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

NEMA secures 1b GCF funding

NEMA has received KSh 1 billion funding agreement from the Green Climate Fund. GCF is a new global fund created to support countries to respond to effects of climate change.

The project is titled, “Enhancing community resilience and water security in the upper Athi River catchment in Kenya”

The project aims to increase water security and strengthen communities’ resilience to climate change in Kenya’s Upper Athi River Catchment area. This will involve integrated water resources management and investment in water supply infrastructure in four vulnerable Counties-Nairobi, Kiambu, Machakos and Nyandarua Counties for a period of four years.

Interventions include hydrological and meteorological information management, installation and rehabilitation of water infrastructure, and strengthening planning and regulatory frameworks for water resource management.

Kenya has a limited freshwater sources and faces chronic water scarcity and high rainfall variability, which has been worsened by climate change impacts.

The Athi catchment is the least water secure region in the country with most of its tributaries having significantly reduced or dried up. Due to this reduction of fresh surface water, the demand for ground water has increased to meet the rising water demand. It’s estimated that more than one million people will directly benefit from the project.

The agreement was signed in a virtual meeting held on 8th October 2021 where NEMA Director General Mamo B. Mamo and NIE Coordinator Wangare Kirumba participated.

Our Silent Ally in the Fight against Climate Change

By Osoro Naftaly & Godfrey Wafula

Climate change is currently an issue attracting global need for urgent action. Several
measures have been put in place to deal with its impacts; such are as efficiency improvement
and clean energy technologies among others.
Globally, soils are often seen as dirt, because they are hidden below-ground, out of our sight.
This important resource is rarely known when it comes to helping meet the challenges brought
about by climate change. Soils store atmospheric carbon as organic stocks and it’s the second largest
carbon sink after oceans.
It has the ability to sequester carbon and hence holds the power to mitigate climate change by extraction of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It is essential to appreciate that the ground beneath our feet is more precious than we know and therefore promoting sustainable soil management is essential in addressing climate change. Adopting soil management practices is critical in
preventing erosion, retention of water, reduction of flood risk and storage of high amount of carbon.
Increasing soil carbon sequestration at global scale represents one of our strategies in the fight against
climate change. Our best ally therefore at cooling the planet might be right under our feet!

20,000 Thousand Tree Planting Expedition

TEAMEnvironment KENYA in Partnership with the COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF MACHAKOS Invites you to MACHAKOS COUNTY CONSERVATION MISSION 20,000 Thousand Tree Planting Expedition, The Launch of the #1M+Tree PlantingExpedition.

21st MARCH:-
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS COMMEMORATIONS.

Our 1st and BIGGEST CONSERVATION MISSION in 2020 will be happening in TWO WEEKS TIME.
TEAMEnvironment KENYA in Partnership with the COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF MACHAKOS Invites to a *200,000 Tree Planting (Growing) Expedition.*
DATE:- *16th to 20th JUNE* whose Culmination will be on SATURDAY with the *INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FORESTS (IDF)* COMMEMORATIONS to be Hosted at the *MACHAKOS PEOPLES PARK.*
On *Saturday 21st* During which we shall be LAUNCHING Our *10M+TreePlantingChallenge*
The Event will be Presided over by HE. DR. ALFRED MUTUA, GOVERNOR MACHAKOS COUNTY. Also expected is the CS. MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTRY.
NOTE:-
*All Partners will be accorded an Opportunity to Exhibit.*
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Adopt Ozone and Climate friendly technologies

Ministry of Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko has said that Kenya has made considerable progress in phasing out Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in most applications.

The CS said that the country has in most of the operations, adopted ozone – friendly alternatives and technologies, and further moving to adopt both ozone and climate friendly technologies in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning sector.
In a speech read on his behalf by Environment Principal Secretary Ms Betty Maina during International Day For The Preservation of the Preservation of the Ozone Layer Kenya Meteorological Department., Tobiko said the day aims to increase awareness of ClimateChange & Ozone Depletion.
He said that the day serves as a reminder that humans must keep up their momentum to ensure healthy people and a healthy planet.
Tobiko said that Preservation of the Ozone Layer is one of the major environmental concerns for the world and responsibility of protecting mankind’s heritage is collectively global.
On her part PS Betty Maina said ; “the responsibility of saving the earth belongs to all of us it is not solely the Government.
She said the Government has significantly reduced the importation amount of ozone depleting goods. “We should however find alternatives to the ozone depleting substances” said the PS.
In a statement read by UNEP Ozone Secretariat Commination and Information Officer , Stephanie Haysmith, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ underscored the need for cooperation to address a global challenge saying cooperation is a key instrument for tackling today’s climate crisis.
He called for shifting of energies on tackling climate change, and also  the ozone layer and stay alert to the threats posed by the illegal use of ozone-depleting gases.
WMO representative Sebastian Grey said WMO assisted in setting up of four global atmosphere watch stations in Africa located in Kenya, South Africa, Morocco and Nigeria. Their role is to monitor trends in the earth’s atmosphere.

Kenya to host 10th carbon forum

Kenya is set to host the 10th African Carbon Forum scheduled for April 2018. This forum will be in Nairobi Kenya on 10th to 13th April 2018 and will also serve as the 1st Climate Action Week where climate change negotiations will take place with the highlight being the Ministerial High-Level Segment on 12th April 2018.

Kenya is set to host the 10th African Carbon Forum scheduled for April 2018. This forum will be in Nairobi Kenya on 10th to 13th April 2018 and will also serve as the 1st Climate Action Week where climate change negotiations will take place with the highlight being the Ministerial High-Level Segment on 12th April 2018.

This is an annual event held in the African Continent that draws members from government, private sector and non-state actors with the objective of acting as a carbon fare, capacity building forum and an exhibition event.  The 1st Carbon Forum was held in Nairobi in 2009 and NEMA served as the host organizer since we serve as the Designated National Authority for the Clean Development Mechanism.

NEMA with support from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources will serve as the organizer and host of the event and therefore. Committee meetings to prepare for the forum have commenced with the implementation plan already in place.

The ACF is an annual event organized under the umbrella of the Nairobi Framework  Partnership,  designed  to  mobilize  investment  for  the  implementation  of  nationally  determined  contributions  (NDCs)  and  emission  reduction  projects  to  spur  sustainable  development and make the continent more resilient to climate change.

The event also  functions as a trade fair and knowledge sharing platform for carbon investments helping  countries  in  Africa  capitalize  on  the  development  benefits  of  the  Clean  Development  Mechanism (CDM). The forums regularly attract upwards of 600 experts of climate change mitigation to convene in one place and discuss important trends in the field.

 

For more information/Registration visit: www.http://africacarbonforum.com/