by Chrispinus Omar
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya has upped
efforts to reduce the country’s vulnerability to climate change
and has developed strategies to roll out county-specific action
plans, officials tasked with implementing the country’s economic
blueprint, the Vision 2030, said Monday.
Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat (VDS) has been in talks with
stakeholders on how county governments can mainstream climate
change responsive strategies especially where key vision 2030
projects are being implemented.
VDS Director General Julius Muia said that the secretariat is
seeking to identify ways to boost awareness of the harmful
effects of climate change and how the public can extend a hand
to building resilience of the country’s poor and those in
"Climate change is a cross-cutting development issue and it
is crucial that all stakeholders involved in the implementation
of Vision 2030 flagship projects work closely to mainstream
climate proofing and climate change responsive strategies into
development plans," Muia said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
According to the Climate Change Vulnerability Index for 2015,
seven of the ten countries most at risk from climate change are
Africa has seen a decrease in rainfall over large parts of
the Sahel and Southern Africa, and an increase in parts of
Over the past 25 years, the number of weather-related
disasters, such as floods and droughts, has doubled, resulting
in Africa having a higher mortality rate from droughts than any
VDS is currently implementing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
with Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) whose objectives include
providing a platform for knowledge sharing on local and
practical climate change adaptation initiatives within the
Vision 2030 framework.
The MoU further provides mentoring support to stakeholders
who are integrating climate change into their development
"The expected outcome of the sensitization workshops is to
create awareness and build capacity among the pilot counties in
order to develop appropriate climate change action plans.
"These frameworks will provide credible benchmarks for
rolling out similar programs in other counties," said Muia.
The effects of climate change are already being felt by many
people across Africa including Kenya, which is currently
experiencing a food security emergency caused by the persisting
drought that experts warn could last through 2017.