Kenya is frequently affected by weather-related disasters, particularly droughts and floods. Drought occurs cyclically and historically it has affected Kenya’s economy more significantly than floods. Recurrent droughts have destroyed livelihoods, triggered local conflicts over scarce resources and eroded the ability of communities to cope. Heavy rainfall during the season causes flash floods which mostly affect urbanised areas.
Kenya Meteorological Department has given climate information for many years but the uptake has been limited due to a number of reasons. Most of these reasons revolve around i) relevancy and content of the climate information services, ii) the channels of communication, and iii) understanding of the climate information given to the public.
This initiative outlines a proposed framework for Isiolo County Climate Information Services Plan (ICCISP) which aims to develop and deliver weather and climate information which can support local, sub-county and county-level decision making at time frames of hours, days, weeks, months, seasons and years in line with the County, national and international development frameworks including the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP), Constitution of Kenya 2010, Kenya Vision 2030 and the National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS) as well as the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).
The Climate Information Services (CIS) Plan aims to support society to build resilience to future climate change and take advantage of opportunities provided by favourable climate conditions.