NEMA’s Adaptation fund improving livelihoods

From Left: NEMA’s Board Member Dr. Juma Ngeiywa, CCCM Evans Nyabuto and CDA Director Mwanasita Kavemba planting a Mangrove seedling at Ganzi in Kwale County

BY SAMWEL IRUNGU

NEMA has been implementing the global Adaptation Fund, for the Integrated Programme to build Resilience to Climate change and Adaptive Capacity of Vulnerable Communities in Kenya. The program is undertaken in 14 selected counties in Kenya. The Adaptation Fund is a finance mechanism provided for under Kyoto protocol of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) of which Kenya is a signatory.The programme is designed to respond to effects of Climate Change and covers; water management, food security, agro forestry, coastal and mangrove ecosystems and disaster risk reduction. This aims at developing and implementing integrated adaptive mechanisms to increase community livelihood resilience to climate change in a number of ways.One of the Executing Entities for the programme is Coast Development Authority (CDA). CDA has been able to achieve the following based on the funding from NEMA’s adaptation fund; A 12,000 Cubic Meter water pan at Midoina in Kilifi Sub-County has been completed and in use, 171,045 Mangrove seedlings have been planted for rehabilitation of Mangrove forests in Kwale County, Coral reef rehabilitation and restoration in Wasini is complete (27 natural transfers of corals and 173 artificial transfers of corals) and assessment of impacts of sea walls complete and development of National Coral Reef Restoration Protocol. To assess the progress of the project, NEMA Board
of management visited the project sites on 6th and 7th November 2019 where over 2,000 mangroves were planted
at Ganzi with the local communities and CDA. The Board also visited a coral reef rehabilitation site in Wasini Island.

Wasini Beach Management Unit (BMU) is a group of youth and women who realized the need to artificially rehabilitate the degraded coral reefs and therefore sought the financial assistance of CDA. NEMA approved the
proposal by CDA to finance the project from the adaptation fund. The rehabilitated coral reefs have seen increased number of fish in the Section of the ocean as the degraded coral reefs have been restored. Climate change and related human activities have contributed to degradation of coral reefs. Human activities such as dumping of waste,
poor fishing methods, cutting of Mangroves and sedimentation. Generally, healthy coral reefs provide shelter for various species of aquatic animals. Pic: NEMA Board Member, Augustihno Neto snow cling into the
rehabilitated Coral reefs in Indian Ocean near Wasini [PHOTO:S. IRUNGU/NEMA]

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