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Counties to benefit from Sh39 bi*lion climate plan

Tuesday, March 26th, 2024 03:45 | By
Council of Governors Chairperson Anne Waiguru
Council of Governors Chairperson Anne Waiguru. PHOTO/@AnneWaiguru/X

The government, in collaboration with development partners, has secured Sh39.3 billion to roll out a climate action financing programme.

Through the initiative dubbed Financing Locally Led Climate Action (FLLoCA), the government targets to ensure climate finance reaches the most vulnerable communities who bear the brunt of the devastating effects of climate change.

National Treasury and Economic Planning Cabinet Secretary Njuguna Ndung’u said the programme to be implemented in 45 rural counties comes after a successful piloting of county level climate change funds which proved to be effective in fostering deeper understanding of climate change and identifying tailored solutions to mitigate the effects.

With support from the World Bank, Germany (KFW), Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands, the government, he added, had set in motion the process of releasing the funds to the counties.

“Our focus is on enhancing our national systems to ensure funds reach the most vulnerable individuals leveraging existing capacities to respond to shocks and evolving trends. Equally important is the flow of information and learning back to the national level enabling us to assess effective strategies and monitor our progress in bolstering resilience,” he said.

Extreme poverty

The FLLoCA programme, he explained, aims to promote cross agency collaboration and linkages spanning community and national levels and the international development agencies to effectively address climate change.

Speaking in Kisumu during the launch of the initiative for 16 Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) counties, the CS said lack of funds was the biggest hindrance to inclusive community development and adaptation to climate change pushing tens of millions into extreme poverty.

The LREB component of the FLLoCA programme funded by KfW Development Bank (Germany), he said aims to enhance the capacity of the 16 agro-ecological counties of Trans Nzoia, Elgeyo Marakwet, Bungoma, Uasin Gishu, Busia, Kakamega, Nandi, Siaya, Vihiga, Kisumu, Kericho, Homa Bay, Nyamira, Migori and Kisii to decentralise climate finance and foster local resilience at the ward level to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change effectively.

Speaking during the occasion, Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Soipan Tuya lauded the support from development partners saying it would go a long way in addressing gaps in climate change adaptation and mitigation in the country.

Lack of resources, she said, was a big challenge, adding that the country requires Sh62 billion annually to roll out climate mitigation programmes and up to Sh170 billion to implement a long term strategy.

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