Kenya keen to ad­dress drought, says CS Wakhungu

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Kenya is ac­tively im­ple­ment­ing pro­grammes that will ad­dress de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion and drought, En­vi­ron­ment CS Judi Wakhungu said yes­ter­day.

Kenya has aligned the Na­tional Ac­tion Pro­gramme to the UN’s Con­ven­tion to Com­bat De­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion, she

said.

“The 10-year strat­egy has been rolled out for im­ple­men­ta­tion by the na­tional and county gov­ern­ments, as well as civil so­ci­ety ac­tors,” Wakhungu said in a speech.

It was read on her be­half by En­vi­ron­ment PS Charles Sunkuli dur­ing the open­ing of the fifth ses­sion of the com­mit­tee re­view­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the con­ven­tion.

The func­tion was held at Gi­giri in Nairobi.

Wakhungu said Kenya, in part­ner­ship with JICA, Sene­gal and UNCCD, launched the African Ini­tia­tive for Com­bat­ing De­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion and Re­silience to Cli­mate Change in the Sa­hel and the Horn of Africa, Au­gust, 2016.

“The ini­tia­tive will have key out­puts such as build­ing net­works, knowl­edge-shar­ing and im­prov­ing ac­cess to finance,” she said.

“Th­ese out­puts are im­por­tant in strength­en­ing the coun­try’s ef­forts to ef­fec­tively tackle the chal­lenges posed by de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion, degra­da­tion, and drought in the Sa­hel and the Horn of Africa and en­hance re­silience to cli­mate change,” Wakhungu added.

En­vi­ron­ment PS Judi Wakhungu / FILE

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