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Climate Change Adaptation at Sub-National Level: Lessons from Arid and Semi-Arid Region of Kenya

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Written by Jane Kiiru & Yazan Elhadi

The reality that is climate change, is already affecting the Kenyan economy and its people in different ways. Recent increase in the frequency and severity of climate hazards in the country especially high temperatures, prolonged droughts, and floods among others are largely affecting major sectors including agriculture, water, health and energy. These effects are manifested in frequent crop failure, loss of livestock, increased conflict over resources and in some cases loss of lives.

Arid and Semi-Arid Lands of Kenya are hard hit by effects of climate change with the poor becoming poorer, and hundreds of lives threatened as a result of drought. Drought has become more frequent and unpredictable due to changes in seasons and weather patterns.

Furthermore, the disconnect between community planning and government planning with no clear guidance and framework on how to go about climate change and related adaptation options has exacerbated the problem. Therefore, to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience of both people and the economic system, mainstreaming climate change into budgeting and planning is essential.

Mainstreaming climate change across all planning levels will ensure efficiency and leveraging of the much-needed resources in interventions that will sustainably cushion communities against the much- expected impacts of climate change.

Key Highlights

  • CCCF model provides a proof of concept of sub-national capacity to plan, finance & implement adaptation investments.
  • Empowered communities gainfully engage with their governments on the development agenda.
  • CCCF laws will enable county governments access climate finance both at international and local level.
  • Timely and accurate weather forecast help communities make critical decisions.
  • Community engagement delivers lasting and positive changes¬†
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  • Publisher:
    Adaptation Consortium
  • Published:
    2016
  • Theme:
    Climate Change
  • Language:
    English