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Makueni County Government
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Makueni County government is set to access KES 50million for Climate Change adaptation and resilience building after passing the Makueni County Climate Change Fund (CCCF) Regulation, 2015. The CCCF regulation are a first of its kind in Kenya and in deed Africa and provides a mechanism through which counties and vulnerable groups can access and use climate finance to build their resilience to a changing climate in a more coordinated way. Communities are organized and work through elected Ward Adaptation Planning Committees (WAPCs) to identify and prioritize public good investments that are reviewed and approved by County Adaptation Planning Committee (CAPC) based on agreed criteria that include support to dominant livelihood strategies, climate risk management, linkage with county integrated development plan, benefiting many people among others.

Isiolo County government has formed an eleven-member steering committee with the mandate to establish a County Adaptation Fund (CAF) by February 2015 in preparation of accessing climate finance. Four other counties - Makueni, Garissa, Kitui and Wajir – which with Isiolo, are also working with the Adaptation Consortium, are also working towards establishing their own CAFs.

The move is significant as it moves county governments closer to accessing global climate finance, which is set to rise to US$100 billion a year by 2020. Together with their development budgets, this will considerably increase their financial resources to finance investments in support of low carbon and climate resilient development.