The DAI team involved the UKAID supported Strengthening Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change in Kenya (StARCK+) Programme hosted their final StARCK+ learning conference in Nairobi on May 9 and 10. The programme which brings together 6 components implemented by 5 contractors supported Kenya’s efforts in addressing climate change through catalyzing private sector innovation and investment, strengthening climate change governance and supporting civil society advocacy. DAI has been leading the work on climate smart agriculture under the Finance Innovation for Climate Change Fund and the delivering technical assistance to the Government of Kenya while also providing coordination learning across the other components which include an investment in the AECF-REACT window, the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre, the County Adaptation Fund and the Act, Change, Transform civil society fund.
The May 9th and 10th learning conference which focused on Climate Action: Kenya’s Journey to date and the Path Ahead brought together 160 representatives from national government stakeholders, representatives from 32 of the 47 counties, StARCK+ partners, development agencies and private sector actors who have grown their climate change related enterprises with StARCK+ support. The appointment of Climate Change focal points has taken place since the 2017 elections and as a result of the Climate Change Law agreed in 2016. The Climate Change Officers are appointed from the existing county executive officers and will convene key actors in each county to address the key climate change challenges and report directly to the Governor of the County. The Governors will have one Governor sitting on the National Climate Change Council which will be chaired by the President. Much of Kenya is currently being ravaged by floods as a result of unusually heavy rains since March this year and this follows on from a long period of drought which has had significant implications for both pastoralists, dairy farms and crop growers.
The Conference was the first opportunity for the newly appointed climate change officers to develop an understanding of the broad range of areas in which StARCK+ has invested and to meet many of the actors who have been leading the work. Presentations, panelists and discussions focused around four themes – low carbon development, Climate change Governance, Adaptation & Resilience to Climate Change and Climate Finance. The Conservation Secretary from the Ministry of Environment & Forestry, Mr. Gideon Gathara, and the newly appointed Head of DFID Kenya, Sarah Montgomery, opened the conference.
- Low Emission & Climate Resilient Development Project
- United Nations Environmental Programme
- Makueni County - Climate Action
- Makueni County - Resilience
- National Agriculture Insurance Programme
- Wajir County
- Kilifi moringa
- Mara Beef
- Water Forever
- FICCF - Climate Smart Agriculture
- Hydroponics Africa
- Kenya Climate Ventures
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