Kenyatta International Convention Centre, City Square, along, Harambee Ave, Nairobi, Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya
KE CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT 2023
Kenya like other African countries is bearing the brunt of climate variability and change. Our economy is largely dependent on rainfed agriculture which is susceptible to climate change and extreme weather patterns. Today the Country continues to grapple with the ravages of floods landslides droughts and other natural calamities.
There have been several significant efforts by the Government and Non-Governmental actors to address the challenges arising from Climate change including:
• Kenya signing and ratifying key multilateral environmental conventions treaties and agreements that by virtue of Article 2 (6) of the Constitution are laws of Kenya
• Kenya’s active participation at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP-26) in Glasgow and COP 27 which was held at Sharm el-Sheikh Egypt.
• Kenya’s submission of an updated Nationally Determined Contribution to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change promising to abate greenhouse gas emission by 32 per cent by 2030.
• The National Climate Change Action Plan (2018-2022) which is a five-year plan that helps Kenya adapt to climate change and reduce green house gases
• Numerous projects including the ‘TWENDE’ – Towards Ending Drought Emergencies is an ecosystem-based adaptation project to be implemented in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid rangelands. The project launched on 10th February 2021 is funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and implementing partners. TWENDE project would go towards helping 620000 people in 11 counties of Garissa Tana River Isiolo Marsabit Samburu Kajiado Kitui Makueni Tharaka-Nithi Meru and Taita Taveta and would aim to restore over 500000 hectares of degraded rangelands.
• Most recently the call by the President of the Republic of Kenya (President Ruto) to have Kenyans make deliberate efforts to plant trees.
• Despite Kenya being on the forefront for advocating for Climate Change and launching a National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS) in 2010 and a National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP 2013-2017) in 2013 there’s a need for the Government of Kenya to have a candid and clear discussion incorporating County Governments NGOs Private Sectors Religious Organizations Energy Companies the International World and even Philanthropists on the importance of appreciating and using enhanced and locally led mechanisms to address Climate Change in Kenya.
As climate change risks and vulnerabilities continue to escalate additional concerted efforts will be required to address current and future vulnerabilities. Great focus is currently on the drought menace.
The additional efforts will greatly be achieved through the Public-Private Partnerships; whereby the Kenyan Government Private Sectors NGOS Religious Organizations County Governments and the International World fraternity join hands in addressing the Climate Change menace in Kenya. Locally led approaches in particular are key in addressing climate change.
The two-days Summit Themed “Enhanced and Locally Led Mechanisms to Climate Change Resilience” held at KICC Nairobi on May 4-5 will therefore see stakeholders drawn from all sectors - the National Government Ministry of Environment and Forestry Ministry of Water Sanitation and Irrigation Ministry of Agriculture Livestock Development Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Ministry of Mining Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Heritage Ministry of East Africa Community Arid and Semi-Arid Lands and Regional Development Private Sectors NGOS County Governments Religious Organizations and the International World gather in Nairobi Kenya for two days to deliberate on Climate Change matters in Kenya.
Enhanced and Locally Led Mechanisms to Climate Change Resilience
To initiate plans and strategies towards the adoption of enhanced and locally led mechanisms to Climate Change in Kenyan Counties through Public-Private Partnership
WHY KE CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT 2023
Kenya is a lower middle-income country and aspires to be “a newly industrializing” middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030.
Climate Change Global warming environmental hazards and compounding resultant shocks are having devastating impacts on the entire facets of life posing threat to the survival well-being and future of humanity with children and women being the most vulnerable.
Climate Change threatens the security of not only the various citizens of Kenya in various parts of the country but also the security and the stability of Kenya due to the competition of scarce resources that might emanate from the conflict of the scarce materials.
There is need for the County Governments and the National Government through the various departments to implement plans and strategies in place to deal with the current drought and the likely occurrence of floods.
A.) THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT OF KENYA
1. Ministry of Environment and Forestry
2. Ministry of Water Sanitation and Irrigation
3. Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development
4. Ministry of Energy and Petroleum
5. Ministry of Mining Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs
6. Ministry of East Africa Community Arid and Semi-Arid Lands and Regional Development
7. Ministry of Tourism wildlife and Heritage
8. Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure
1. Panafrican Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)
C.) Green Energy Companies/Organizations
E.) Telecommunication Companies
G.) County Governments
H.) Private Sectors
I.) International World
J.) Religious Organizations
K.) Council of Governors
L.) International World
A Collective and Sustainable plan and strategy towards the adoption of enhanced and locally led mechanisms to Climate Change in Kenya and Kenyan Counties through Public-Private Partnership
KE CLIMATE CHANGE 2023 SUB-THEMES
1. Mitigating Measures Against Climate Change
2. Role of Green Financing and Green Economy
3. Role of Nuclear and Renewable Energy in Combating Climate Change
4. Energy Transition
5. Artificial Intelligence in Climate Change
6. Climate Adaptation
7. Harnessing Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Development
8. Recycling waste
9. Innovation in the Wake of Climate Change
10. Engineering Solutions in the Wake of Climate Change
11. Food Security
12. Climate Change Incorporation in School Syllabus
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