Kenya’s Climate Change Act, 2016

By Nancy Omolo and Debrah Murphy

The Climate Change Act, 2016 was signed into law on 6th May 2016. The goal of the Act is to provide a regulatory framework for an enhanced response to climate change, and to provide mechanisms and measures to improve resilience to climate change and promote low carbon development. The Act adopts a mainstreaming approach, provides a legal basis for climate change activities through the national climate change action plan, and establishes the National Climate Change Council and the Climate Fund. The Technical Assistance Component of the StARCK+ Programme provided support to the Government of Kenya to develop the Kenya Climate Change Bill. The support included legal advice and input; drafting and review of the Bill; and support for meetings with key stakeholders, including parliamentarians, county governments, sector ministries, civil society and the private sector. The focus of TA support has shifted to operationalizing the Act and developing associated policies and regulations.