The County Government of Taita Taveta through the Department of Water, Environment, Sanitation, Climate Change and Natural Resources has hosted an inception meeting in Voi Sub County organised by National Treasury, Climate Change Directorate and GIZ to introduce consultants to the County Government to review and undertake quality checks on legislative and policy framework.
County Executive Committee Member CECM in charge Esther Mwanyumba noted that the County policy regulatory frameworks would undergo scrutiny to enable climate financing.
The County Executive says The County is endowed with required Climate Change governance instruments which include a Climate Change Policy, Environment Policy, a draft Forest Policy, Environment Action Plan and a Climate Change Adaptation Plan necessary apparatus needed to carry out the task ahead.
Advocate Benson Ochieng stated that this is in line with the agenda set where the County Government is required to conclude mentioned instruments to ensure compliance with national policy and global expectations.
“ I am delighted with the County’s leadership which has shown commitment to Climate Change. This is evidenced as this administration has set up a comprehensive Climate Change unit with fully employed officers from every Sub County, “ Mr Ochieng said.
Peter Odhengo Head Climate Finance and Green Economy Unit and Program Coordinator Financing Locally Led Climate Change Action FLLOCA, advised that proper compliance would allow for access to locally-led resources and funds.
Francis Oremo Manager Institute for Law and Environmental Governance noted that fast-tracking of closing the gaps is doable in the stipulated timelines adding that frameworks particularly those that would include well-coordinated local action provide tailor-made solutions to those at the grassroots level.
“ Sustainable Development Goal SDG 13 calls for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts,” said County Chief Officer CCO Water, Environment, Sanitation, Climate Change and Natural Resources Reverend Silvanus Mwakoma.
Thomas Lerenten Lelekoitien, Deputy Director Climate Change Adaptation Climate Change Directorate added that Climate Change is an evolving and relatively new science hence the need to keep abreast with information to influence decisions and action.
Michael Ochieng Deputy Director of Climate Change Negotiations and Finance Climate Change Directorate, Ministry of Environment and Forestry stated that all sectors are often affected by Climate Change hence the need for collaborative efforts to work as a team to reach desired impacts.
Benjamin Mwadeghu Director of Environment said that bringing this unity at the grassroots level ensures County-specific solutions.
“This has been a fruitful meeting that aligns with SDG 17 which allows for strengthening the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development,” County Executive Mwanyumba concluded.
This timely meeting comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s recent visit to London where issues of Climate Change were addressed and the UK announced investments in off-grid solar energy and a new fund to develop green, affordable housing.
Africa is lagging behind in funding receiving less than three per cent of global climate finance; 30 out of the 40 most climate-vulnerable countries in the world are in the African continent.
One of the Climate Change adverse effects include the loss of biodiversity.
In attendance were Ronald Mwakazi, Taveta Sub County Environment and Climate Change Officer, Environment and Climate Change Officers Godfrey Mrombo , Michael Mwakio, Vincent Mwachia, Justus Kimongu among other officials.