The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance has lauded the County Government of Wajir for setting up a climate change fund even as the country witnesses a positive move in climate change policies.
This is after the county government announced plans to spend Ksh96.8 million on the newly launched Wajir County Climate Change Fund to support climate change action projects in the county.
Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Wajir Deputy Governor Ahmed Muktar said the fund, through the Wajir County Integrated Plan, would help implement climate change mitigation and adaptation projects through the promotion of renewable energy and tree planting exercises across the six sub-counties.
“Wajir County has been experiencing increasingly frequent and severe droughts that have weakened the livelihoods of our people and the economy of the county. These are often followed by flash floods that also damage the limited but critical infrastructure of the area such as roads and living areas. As a county, we made a decision to come up with better and coordinated ways of dealing with these challenges even as we wait for national level policies and plans,” said Muktar
“Climate change poses a great risk to development processes and efforts, further emphasizing on the need for an appropriate development pathway that takes into account the diverse risks and uncertainties associated with climate variability and change,” he noted.
Wajir now joins Makueni and Kitui counties as one of the county administrations that have passed laws on climate change action including mitigation and adaptation measures.
The news came just a day after the UN issued carbon credits to a programme that helps farmers install biodigesters in their homes in Burkina Faso.
Over three billion people worldwide cook with charcoal or wood, causing polluted air that contributes to millions of premature deaths every year. Cooking with biogas generated by the digesters – installed by private companies supported through the World Bank’s Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev) – reduces this pollution, while also cutting greenhouse gas emissions, combatting deforestation, and improving the livelihoods of farmers.
Climate change policies in African countries have seen an upward trend, mostly owing to the Paris Agreement that required party states to set up laws in order to implement the treaty that comes into play in the year 2020.
In February this year, Kenyan members of parliament vowed to support the passage of the National Policy on Climate Change that will see the Kenyan government set aside Ksh200 million annually over five years to address the impacts of climate change after it is passed.
The MPs expressed concern that global warming caused by climate change will have an adverse effect on all the sectors of the economy including agriculture, industry, energy, water, trade, and tourism.
The leader of Majority Aden Duale urged MPs to approve the policy to help transform Kenya by implementing the Vision 2030.
He regretted that the cost of managing climate change impacts is increasing day by day and thus needs to be addressed urgently.
“If climate change is left unattended to, it will impede vision 2030 whose aim is to transform Kenya into a globally competitive, middle-income country,” he said.