NEMA Establishes 50 ADAPTATION VILLAGES

An adaptation village is a systematic support to communities that aims at training, technology transfer, and skills development for the purposes of driving climate change resilience at the community level. The system enables the communities to cope with emerging trends implicated by climate change. NEMA has established 50 Adaptation Villages in 14 Counties spread across the country. Each of the Counties has one or more programs that are

implemented by each of the ten executing entities. The Counties include; Embu, Garissa, Kajiado, Kilifi, Homabay, Kitui, Kisumu, Kwale, Laikipia, Machakos, Makueni, Marsabit, Muranga, Taita Taveta and Wajir
An adaptation village consists of the following; a solarised borehole, elevated water tanks, a water kiosk,
a sanitation block, a community training hall, and a demonstration site. The village acts as a center for the transfer of knowledge and expertise to the community to help them adapt to climate change.

NEMA DG Mamo B. Mamo, EBS with staff planting a tree during the visit to Mosiro Adaptation Village

Keriako Tobiko led an inspection exercise in one of the adaptation villages in Mashuuru, Kajiado
County. CS Tobiko urged the locals to prioritize environmental protection and integrate it into their ‘Maasai’ culture. He opined that environmental degradation has been an issue in the larger Kajiado County and the communities need to take charge of their environment. Speaking during the inspection exercise, NEMA
Chairman, Eric Mungai stated that NEMA will build the capacity of the community around the Adaptation Village in Mashuuru to enable them to learn from other successful projects countrywide and improve their livelihoods
through the integration of pastoralism and farming. The NEMA Director General, Mamo B. Mamo was represented by the NIE Coordinator, Wangari Kirumba who stated that the Authority has established 50 Adaptation Villages in 14 Counties in Kenya through the adaptation Fund program. The borehole drilled at Mashuuru has a capacity to produce 24 cubic meters of water which is sufficient for the locals’ needs. The water together with other infrastructure of the project will enable the locals to water their animals as well as undertake to farm.

NEMA board members planting a tree during the event in Mashuuru,
Kajiado County.

Climate Change-Inspiring Adaptation

NEMA DG, Mamo B. Mamo, NIE Coordinator, Wangare Kirumba, and GCA CEO Patrick
Verkooijen at NEMA HQ during a courtesy call. By Samwel Irungu

The National Environment Management Authority is the National Implementing Entity for Adaptation Fund has developed 25 adaptation villages in 14 Counties countrywide. An adaptation village is a facility that consists of a
solarised borehole, elevated water tanks, a water kiosk, a sanitation block, a community training hall, and a demonstration site. The facility is aimed not only to help the community with the infrastructure to access water and food but also to transfer knowledge on how to build resilience and adapt to climate change.

The Adaptation village training hall at Mosiro Adaptation village in Kajiado County

One such facility has been developed at Mosiro in Kajiado County. The facility has transformed the livelihoods of over 10,500 locals within the larger Maasai community. The adaptation village has been built through
Adaptation Fund at a cost of Ksh 10 Million. The NEMA Director General, Mamo B. Mamo urged the locals to protect the project for posterity and sustainability as they are the beneficiaries. “The sustainability of this project is in your hands. NEMA has developed this adaptation village for you but the usefulness of the project will be determined by yourself,” the DG stated. The Global Center on Adaptation CEO, Prof. Patrick Verkooijen stated that we need to work together to find solutions to problems of climate change and adapt. “From now on, we have to walk together with the international community to address issues related to climate change,” Verkooijen stated. He poised that the community’s resilience to problems related to climate change such as lack of
water and food is an inspiration to the world that it is possible to adapt to climate change. H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta was inaugurated as the Global Champion for the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program at Leaders’ Dialogue in Nairobi University.
According to Prof. Verkooijen, some of these funds will find their way to these communities that have suffered
from the adverse effects of climate change. He stated that he has been inspired by the resilience of the
community to withstand the effects of climate change and build on their livelihoods

 

NEMA DG Mamo B. Mamo, EBS with staff planting a tree during the visit to Mosiro Adaptation Village

NEMA Showcases Environmental Technologies at Nairobi ASK Show

The Nairobi International Trade Fair opened its door to the public at Jamhuri Park in Nairobi for a week-long exhibition on 26th September 2022 after two years of a break due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The theme of the trade fair was; ‘Promoting Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and Trade’. The show provided a platform that enables various stakeholders in agriculture and related sectors to share information and knowledge to address the changing agricultural needs.
The Deputy President, H.E Hon. Rigathi Gachagua officially opened the 120th Nairobi trade fair edition
citing agriculture as the key driver of Kenya’s economic growth. The Deputy President was accompanied by Nairobi Governor Johnston Sakaja among other officials. At the NEMA stand, the Authority showcased
various environmental technologies that are critical in advancing agriculture and trade in the country.
The Authority also stationed its Mobile Air Quality Monitoring laboratory to showcase to the public how
the laboratory undertakes air quality measurements in real-time to inform the Authority’s enforcement
actions in a bid to provide a clean and healthy environment.
The stand attracted several high-profile dignitaries who were particularly interested in Environmental
Performance Indexes in their respective Counties, air and water quality monitoring, environmental
laws and regulations in Kenya among several other publications and technologies.
The Authority also partnered with the ASK to provide branded bins in all routes to manage solid waste
within the showground.

Newton Osoro NEMA Official fixing the air quality mobile lab at ASK ground