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Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) in Embu County

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.

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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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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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