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The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) in partnership with Adaptation (Ada) Consortium will today launch a County Adaptation Fund (CAF) of KES. 337,500,000 million (£2.5m). The function will be presided over by the County Governor of KituiHis Excellency Dr. Julius Malombe.CAF aims to strengthen Adaptation and build resilience of communities to climate change in the five counties of Garissa, Isiolo, Kitui, Makueni, and Wajir.

The fund successfully piloted in Isiolo is now being replicated to other four counties of Garissa, Kitui, Makueni and Wajir and is supported by UK Department for International Development (DFID). CAF will be administered through appropriate local level adaptation planning structures at county and ward level.

“The important thing about this approach is that vulnerable communities are the ones making decisions on what should be funded through their Adaptation Planning Committees (ADPs),” says Victor Orindi, Ada coordinator based at the NDMA. “This ensures that interventions address needs felt on the ground and that resources reach the most deserving. The mechanism can further be used by county governments and vulnerable groups to mobilise resources internally and externally to fund resilience building activities efficiently and effectively” adds Orindi

A pilot project to support adaptation to climate change at the local level in Isiolo County has been such a success that it is being replicated in four more Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) counties, to cover a combined 29 per cent of Kenya’s land. The move is significant as it shows how county governments could access global climate finance, which is set to rise to US$100 billion a year by 2020.

The UK Department for International Development, which finances the fund, has given the pilot project an A+ grade. Under the management of the National Drought Management Authority, lessons learnt from Isiolo are now being applied to Garissa, Kitui, Makueni and Wajir Counties, with the Wajir launch taking place on 24 January 2014.