West Pokot County Climate Change Regulations to Strengthen Mitigation Efforts
Stakeholders drawn from various government agencies and NGOs with the County Department of Water, Environment, Natural Resources, and Climate Change have today validated County Climate Change Fund Regulations, 2022 at Kapenguria.
With support from World Vision-IMARA Project and USAID-KUZA Resilience Program represented by John Githiaka, the Regulations will provide for the establishment of an institutional framework for the operationalization of Climate Change interventions in every ward as stipulated by West Pokot County Climate Change Fund Act, 2021.
Led Kennedy Pkew- Director of Environment, said the regulations will further scale up Climate Change actions in line with Paris Agreement 2015, focusing on sustainable development and prioritizing environmental management.
Underpinned by shared principles and a common approach to tackling the effects of climate change, Mr. Pkew said the interventions will be informed by community priorities so as to render significant progress in adapting to climate change and its mitigation. He further said that County Climate Change Coordination Committee will be responsible for implementing policy frameworks for mitigating and adapting to climate change from the ward levels in line with the West Pokot County Climate Change Fund Act, 2021 and its regulations.
“We need to mainstream climate adaptation into both national and county level finance management systems. Climate change is a global phenomenon that requires quick interventions in terms of funding and policy regulations,” pointed out Mr. Pkew.
An annual minimum of 2 percent of the county’s development budget towards climate change adaptation and resilience building.
John Githiaka applauded the county's efforts made in legislation and policy development, saying the progress made has put West Pokot County among the top counties with a good development record.
The Regulations will enable the county to access climate change finance from a variety of sources such as the Financing Locally led Climate Action Program (FLLoCA).
West Pokot County has, and continues to be hard hit by climate change, resulting in prolonged droughts, landslides, and floods, hence the regulations will play a key role in mitigating its adverse effects.
Present were stakeholders from World Vision, Red Cross, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Kenya Forest Service (KFS), County Assembly representatives, and county officials.