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Second National Climate Change Action Plan Launched (2018-2022)

By Michael Muratha 

Climate change continues to pose the greatest challenge to sustainable development across the world. It is the biggest and most complex challenge to sustainable development in this century. It`s impact has continued to be felt by communities around the world, including Kenya. Alive to this fact Kenya recently has launched its second National Climate Change Action Plan to run for the next five years (2018-2022). The plan was launched in a colourful ceremony by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu among other government officials and stakeholders in Nairobi. 

The plan will help mainstream climate change and disaster risk reduction actions in development programs. It will also contribute greatly towards implementation of the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 through its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). More importantly the plan will guide the transition of the country towards a low-carbon climate resilient sustainable development nation. 

Speaking during the launch Cabinet Secretary Prof Judi Wakhungu noted that like many African countries, Kenya remained highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. She further added that Kenya aspires to achieve its development through a low-carbon, climate-resilient development, hence the need to effectively implement the National Climate Change Action Plan, the Climate Change Act of 2016 among other policies and legislations.  

In the recent past, the country has come face to face with the unprecedented challenge of climate change impacts and the corresponding socio-economic losses. Droughts and floods are among other extreme climate change events which have affected the country. These manifestations of climate change constitute a serious threat to Kenya’s sustainable development and have the potential to reverse the modest gains the country has achieved. The launch of this second Climate Change Action Plan is timely as it will provide an enabling environment for implementation of both domestic and international obligations. 

Additionally, The National Climate Change Action Plan (2018-2022) is expected to inform national development policy decisions in all sectors of the economy. A wide range of actors including Government Agencies, private sector and civil society organizations will contribute to the implementation of this plan. 

Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi  Wakhungu in a group photo with government officials, stakeholders during the  launch of the plan in Nairobi

 

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