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Financing climate action

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“Our action on climate change is urgent, the more we delay, the more we will pay in lives and money,” said Ban Ki-moon, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations.
The issue of climate change is one that has been undermined for long. As more years go by, the more the climate change impacts continue to ravage the globe.
Kenya is one of the countries that have registered adverse effects of climate change, this especially in Counties, a common case was Budalangi area in Busia County for instance is reknown for being flood prone. Lake Baringo, Nakuru, Turkana are the other areas notorious for flooding and in fact, currently, their water levels are rising displacing thousands of people and destroying hard- earned property. The other recent and notable case of climate change effects was the West Pokot one in 2019 where flash floods caused massive landslides causing major havoc. The Eastern counties are also known for being drought- prone. It has caused hunger, which has caused deaths of many people and at the same time impeding efforts to attain food security.
Truly, the effects of climate change are not just slanted on the environment side but are cross- cutting. It has had effects on the food security and poverty reduction efforts, availability of water, health, built environment and so on. It has also shaken up the economy as a lot of money has had to be used to mitigate the effects. With devolution, such counties were supposed to have reported many success stories but the effects of climate change have slowed development.
In light of this, the efforts to build resilience to adaptive capacities of Kenyan communities to the effects of climate change are being boosted. The Word Bank program on Financing Locally Led Climate Action (FLLLCA) is one such seeks to support the Government of Kenya in strengthening local resilience to the impact of climate change, natural hazards, and other shocks/stressors by building capacity to plan, implement and monitor resilience investments in partnership with county governments and communities. This will be achieved through capitalizing on the National Climate Change Fund and subsequent County Climate Change Funds, building county level capacity for planning and implementation of local climate action and strengthening national level capacity for coordination, monitoring and reporting.
The Programme will be implemented at the National and county level to support the enablers as outlined in the National Climate Change Action Plan and is organized along the policy, legal and regulatory framework for climate change , capacity building, decentralized financing, community led actions, technology and innovation and measuring climate results components.
The County readiness assessments for the Programme for the North Rift, Lake region, South Eastern Kenya and Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani Blocs have been concluded. The readiness assessments are meant to determine the status of County Governments in enacting relevant climate change laws and the County climate change fund mechanism which are minimum access conditions for fund access.

 

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