Through the voice for change partnership project (V4CP) PACJA held a consultative meeting to discuss how different stakeholders in the climate change field and the county government can work together on enhancing the resilience of the pastoralist community in Marsabit County. The project which is in partnership with SNV seeks to ensure a stronger resilience of pastoral systems to the adverse impacts of climate change within the county.
Climate change has had and is expected to continue to pose severe impact on the different sectors in the county. Livestock, fisheries, Rangeland and agriculture are some of the sectors most affected. With the county being largely arid and semi-arid, the county government has commenced processes to address climate change issues by developing climate change mainstreaming guidelines, climate change adaptation action plan and an environmental Bill which is being developed. The policy once enacted will enable the counties to benefit from climate funds both allocation from the county government and also from development partners, which will enhance adaptive initiatives in the county.
Stakeholders discussed the different policy processes at varied stages of formulation. It was indicated that the process of development climate change policy in Marsabit has been initiated and is currently at the zero draft. PACJA and other stakeholders within the forum committed to supporting the process which is being spearheaded by MIONET.
Issues of public consultation in development of the policy were also flagged as an important issue to be considered in the early stages of development of the policy. Public consultation is an important component towards the creating of inclusive policies which will address the needs of the community. The civic education and public participation office will be engaged closely to help In creating awareness on climate change issues affecting the county and how the policies will benefit and improve their livelihoods.