PACJA in partnership with Ishiara Parish through the support from Trocaire are implementing the Community Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation Project in Embu, Tharaka Nithi And Kitui Counties. The project involves working with different stakeholders ranging from the community, CSO, development partners and county government to develop plans and policy on climate change to promote community resilience.
Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) is a process for collective sharing and interpretation of climate forecasts. PSP is conducted as soon as a seasonal climate forecast is made available by meteorological services. Meteorologists, community members, local government departments and local NGOs share their knowledge – both local knowledge and scientific information – on climate forecasts. The participants discussed and appreciated the value of the two perspectives and collectively created a scenario of ways to interpret the information into a form that is locally relevant and useful
The PSP forms part of the adaptation planning process, linking community plans to local government responses and support, as well as to higher level plans.
As a result of the PSP workshops, communities will be able to make more informed choices about their livelihood activities. For example, a local farmer, after receiving advice at the PSP workshop, may choose to plant green grams (ndengu) rather than maize (the most popular crop in the area), since it matures more quickly and does not need supplementary irrigation. The Objectives of the workshop were:
- To develop simplified county weather forecast plans for the March, April May Rainy season
- To break-down the weather forecasts to assess their likely hazards, risks, opportunities and impacts; and develop scenarios based on this assessment.
- Discussion of the potential implications of these scenarios on livelihoods and agreement on plans and contingencies that respond adequately to the levels of risk and uncertainty.
All were done to the satisfaction of the participants and the organizers. As a result of the workshop, a radio talk show has been scheduled for Monday 18th at the Royal Media Services outlet known as Wimwaro FM that has a huge listener ship base in the Embu County and its environs. The talk show is meant to highlight the results of the workshop.