3rd OCTOBER, 2018
The Adaptation TWG held its first county visit to Kitui County for a consultative workshop and training county CSOs on policies such as the NAP, NCCAP (2018-2022) and the Kitui County Climate Change Fund. Mr Mutua of Farm Practice and also the convener of the Adaptation TWG hosted eleven members and the CSOs in Kitui County at Paradise Resort Conference. Some of the local groups who attended the workshop include; Farm Practice, Kagondi Environmental Ecosystem Management (KEEMA) CBO, Kaui Ward Adaptation Planning committee, Food and Agriculture organization (FAO), Ministries of Environment and Agriculture Kitui County, Vision Group, Financial Services Association and Romac Chiondoni Business community.
The chairman of the TWG and also the chairman of the NGOs Council, Mr Cheboi, introduced the members and elaborated the work of the Angaza project in strengthening the capacity of CSOs in climate governance. Members of the TWG introduced their organizations and shared their adaptation work in their respective counties. Mr Mutuku from AYICC and Miss Kerubo from 350.org took the participants through the NCCAP 2018 and NAP elaborating the role of CSOs in climate governance in keeping the government in check and the opportunities available for climate action.
The local groups explained the different ways they are adapting to the changing climate in Kitui. They all expressed how there was an increased intensive drought period as well as flash floods caused by short heavy burst of rainfall. Many of the farmers had turned to drought tolerant crops such as cassava, millet, sorghum, green grams, poultry farming and goat keeping. Kitui government has banned sand harvesting and charcoal burning to save the remaining rivers and forests. Through the Charcoal Management Act and Climate Fund, the government has set aside at least 1% of the county annual budget to climate actions and is promoting briquettes and solar energy for cooking and energy production. It is also promoting value addition and packaging and branding agricultural produce for export. As a pilot project, the fund has also established Ward Adaptation Planning (WAPs) Committees in ten out of the forty wards that will enhance bottom-up advocacy and public participation in climate change actions in the county.
The closing remarks were expressed by Mr Jesse David from BioNet and also the chairman of the Angaza Steering Committee who encouraged the participants to come together as a larger body to represent their views on climate governance in Kitui County. The members agreed to bring on board all CSOs in the county to a larger forum and ensure implementation of the climate policies and promote adaptation in all their activities.
Through the voice for change partnership project (V4CP) PACJA held a consultative meeting to discuss how different stakeholders in the climate change field and the county government can work together on enhancing the resilience of the pastoralist community in Marsabit County. The project which is in partnership with SNV seeks to ensure a stronger resilience of pastoral systems to the adverse impacts of climate change within the county.
Climate change has had and is expected to continue to pose severe impact on the different sectors in the county. Livestock, fisheries, Rangeland and agriculture are some of the sectors most affected. With the county being largely arid and semi-arid, the county government has commenced processes to address climate change issues by developing climate change mainstreaming guidelines, climate change adaptation action plan and an environmental Bill which is being developed. The policy once enacted will enable the counties to benefit from climate funds both allocation from the county government and also from development partners, which will enhance adaptive initiatives in the county.
Stakeholders discussed the different policy processes at varied stages of formulation. It was indicated that the process of development climate change policy in Marsabit has been initiated and is currently at the zero draft. PACJA and other stakeholders within the forum committed to supporting the process which is being spearheaded by MIONET.
Issues of public consultation in development of the policy were also flagged as an important issue to be considered in the early stages of development of the policy. Public consultation is an important component towards the creating of inclusive policies which will address the needs of the community. The civic education and public participation office will be engaged closely to help In creating awareness on climate change issues affecting the county and how the policies will benefit and improve their livelihoods.
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