Kenya’s 2nd National Climate Change Action Plan (2018 – 2022)
Kenya’s 2nd National Climate Change Action Plan (2018 – 2022). It’s basically a continuation and a comprehensive version of the 1st National Climate Change Action Plan of 2013 – 2017.
This Action Plan first identified priory areas that helped shape the details to be included. These priority areas are:
- Food and Nutrition Security. Whereby they are to assist Kenyans
increasefood production and nutrition security. By promoting agricultural practices that will produce low carbon.
- Disaster Risk Management. This is to be addressed by ensuring measures are put in place
incaseof drought or floods.
- Water and Blue Economy. Blue economy is still a new concept in our country. So they will be able to guide us on how to sustainably use the available water and other resources that
comesalong with. Without practicing over-exploitation of these resources.
- Forestry, Wildlife
andTourism. We are known for our wildlife but their habitat has been shrinking rapidily. We are to increase our forest cover to 10% and rehabilitate degraded lands. This will be a boost to both tourism and wildlife welfare.
- Health, Sanitation and Human Settlements. Here, the plan is to improve on
the solidwaste management in urban areas.
- Energy and Transport. This will help eliminate any energy production that is not climate-proof or contribute to greenhouse gases emissions in huge amounts.
Progress made in this Action Plan include:
- Development of the National Adaption Plan. That is destined to help Kenyans adapt practices that will help curb climate change.
- Establishment of climate change funds. That will be used to support the adaptation plans and practices in five counties.
- Enabled expansion of geothermal, solar and wind power. So as to lower greenhouse gases emissions and natural resources utilization while producing power.
- Provided improvement in legal and policy framework. Which includes Cimate Change Act 2016, National Climate Change Framework Policy as well as National Climate Finance Policy.
This Action Plan also included more parties such as:
- National and County governments.
- Civil Society organizations.
- Vulnerable groups
- Private sector
- Development partners
The above are very important in ensuring that this plan yiled success. It has included all the parties that contribute to the greenhouse gases emission . And best people to teach on the adaptation and mitigation plans while dealing with the consequences as a result of climate change.
Why is this Action Plan necessary and timely?
Our country has already experienced some climate change consequences like droughts and floods. That took with it lives and property. Most parts of country has been greatly affected and it will help us save situations in future.
It will be reviewed after every two years, so as to know what is working, what needs to be upgraded and what’s not working.
If the climate change stakeholders with the help of the involved parties adhere to the guidelines provided. We will be able to curb climate change before it turns our whole country to a desert or a very big ocean. As we all know that Mombasa Island is said to be sinking.
So, all the above efforts are to be practiced by everyone. Everyone to do their part right for the action plan to succeed.