The African center for technology studies (ACTS) in partnership with Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) through its Kenyan platform The Kenya Platform for Climate Governance (KPCG), Makueni County government and the Council of Governors organized a two day workshop on mapping and scaling county climate action under the “strengthening non state climate action on global south project. “The project focuses on the Kenyan counties as the sub state actors for which this partnership is targeted as a means of scaling up climate action across the counties. The workshop aimed to map and catalyze the extent of climate action in Kenya, this recognizing the critical role of counties in implementing policies as envisaged by the constitution of Kenya 2010.
The workshop participants included the 41 county government officers designated with matters related to climate change, members of county assembly and delegates from ministry of environment and civil society organizations (CSOs).
H.E Adeline Mwau, Deputy Governor Makueni County urged the participants to lead by example as they are in positions of leadership and people look up to them. She said they should walk the talk and start mainstreaming issues of climate change from their homes.
Victoria Chengo from ACTS stated that their organization aims to work with the county governments to understand how to boost scale and effectiveness of climate action in Kenya. Her words were echoed by Dr Joanes Atela head of climate resilient economies programme, ACTS who stated that counties need to work together to mainstream issues of climate change in their communities. Possible mechanism to mainstream climate change in National planning will be through creating awareness at both the national and county government levels for change in behaviors of production and consumption patterns.
Olivia Adhiambo, senior programme officer PACJA gave a reflection of national climate governance conference that happened last year. The conference was themed “The role of devolved governments in the Transition to low carbon climate resilient economic development “Key recommendations from the conference included devolving climate governance, There is need to ensure coherence between policies and interventions set out in county integrated development plans (CIDPs) and medium term plans (MTPs) with NCCAP,NDCs and the Paris agreement.
Creating strategic partnership was also another reccommendation.Individuals and organizations should explore and nurture partnerships and joint initiatives in areas that are closely inter-linked and mutually re-enforcing towards promoting climate governance. Olivia added that PACJA took into those recommendations and so far the alliance has formulated climate change policies at county levels, working with Kitui, Tharaka Nithi and Embu counties.
At the end of the workshop the participants’ county climate action resolved to:
- To engage local communities, academia, Climate Change Directorate and Civil Society Organizations in the Climate sector.
- Establish climate change policy legal framework – have in place governance structures.
- Support sustainable land use forest conservation and reforestation to reduce GHG.
- Lobby for budgetary allocation for climate action in county budgets.