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Kenya’s economy is highly dependent on the natural resource base, and thus is highly vulnerable to climate variability and change. Rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns, resulting in increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as droughts and flooding threaten the sustainability of the country’s development. ASALs are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts especially in the absence of sufficient investments in mechanisms to build resilience.

PACJA with support from Trocaire has for the last 2 years been implementing the Community Resilience and Climate change adaptation project in Embu, Tharaka Nithi and Meru areas which are currently under threat from land degradation and desertification caused by climatic variations and human impacts such as overgrazing of livestock, smallholder farming on poor soils, deforestation and unsustainable utilization of the scarce natural resources. Potential impacts include loss of biodiversity, threats to animal and plant species, change in vegetation composition and structure, decrease in forest coverage, rapid deterioration of land cover, and depletion of water quality and quantity through the destruction of catchments and underground aquifers.




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