Readiness Program hosts workshop in Kenya

20 September 2016
Nairobi, Kenya

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GCF Readiness workshop in Kenya

Climate change is already making a significant dent in Kenya, severely impacting water and food security. Lake Turkana, for example is experiencing cyclical drought exacerbated by climate change, decreasing not only supply of fish but also food availability for livestock and drinking water from seasonal rivers. Coastal cities like Mombasa are exposed to extreme weather events like floods and are threatened by sea-level rise which may turn large areas into uninhabitable and infertile land. These events are putting human, animal and fauna populations at great risk. At the national level, climate change continues to take a toll on economic growth and attainment of sustainable development goals.

While determining Kenya’s contributions to the global agreement on climate change signed in Paris in December 2015, it was estimated that over USD 40 billion would be required for adaptation and mitigation across sectors up to 2030. Domestic and international finance needs to be materialized quickly in order to fully achieve Kenya’s targets. A key player in facilitating international finance for this will be the Green Climate Fund (GCF) – a multilateral fund established under the UNFCCC which aims to provide $2.5 billion by the end of this year and US$6 billion by mid-2017 to countries to tackle climate change. 

In order to prepare national and local systems to access and manage additional climate finance, in particular from the GCF, the Government of Kenya, led by the National Treasury as the Fund’s National Designated Authority has strategically requested the coordinated support from different international delivery partners, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Resource Institute (WRI), the Government of Germany (GIZ and BMUB) and the Green Climate Fund Secretariat.

Today, the National Treasury has convened these development partners and national stakeholders to take stock of ongoing climate finance “readiness” support to enhance coordination, and launch UNDP-supported activities which are aimed at building the capacities of grass-roots ‘executing entities’ of future climate change mitigation and adaptation investments. These entities will be in charge of on-the-ground execution of GCF-funded projects and hence, are essential for the proper management of finance and tracking of expected impacts.

Through the ongoing coordinated support, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has been able to secure accreditation to the GCF and is now receiving technical support to formulate robust project proposals to be submitted to the Fund next year. During the workshop held today, Ms. Wangare Kirumba, NIE Coordinator, shared lessons and recent developments in portfolio development; a portfolio which is in line with the national climate change priorities, policies, and development plans.

In his opening remarks, the Principal Secretary for the National Treasury, Dr. Kamau Thugge welcomed the support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).  He noted that the readiness program is indeed timely in placing Kenya on the forefront towards accessing and improving management of climate finance generally. The PS added that it will be instrumental in continuing the efforts of building capacity of the NDA, current National Implementing Entity (NIE) as well as the Executing Entities (EEs) who will be the ultimate implementers of the Projects that receive funding.