NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to use satellite data in order to
combat climate change, a senior government official said on
William Ruto, the
Deputy President, told a media briefing in Nairobi that one of
the challenges to overcoming climate change is lack of data to
effectively monitor the causes and extent of environmental
damage caused by green house gas emissions.
“We are therefore
going to deploy the latest technology including satellite data
to ensure Kenya can adapt and mitigate the negative effects of
climate change,” Ruto said during the launch of the Africa
Regional Data Cube.
The new tool is
expected to harness the latest Earth observation and satellite
technology to help Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and
Tanzania combat the climate change.
The launch was
followed by in-depth training for government representatives of
participating countries, so that they can immediately make use
of this cutting-edge technology.
The data cube was
developed by the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS)
in partnership with the Group on Earth Observations, Amazon Web
Services, Kenya government, Strathmore University in Kenya, and
the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.
Ruto said satellite
technology will help Kenya comprehend over a period of time how
natural resources are being utilized so that targeted
interventions can be deployed that can improve actions against
climate change as well as secure sustainable food and water for
Ruto noted that a
vast majority of the Kenyan population derives its livelihood
from the rain-fed agricultural activities as subsistence
“This makes them
vulnerable to climate change because of its impact on rainfall
amount as well as distribution patterns,” he said.
He noted that Kenya
will harness satellite technology to build and enhances its
climate resilience and adaptive capacity.
Keriako Tobiko, the
Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, said the
climate is changing, with its effects and impact felt by
ordinary people whose livelihoods depend on more predictable
He noted that due
lack of clear policies, the country’s forest cover has remained
below the recommended 10 percent cover of total land mass.
“We will soon launch
a national tree planning exercise to ensure forest over reaches
10 percent by end of 2022,” he said.
Tobiko said Kenya as
a member of the global community and a signatory to the United
Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC) took to an emission
reduction target of 30 percent by 2030 against a Business as
Usual (BAU) scenario in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).
Kenya’s NDC will be
implemented through the National Climate Change Action as
prescribed in Climate Change Act 2016.