Provision of easily accessible, timely and decision-relevant climate information can help society to cope with current climate variability and change; and in turn limit the economic and social damage caused by climate-related disasters. Climate Information Services (CIS) can also support society to build resilience to future climate change and take advantage of opportunities provided by favourable climate conditions. An effective CIS require adequate technical capacities and appropriate communication strategy that enables good exchange within information producers, translators, and user communities.
This initiative outlines a proposed framework for Makueni County Climate Information Services Plan (MCCISP) 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 plan recognizes that the delivery of Climate Information Service, which can effectively support decision making, requires the engagement of a wide range of stakeholders. Stakeholders of the MCCISP encompass: County Government Administration at county, sub-county, ward and village levels, County Ministry Departments across sectors together with their respective extension services, decentralized national Government agencies, religious leaders across different faith groups and denominations, local, community and livelihood associations, private sector bodies and national and international Public Benefit Organisations (PBOs) and universities and research institutions.