The Kenya Platform on Climate Governance (KPCG) has documented the outcomes of the activities of different projects it implemented at national and county levels throughout the year.
The Kenyan platform of the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) held a meeting at Ngong Hills Hotel in Nairobi, with each of its thematic working groups presenting their achievements for projects undertaken and reviewing challenges and opportunities.
Speaking at the event, in which she represented the Executive Director Mithika Mwenda, PACJA Head of Programmes Salina Senou commended KPCG for being vibrant.
David Jesse, the CEO of the KPCG, gave a brief history of the platform. “PACJA, through the Angaza Project, was able to come up with KPCG,” he said, adding that the platform would not relent in its efforts to fight for adaptation to and mitigation of effects of climate change, guided by the five thematic working groups. “As CSOs we need to engage the government more,” said Jesse.
Jesse, however, expressed the need to firm up the membership process to lock out jokers.
Dickson Kithinji, the Angaza Project Assistant, took the participants through the steps of packaging their outcomes. Some of the outlined outcomes of the working groups are listed below:
- Enhanced tree cover (indigenous and fruits) in Meru, Mbagathi, Kiambu, Kisaju and Nairobi
- More people have embraced the use of clean energy. Clean energy campaigns that include walks and cycling, are some of the strategies used to reach out to the people
- There is an adaption of green buildings as seen in Nairobi
- County officials are embracing climate change and showing interest in taking part in reducing the greenhouse emissions, which is in line with the Paris Agreement
- There was also an increased willingness of different county blocs to press their governments to pledge financial resources towards climate.
Collins Oduor, the Voice for Change Partnerships (VFCP) project undertaken by the platform, enlightened the audience about his project. “We work with pastoral and marginalised communities in different thematic areas to build Climate Change Governance,” he said. Mr Oduor urged Kenyans to conserve their environments for the sake of all, including pastoral communities whose livelihoods totally depended on the environment.
Oduor expressed possibilities VFCP collaborating with KPCG to tackle climate change issues in Kenya.
Yvonne Maingi, a representative from the Department for International Development (DFID) who has been contracted to review the project, was the chief guest.
KPCG has five thematic working groups, namely:
- Gender, Youth and Marginalised
- Technology Transfer, Knowledge Management and Capacity Building
- Climate Finance