Kenya seeks part of cli­mate change fund

The Star (Kenya) - - News - GIL­BERT KOECH @KoechJu­nior_1

Kenya is among sev­eral African coun­tries fight­ing tooth and nail to se­cure funds aimed at less­en­ing the grav­ity of cli­mate change. The Sh10 tril­lion is up for grabs by de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, as the Paris Agree­ment is set to en­ter into force.

The Euro­pean Par­lia­ment voted on Oc­to­ber 4 to rat­ify the Paris Agree­ment. The rat­i­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ment was de­posited the same week at the UN, which will en­able the Paris Agree­ment to take ef­fect 30 days later – in time for COP22 in Mar­rakech, Morocco. This means de­vel­op­ing coun­tries will get $100 bil­lion (Sh10.1 tril­lion) cli­mate fund­ing ev­ery year un­til 2025. The funds will help turn the world into a zero-car­bon, cli­mate-re­silient fu­ture.

The Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity has urged or­gan­i­sa­tions to sub­mit pro­pos­als to se­cure funds to­wards mit­i­gat­ing and adapt­ing to cli­mate change.

In March, Nema joined a re­spected global list of 33 in­sti­tu­tions ac­cred­ited by the Green Cli­mate Fund after nom­i­na­tion from the Na­tional Trea­sury. This makes an en­try point of funds to Kenya for mit­i­ga­tion of cli­mate change.

Ayub Macharia, the Nema di­rec­tor for en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion, in­for­ma­tion and pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion, said Kenya wants as many pro­pos­als as pos­si­ble to se­cure the fund­ing.

“It is in­tended to pro­vide fund­ing to de­vel­op­ing coun­tries to limit the im­pacts of cli­mate change, tak­ing into ac­count the needs of those de­vel­op­ing coun­tries par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble to the ad­verse ef­fects of cli­mate change,” he said. Macharia urged all coun­ties to hand in pro­pos­als. The Paris Agree­ment makes it clear that de­vel­oped coun­tries will con­tinue to pro­vide and mo­bilise finance to sup­port de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

/ IVY NJERI

En­vi­ron­ment PS Charles Sunkuli speaks on over­com­ing drought in a func­tion at the UN, Nairobi, yes­ter­day

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