Day One: Community Meeting

1. Introduction

Daoud Tari of RAP (Resource Advocacy Programme) welcomed participants to the meeting (see appendix 1 for a full list of participants) and invited the local Imam to bless the meeting with a word of prayer. He then recapped the process that had brought all the partners and the participants together. Describing a process that had been on – going for three years, Daoud outlined the six workshops that had taken place in order to design a collaborative approach to addressing climate resilience in Isiolo County.

There was then a short discussion on the importance of mainstreaming climate change and the opportunities afforded by the process of government devolution for affecting real change in the way ‘development is done’. It was explained that the partnership between the Minis try of State for Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands (MSDNKOAL); the Ministry of Planning; National Development and Vision 2030 (MPNDV2030); the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD); and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED ) is focused on bringing together local and formal processes of planning to strengthen communities’ climate resilience.

The agenda for the 6 day process was outlined (see appendix 2 ) and agreed on by participants. The first half of the first day would be devoted to discussing the Kenya Meteorological Department’s ( KMD ) short rains 1 seasonal forecast. Participants from outside Garbatula ward would also participate in this session in order to disseminate the information as widely as possible . F or the remainder of day one and all of day two the focus of discussions would be issues around climate resilience in Garbatula ward.

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