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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PACJA in partnership with Ishiara Parish through the support from Trocaire are implementing the Community Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation Project in Embu, Tharaka Nithi And Kitui Counties. The project involves working with different stakeholders ranging from the community, CSO, development partners and county government to develop plans and policy on climate change to promote community resilience.
Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) is a process for collective sharing and interpretation of climate forecasts. PSP is conducted as soon as a seasonal climate forecast is made available by meteorological services. Meteorologists, community members, local government departments and local NGOs share their knowledge – both local knowledge and scientific information – on climate forecasts. The participants discussed and appreciated the value of the two perspectives and collectively created a scenario of ways to interpret the information into a form that is locally relevant and useful
The PSP forms part of the adaptation planning process, linking community plans to local government responses and support, as well as to higher level plans.
As a result of the PSP workshops, communities will be able to make more informed choices about their livelihood activities. For example, a local farmer, after receiving advice at the PSP workshop, may choose to plant green grams (ndengu) rather than maize (the most popular crop in the area), since it matures more quickly and does not need supplementary irrigation. The Objectives of the workshop were:
- To develop simplified county weather forecast plans for the March, April May Rainy season
- To break-down the weather forecasts to assess their likely hazards, risks, opportunities and impacts; and develop scenarios based on this assessment.
- Discussion of the potential implications of these scenarios on livelihoods and agreement on plans and contingencies that respond adequately to the levels of risk and uncertainty.
All were done to the satisfaction of the participants and the organizers. As a result of the workshop, a radio talk show has been scheduled for Monday 18th at the Royal Media Services outlet known as Wimwaro FM that has a huge listener ship base in the Embu County and its environs. The talk show is meant to highlight the results of the workshop.
The PACJA Secretariat team is in Accra to provide support to its members, civil society and partners in the series of events organized under the auspices of the Africa climate week (ACW) 2019, hosted by the Government of Ghana between 18th and 22nd March. The event, organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other partners including PACJA, seeks to broaden stakeholder engagement and will be instrumental in demonstrating that there is genuine international support for stepping-up climate action.
The event brings together diverse actors from the public and private sectors and builds on the success of last year’s event especially key outcomes of COP 24 and the just-concluded UNEA4. Katowice Climate talks operationalized the climate change regime contained in the Paris Agreement as it includes guidelines that will implement the framework by setting out how countries will provide information about their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which includes mitigation and adaptation measures as well as details of financial support for climate action in developing countries. Nairobi talks on the other hand (UNEA4) laid the groundwork for a radical shift to a more sustainable future, where innovation will be harnessed to tackle environmental challenges, the use of throwaway plastics will be significantly reduced, and development will no longer cost the earth.
In an effort to strengthen and build on the two outcomes, ACW 2019 becomes a wholly inclusive, “go-to” hub for showcasing groundbreaking action in the region, the event provides encouragement to the implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and climate action to deliver on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the Agenda 2030.
As a partner co-hosting the event, and bringing the climate justice perspectives, PACJA views ACW as a critical moment to interact and articulate the aspirations of civil society and local communities that constitute the bulk of its membership. The Alliance will seize this momentum to mobilise its vast constituency and to ensure that the voices of the most vulnerable – smallholder farmers, grassroots women, indigenous people, fisherfolk, youth, pastoralists, trade unions and small-scale social enterprises – are not only heard, but also influence and inform the outcomes of the ACW .
PACJA and partners have organized several sectoral and thematic convenings and side-events under the theme of the ACW; energy transition, nature-based solutions and cities and local actions. In addition to self-organised events, the Alliance will seek intervention in the official sessions organized to articulate the perspectives of various constituencies represented in the international climate dialogue processes. One key event during the ACW is the youth led side event which will provide African youth with an opportunity to interrogate their role in relation to intergenerational justice and equity. Furthermore, the youth will share ideas on how to enhance their engagement and clearly define their space in climate change discourse; through national positions on loss and damage or their stories and experiences from their own accounts of direct adverse impacts of climate change
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A workshop on Just Energy Transition and Access in Africa was convened as a pre-event of the One Planet Summit in Nairobi on the 12th of March 2019. It was convened through the partnership of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), African Coalition for Sustainable Energy and Access (ACSEA) African Union, African Development Bank, UN Environment, the Society for International Development, Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Christian Aid.
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