County attended the forum (28 Male, 11 Female). Presentations made included: gender and impact of climate change, government response to climate change, existing policies and plans addressing climate change in Baringo County and incoherence of national, sectoral and county policies in view of climate change. Low public participation in the formulation and implementation of public policies and plans, what could be done to address the conflicting mandates on forests falling under the jurisdiction of the county government and the gazetted ones (managed by KFS), how far HBF had gone in sensitizing communities on oil and gas, benefit sharing and conservation as far as the extractive industry is concerned were among the concerns raised by the stakeholders.
1st BARINGO COUNTY CLIMATE CHANGE DIALOGUE ON POLICY COHERENCE PROCEEDINGS REPORT
2nd BARINGO COUNTY CLIMATE CHANGE DIALOGUE ON POLICY COHERENCE PROCEEDINGS REPORT
The scope of climate change governance in Kenya is encompassed in the policy and regulatory frameworks interrelated to climate sensitive natural resources that the country depends on for its livelihood, economic development and general sustenance. According to the draft Legal Policy Assessment Report, pursuant to sub-component 2 of the NCCAP, the foundations of Kenya’s policy and regulatory framework to facilitate adequate responses to the impacts of climate change on energy, health, agriculture, tourism among other sectors are closely rooted in the new constitution. They also form key aspects of national policies documents such as vision 2030,NCCRS,NCCAP,EMCA and the climate change bill 2014 seek to climate proof the country’s institutional are regulatory frameworks while enhancing its adaptive capacity. With the new constitution, devolved units have been put in place with clear mandates for both the national and county levels of engagement. Among the functions of the county governments is drafting of new policies as well as implementation and documentation of policies and bills drafted at the national level. This thus calls for the need to ensure that the policies, bills and plans being developed are coherent.
The need to build the capacity of CSOs to lobby for coherent policies at the county level as well as sensitizing the county leadership on the need to develop and implement policies that are not conflicting or contradictory informed the need to conduct the CC dialogue on policy coherence. The dialogue forum was organized by KCCWG with the financial support from HBF at the Kibelion Hotel in Baringo on 15/12/2014.The workshop which brought together representatives from KCJWC, KCCWG, BACHAMA, Baringo county government, Reto youth group, NACOFA, Kapkuikui bee keepers, Suswatch Kenya , farmers among other stakeholders. The workshop’s objectives was to build the capacity of CSOs in Baringo County to advocate for coherent policies at the county level, assess the level of coherence or incoherence of new and existing policies at the county as well as build the capacity of the county government of Baringo to formulate and implement coherent policies in relation to climate change. A total of 44 participants took part in the dialogue forum.
2nd final Baringo report
Vihiga County Climate Change Sensitization Workshop
Climate Change in Kenya has caused negative socio-economic effects across most sector with the most vulnerable being, agriculture, livestock, forestry, water, health, fisheries, energy, tourism as well as physical and social infrastructure. Some of the impacts have been evidenced by the increase in the incidence and geographical spread of diseases like Malaria as well as more frequent and more intense flooding, droughts, and erratic rainfall patterns. These impacts could worsen in the future if global and national efforts are not enhanced. This calls for the establishment of an enabling environment to enable Kenya attain her development goals and meet international obligations while at the same time maintain her quality of environment.
KCCWG contends that climate change is a developmental issues that goes beyond environmental concerns thus together with other stakeholders and development partners embarked on efforts to come up with a climate change bill that would enable Kenya grow economically towards the low carbon climate resilient development pathway. This yielded the climate change bill 2012 that was unfortunately not passed into law due to limited public participation.KCCWG had embarked on the process again in collaboration with MEW&NR, KEPSA, PANERECC and other stakeholders which has seen the draft climate change bill 2014 go through the first reading and a taskforce to work on the bill gazetted by the CS, MEW&NR.
It is with this background that the stakeholders‟ draft climate change bill and policy sensitization workshop was organized by KCCWG in collaboration with PANERECC with the financial support ACT! The workshop was held on 20th June, 2014 at the Luanda Oasis Hotel, Emuhaya constituency Vihiga County. The workshop which brought together the county governor, county minister of environment, representatives from the ministry of interior and national coordination, members of parliament, ward representatives, village elders, chiefs, representatives from KCCWG, the media and provincial administrators was officially opened by the Vihiga county governor, Hon.Moses Akaranga. The workshop aimed at sensitizing the community members on climate change, its causes, impacts and adaptation and mitigation measures and on the draft climate change Bill and Policy. This was more so to collect their views on the bill and have a buy in from the county leadership and to have a bill that is influenced by the needs of the county.
Among the presentations made included the definition of climate change, its causes, effects and adaptation and mitigation measures, the draft climate change bill and policy and the roadmap and remarks from the area MP, the governor and the deputy county commissioner among others. Key recommendations from the forum included; embracing orphaned crops like cassava which are drought resistant now marketable, adoption of renewable energy like sola and the use of cook stoves, increasing tree cover by rehabilitating encroached forests and reclaiming grabbed wetlands, enhanced partnerships between CSOs and the county government in tackling climate change in the county, dissemination of climate change information and its impacts to create awareness among others.
Vihiga County Climate Change Sensitization Workshop report
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