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.
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