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NATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION PLAN 2013-2017

By Evelyne Macharia 

 

The National Climate Change Action Plan 2013-2017 is Kenya’s first Action Plan on Climate Change. It has been developed with the aim of implementing the National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS) that was launched in 2010. Climate change is the most serious global challenge of our time. The 2010 National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS) recognized the importance of climate change impacts for Kenya’s development.

 

This National Climate Change Action Plan developed in 2012 is the logical next step to enable Kenya to reduce vulnerability to climate change and to improve our country’s ability to take advantage of the opportunities that climate change offers. The Action plan is the result of a year –long participatory process involving the public sector, the private sector, academia and civil society, under the leadership of the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources guided by a multi stakeholder, multidisciplinary taskforce. 

 

Kenya Forest Service is working tremendously to have low carbon development actions by mainly restoring forests on degraded lands and reforestation of degraded forests. Tree planting of indigenous/ natural forests is highly encouraged by the service. Kenya Vision 2030 – the long term development blueprint for the country aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens in a clean and secure environment. A low carbon climate resilient development pathway as set out in this National Climate Change Action Plan can help meet vision 2030’s goal through action that address both sustainable development and climate change. The Government of Kenya (GOK) is taking climate change and its impact on development seriously. Between 2005 and 2015, the GOK has committed approximately KSH. 37 Billion (USD 2.29 billion equivalent) to programmes that they classified as having a significant or principal climate change component.

 

To recognize the risk posed by climate change the Government of Kenya published its National Climate Change Response Strategy in 2010 to investigate vulnerability in the country and potential future responses.  The National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) 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 organization will contribute to the implementation of the NCCAP. As Climate change planning is a cross cutting and dynamic process, it is anticipated that the recommended actions will be tracked continuously and that the NCCAP will be revised and updated on a five yearly cycle in line with the national planning and budgetary processes.                                                                                      

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