The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance in collaboration with SNV Netherlands Development Organization organized a one day workshop at Ngong hills Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop was aimed at sensitizing PACJA partners on the funding mechanisms available locally and globally with regards to climate change related initiatives and equipping them so as that they are able to come up with bankable proposals especially for the GCF funding and creating awareness on existing policies both in the counties and national level that support the access to climate finance from various sources.
The workshop audiences were Trocaire Partners, Voices for change project CSCOs (V4CP), Kenya Platform For climate Governance (KPCG). Ms. Olivia Adhiambo, Programmes Manager at PACJA took participants through the evolution of climate governance laws and policies from 1964 to date including the local policies, which are reflected in the Kenyan constitution. Mr. Chrispus Njeru, a Programme Officer at CARE International was next and he facilitated a session on Green Climate Fund access. Finally Dr. Ann Omambia from NEMA took participants through how to access the adaptation fund managed by NEMA.
The final session was a group work exercise where participants (grouped based on their areas of work) were requested to come up with possible project areas from which they will attempt putting up proposals for the GCF and Adaptation fund going forward.
PROPOSED PROJECT AREAS FOR GCF FUNDING
GROUP 1: Voices for change partners
- ) Water harvesting and livestock feeds (Targeting communities in Marsabit
- Establishment of water harvesting areas which include water pans, earth dams etc.
- Fodder growing initiatives
- For partners working in ASAL areas like Marsabit, the communities they work with are pastoralists and hence move in search of pasture. Since the men are the ones who normally move, the women left behind will be in-charge of managing the fodder growing initiatives.
- Implemented using their traditional adaptation systems to enhance ownership
b) Food safety
Proposed food security initiatives are aimed at succeeding the current project funded by SNV that is almost ending. Initiatives will include;
- Development of County food safety plans to mitigate the issue of food loss. Currently, food loss is estimated at 50%.
- Promote clean cooking initiatives e.g. promotion of solar pans in arid counties to generate energy for domestic use.
Contact person for follow up: Caroline Langat
GROUP 2: EMBU TEAM
While coming up with areas for funding, they were guided by what is already existing at the County level i.e. the CIDP and the big 4 agenda. Proposed project areas include;
A)Building up on already existing projects
- Projects around sustainable natural resource management practices.
- Collective marketing targeting chicken and livestock to promote sustainability.
- Promotion of drought tolerant crops (targeting crops with high nutrition value) e.g. cowpeas and sorghum.
- Fodder crop production for animals
- Research around livestock and crop production. How best agroforestry and deforestation can be promoted among communities.
- Soil and water conservation structures i.e. encouraging communities to adopt dry land farming practices e.g. zip its, sunken beds etc.
- Water harvesting;
- Earth dams and small water pans
- Constructing mega dams i.e. along seasonal and permanent rivers.
- Protection of water catchment areas including rivers
- Regeneration of riparian areas using bamboo
- Promoting establishment of tree nurseries and kitchen gardens at village / community levels.
- Introduction of common labor groups for NRM since some initiatives are labor intensive and cannot be undertaken by a few people.
- Sustainable charcoal production as an alternative source of livelihood.
Contact person for follow-up: Nicholas Ngece
GROUP 3: THARAKA NITHI TEAM
- Rain water harvesting for micro irrigation
- Promoting poultry production
- Promoting planting of fruit trees
- Trees planting
- Encouraging cover crops
- Diversification of crops
- Promoting use of non-timber products
- Planting drought tolerant crops
- Post - harvest management
- Promote growing and utilization of orphaned traditional crops
Contact person: Mwende
GROUP 4: KPCG
Proposed projects include;
- Afforestation / agroforestry
- Climate smart agriculture
- Solar energy installations
- Establishment of community resource centers
Contact person - Cheboi