The Eldoret edition of the training on access to Green Climate Fund has confirmed that there has been need to empower representatives from various counties on matters climate funding.
The training offered by Panafrican Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and the National Treasury has focused on the available opportunities for Climate funds and how to access them.
After identifying the effects of climate change that bedeviled many communities, especially those in poor countries, nations decided, through United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to collect funds from developed countries and disseminate the same to developing and least developed countries to help adapt and mitigate climate change.
The GCF and Adaptation Fund were some of the targeted resources. The funds are available for developing countries and least developed countries, but many organisations and counties do not know how to apply for them or access them, as was evident in the training at Eldoret.
PACJA and the National Treasury have, therefore, been enlightening participants from blocs of counties on the procedures and requirements for them to access the funds.
Participants in the Eldoret forum were from Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Trans-Mara, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Nakuru and Marsabit.
Many confessed to ignorance on the availability of the funds, and another lot that knew they existed had no idea how to package themselves and easily access the same.
The objective of the training, which was to sensitize and create awareness among county government officials and county stakeholders on Climate Financing opportunities, was achieved.
Participants learnt how to identify potential bankable projects that would enhance livelihoods of communities. The training is running for three days from 27th to 29th May 2019.
The target group of the training was county officials, CSOs and county stakeholders. The groups are required to gain knowledge on GCF and be able to develop a concept note to request for GCF funds through the help of National Treasury technicians.
The training has been able to unpack the evolution of the climate change finances globally from the Kyoto protocol, where adaptation fund was ratified, to UNFCCC, where GCF was given birth to.