WARD CLIMATE CHANGE COUNCILS WORKSHOP
The Workshop was officially opened by Mr James Ngugi Chief Officer-Kajiado County ,department of Environment,Natural Resources & Climate Change.
Following Projects prioritization and training needs exercise under the FLLoCA program held at the community level in all the 25 Wards in Kajiado County ,department of Water Services ,Environment &Natural Resources in collaboration with Kccwg_Kenya & Arid Lands Information Network – ALIN conducted a capacity building workshop for Kajiado Central and Kajiado East Ward Climate Change Councils on the proposed topics by the communities. Grievances redress mechanisms, project proposal develpoment,project cycle and environmental safeguards were among the topics mentioned by the communities.
WORKSHOP FOR DEVELOPMENT OF KAJIADO COUNTY COUNTY CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY
Department of Environment,Natural Resources & Climate Change in partnership with World Vision KOICA had a workshop for the development of Kajiado County Climate Change Policy.
World Vision ,KOICA has project dubbed “Kajiado Sustainable Environment and Economy against Drought degradation in TEDA (K-SEED) Project. K-SEED project seeks to promote an integrated climate change (mitigation-adaptation-response) project for Narok and Kajiado counties, which are environmentally and
economically important in TEDA.
Among the other components of K-SEED Project is to support policy and system improvement in respond to climate change.
The workshop brought together all stakeholders across the county and related departments to share their views related to policies ,action plans & strategic frameworks in policy making.
Participatory Climate Risk Assessment (PCRA) exercise under the FLLOCA (Financing Locally Led-Climate Actions).
The County Government of Kajiado, through the department of Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change have completed the PCRA exercise in all the twenty five wards across the county.
Participatory Climate Risk Assessment (PCRA) exercise under the FLLOCA (Financing Locally Led-Climate Actions) program funded by World Bank is a process in which the communities affected by climate change come together to identify and analyze the risks and hazards they face and also suggest possible solutions to address these risks.
The purpose of the PCRA exercise is to identify hazards and risks climate change poses at the community level. It also create more resilient communities that are prepared to face climate change challenges.
We would like to appreciate the Dr. Leina Mpoke CECM Environment, Madam Grace Saitoti Co Environment, technical working group,admnistration,state and non-state actors,Sub-county admins, Ward admins, Village admins and the communities for their support during the process.
We look foward for a better Environment.
World Environment Day!
Theme: Solutions to Plastic Pollution.
Department of Environment,Natural Resources and Climate Change in collaboration Ngong Municipality,NEMA Kajiado,Adventurer Club,Kenya Scouts Associations Ngong Hills t,and many other partners celebrated World Environment Day in a clean up exercise and tree planting activity.
The Chief guest was Mr Mark Ongwenyi director NEMA Kajiado.
The Clean up exercise took place in Ngong Town whereby all the partners involved collected all waste including plastic making the town safe and clean for all residents.
Over three hundred tree seedlings were planted along Mbagathi river between Nairobi National Park and Naretunoi Community Conservancy .
K SEED PROJECT
H.E. Joseph Ole Lenku, EGH With World Vision Koica signed an MoU for K-SEED Project.
World Vision Koica in collaboration with Kajiado county ,department of Environment,Natural Resources and Climate Change is implementing a new project dubbed
“Kajiado Sustainable Environment &Economy Against Drought Degradation in TEDA (K-SEED)project.”Its a 15 year programme which seeks to promote an integrated climate change (mitigation-adaptation response) in promoting resident -led landscape restoration in areas of Oldonyo Orok,Maparasha and Ngurumani.The project also creates sustainable green businesses and supporting policy and system improvement in respond to climate Change.
The key objective of the sector is provision of a secure environment sustainably through promotion, conserving and protection of the environment. The mandate of the sector includes conservation and protection of national wildlife and water catchment area conservation, control and protection. It further consists of re-afforestation programs and Agro-forest and restoration of strategic water towers.
Improved environmental and natural resource conservation, management & utilization
Environmental Conservation, Afforestation and County Greening
The county is faced with serious environmental degradation as a result of population pressure, pollution, soil erosion, charcoal burning and logging, prolonged drought and forest fires. The county government will initiate programs towards environmental conservation such as environmental conservation awareness programs and greening program. The greening program will target to increase forest cover to at least 10 percent.
Environmental conservation program
The government will formulate Environmental policy and greening regulations, ensure protection of river and riparian areas through enforcement of regulation on cultivation along river beds and rehabilitation of degraded rivers at the riparian areas. Additionally, the government will enhance use of green technologies such as biogas and solar in order to discourage the use of fossil fuels.
Enhanced resilience to vulnerabilities of climate change
- Adapting Climate Change Mechanisms
The County Government will put in place measures to adapt to climate change by developing climate change and adaptation policy and guidelines to mainstream environment and climate change in County planning and budget. The Government will strengthen coordination of climate change related activities the County.
In addition, the county will initiate partnerships with development partners and tap on climate change funding and carbon credits for conservation of environment and increasing forest cover.
b). Disaster Preparedness and Risk Mitigation
Disaster is a serious disruption in the functioning of a society that results in widespread human, social, economic or environmental loses which exceed the capacity of the affected society to cope using its own resources. Disaster preparedness enables a community to respond effectively to disasters while disaster risk mitigation aims at reducing damage caused by natural hazards like floods and droughts.
Functions of the Department
Promote water harvesting and modern irrigation methods Secure and conserve water catchment areas:
- Protections and Rehabilitation of existing natural water sources such as springs, swamps and rivers
Rehabilitation of degraded places & mitigating the effects of floods:
- Promotion of planting of appropriate trees and rehabilitate degraded catchment areas.
- Enforcement of environmental and water resources management laws to deal with poaching, encroaching on catchment areas and wildlife reserves, degradation through mining and charcoal burning and illegal diversion of rivers.
Rehabilitation of degraded areas such as hills and rivers:
- Mobilize communities around degraded sites in order to win their support for the projects.
Education and awareness:
- Develop site specific environment management plan acceptable to all stakeholders.
Ensuring compliance on EIA/EA, waste, water quality and noise regulations:
- Undertake interventions that will reduce degradation and provide livelihoods improvement to the surrounding communities on a sustainable basis.
- Operationalize the environmental coordination and management act;
- Awareness creation on individual rights under the new Act;
- Promote alternative sources of energy;
Reduce environment degradation to minimal levels:
- Initiate aggressive Campaign on tree planting and reforestation;
- Environmental Days and Awards;
- Increase surveillance and enforcement of existing regulation on charcoal trade;
- Resettlement of squatters on settlement schemes;
- Increase surveillance and ensure enforcement of the EMCA ACT;
- Increase education on integrated pest management and the extension services;
- Aggressive Campaigns on proper waste disposal/management and use of biodegradable materials;
- Promotion of an integrated Approach of conservation initiative;
- Promotion of conservation initiatives focused on certain Catchment areas;
- Emphasis on conservation for production or activities/outputs that farmers Can derive and share.