A PSP Baraza with local youth and elders at pastoral zones of the county [PHOTO: COURTESY]
Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP) is a multi-stakeholder forum for accessing seasonal climate forecasts and translating them to relate to local livelihoods and developments so as to generate information that is useful for decision making and planning at seasonal timescale.
PSP entails raising awareness and knowledge of the importance of environmental sustainability, Natural Resource Management (NRM) and the causes and effects of climate change and improving access to and use of appropriate NRM and climate change technologies and services particularly for women, male and female youth and the vulnerable groups.
Participatory Scenario Planning is coordinated by ASDSP-West Pokot through West Pokot NRM and Climate change working Group Chaired by NEMA County Director of Environment West Pokot, Christopher Muchiri. Members are drawn from the relevant line ministries/departments and the civil society. Normally, the climate change working group is an adhoc member committee drawn from West
Access to and use of climate information is critical to understanding the varying climate change and assessing its influence Pokot County Technical Environment Committee.
The objectives of the PSP in the county are; the usage of climate and weather information in West Pokot County so as to enable communities mitigate against the risks of climate and weather variability, provide a forum through which climate experts can interact and exchange information with users of climate, develop sector specific scenarios and advisories for planning purposes under the predicted climate/weather forecasts and share out information on best practice in the wake of high climatic variability.
on lives, livelihoods and development which in west Pokot are heavily reliant on nomadic pastoralism and smallholder rain-fed agriculture.
On the other hand, climate information is an important contributor to agricultural development that is sustainable and resilient to the variations and changes in climate. For example, climate information enables an understanding of shifting agro-climatic zones with implications on the types of crops that can do well in different areas.
Consequently, climate information informs the focus and development of agricultural value chains that are best suited to different climatic contexts. Actors of value chain can then make informed, appropriate and anticipatory decisions and plans on agricultural technologies and practices.
This forms the multi-stakeholder forum for accessing seasonal climate forecasts and ‘’translating’’ them to relate to local livelihoods and developments so as to generate information that is useful for decision making and planning at seasonal timescale.
West Pokot County normally holds two PSP in a year during long and short rains.