Kenya’s County Adaptation Fund project was presented at COP21. It aims to help five counties access climate finance. To ensure that the money reaches local communities, the project has a devolved governance system that prioritizes local communities' funding wishes. The project found that investing in processes that build the capacity of communities and local governments to engage with each other takes time and resources – but was a critical task and delivered a more lasting positive change.See: http://www.adaconsortium.org/

County Climate Information Services (CIS) Plans are strategies aimed at mainstreaming climate information at all levels within the county structure and processes by providing timely and relevant information to help in decision making at the county and household levels. The Kitui and Makueni County CIS plans are in place and being implemented with 2,000 CIS intermediaries trained to cover the two counties. Wajir, Isiolo, and Garissa CIS plans are in advance stage and they will be completed by December 2015. The total number of people reached with climate information stands at 269,053 households, this was made possible by the intermediaries who disseminated the information to the different households.

In Kenya, approximately 70% of households use woody biomass as their primary energy for cooking. The majority of this is burnt on smoky open fires and inefficient cooking stoves, whose toxic fumes lead to air pollution, contribute to climate change and kill approximately 15,000 people every year while damaging the health of many more. However, these numbers will now decline thanks to the increased distribution of Safi ethanol cookers in populous areas of Kibera and Kawangware, and improved charcoal stoves to Finlays’ farm workers in Naivasha and Timau.

The Technical Assistance (TA) Component of the StARCH+ provided support to the Government of Kenya (GoK) in its preparations for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, held December 2015 in Paris. 

The Paris Agreement was adopted by 195 countries as the first universal climate agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Key elements of this agreement include:

  • Keeping global temperature increase to below 2C compared to pre-industrial levels and endeavouring to limit the increase to 1.5C
  • Reviewing each country’s contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions every five years to encourage scaled up reductions
  • Encouraging richer nations to commit to help poorer nation by providing climate finance

Kenya mobile phone penetration is at over 80%, approximately 32 million of the Kenyans have mobile phones. Agriculture and Climate Risk Enterprise (Acre Africa Ltd) using the ICT platform designed by AGIN Ltd provides farmers with climate data from downscaled weather forecasts via their mobile phones. Some of the observed weather advisories received by farmers through short message services-sms read like this: 

“Dear Farmer, September crop is expected to have a loss of about 25% due to drought at germination, some October crop is expected to have a loss of about 3%.”

Source: http://www.iied.org/award-win-highlights-collaboration-for-kenya-climate-resilience

15 April 2015

A consortium working to support climate change adaptation in Kenya has won a prestigious UK award. The Adaptation Consortium is a partnership of six organisations including IIED.

Source: Sophie Mbugua, Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 22 Sep 2015 05:48 GMT

http://news.trust.org//item/20150922054955-helib/

YAMICHA, Kenya, Sept 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gusts of wind blow the dust coming from thousands of animals as they make their way to Urura borehole in Kenya's arid northern Merti ward.

The well is set in a grazing area reserved for use only during severe drought periods. This dry month, about 3,000 cows, 12,000 goats and 1,800 donkeys access the strategic water reserve every day.

Abdi Matoiye from Biligi village and his 100 cows have walked for about 20 kilometres (12 miles) to get here - and it's not just the water that is the attraction.

Matoiye recently lost a cow after it was bitten by wild dogs infected with rabies. Now he is worried that the calf is showing signs of the disease too. Fortunately, a veterinarian is available to answer this distress call.

By Serah Nderitu - February 26th 2016. Adapted from http://www.kenyacic.org/?q=content/next-steps-making-paris-agreement-reality%E2%80%A6

All eyes are now set on April 22nd 2016, not because it is the International Mother Earth Day, this time attention will be on the  high-level signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This event will be a first step in implementing the Paris Agreement, which was adopted in Paris last year. The historic climate deal has been received with mixed emotions from cheers and ovations from  world  leaders to sharp criticisms from climate activists. 

So What Happens Next?...
What took place in December was only the ‘adoption’ of the agreement by the Conference of Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), these are countries that are signatories to the UNFCCC. For the Agreement to enter into force and be legally binding, at least 55 countries that account for at least 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must ratify or approve the agreement through their own domestic legal systems, then deposit this approval with the United Nations. The Agreement will be open for signatures for one year, until April 21, 2017.Given the importance of the Paris Agreement and the political momentum created at COP 21, experts   are pretty confident that a good number of heads of states will attend this high-level signing event. 

Source: http://elninoreadynations.com/

The UK government has launched a project in the Rift Valley and Western in which farmers will get updates on weather through the SMS. CS

The platform known as Western Wiser Project is expected to benefit more than 300,000 farmers. 

It is being piloted in Trans Nzoia, Siaya, Kisumu and Kakamega counties.

Experts from Britain are helping to start the project.

Calistas Wachana, the meteorology officer in Trans Nzoia, said the updates will help farmers plan their agricultural activities.

Farmers will also get other relevant information, he said.

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