Adaptation fund programme launched

Environment CS Judi Wakhungu (2nd R), NEMA DG Prof Geoffrey Wahungu (R), Agnes Kamiri and other guests during the launch [PHOTO: ANTONY MWANGI/NEMA]
The National Environment Management Authority launched a Sh1 billion climate change programme titled ‘Integrated Programme to Build Resilience to Climate Change and Adaptive Capacity of Vulnerable Communities in Kenya’ that will be implemented in 14 counties. The launch was held on 29th January, 2016 at Boma Hotel, South C in Nairobi.The programme will be implemented in conjunction with three executing entities namely Coast Development Authority, Kenya Forestry Research Institute and Tana and Athi River Development Authority and eight other Sub Executing Entities.
The programme is designed to respond to effects of Climate Change and will cover sectors like water management, food security, agroforestry, coastal and mangrove ecosystems and disaster risk reduction.
The launch was presided over by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities Prof. Judi Wakhungu.
As the National Implementing Entity for the Adaptation Fund, NEMA applied for these funds on behalf of Kenya after being accredited as a National Implementing Entity of the Adaptation Fund on behalf of the Kenyan government.
During the launch, the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities Cabinet Secretary, Prof Judi Wakhungu stated the importance of funds in addressing issues of climate change in Kenya. She assured the ministry’s commitment in implementation of funds by ensuring that the designated authorities use the funds for the betterment of the lives of Kenyans.

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The NEMA board chairman, Mr. Maluki Mwendwa assured the ministry and the public that the Authority will apply the necessary financial instruments to enable smooth disbursements of the funds to relevant Executing Entities.
During the launch, NEMA Director General, Prof Geoffrey Wahungu said that NEMA will be swift, ruthless and steadfast in dealing with any entity that may fall short of the expectations in implementing the various components of this programme.

Story source NEMA EcoFlash

R-L_ NEMA DG Prof Geoffrey Wahungu (R), CEO CDA, James Kahindi (Centre) and NEMA’s Director Legal Services, Ms Irene Kamunge during the signing of the contracts [PHOTO: ANTONY MWANGI/NEMA]

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