Government to Release Ksh.7.2 Billion County Climate Resilience Investment Grant

The national government has started a Sh7.2 billion County Climate Resilience Investment Grant, and Kiambu County is among the counties that would gain from it.

To promote community-resilient investments in certain counties, the money will be distributed locally.

Environment, Climate Change, and Forestry CS Soipan Tuya asserts that effective climate action depends on reliable and sufficient climate money.

Tuya stated that the African Climate Summit’s climate action plan calls for increased resource mobilisation through bilateral, multilateral, and concessional funding during the launch of the Long-Term Low Emissions Development Strategy (LT-LEDS) and National Climate Change Action Plan 2023–2027.

The CS pointed out that by focusing on the most vulnerable areas at the base of the pyramid, the government’s Financing Locally Led Climate Action Programme (FLLCA) strategy is in line with the Bottom Up Economic Approach (BETA).

One of the projects, FLLCA, has obtained USD 295 million in crowd funding from the World Bank, the governments of Germany, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Kenya.

“Over 80 per cent of these funds will flow directly to our devolved units at the ward level to support local-level climate action,” said CS Tuya.

According to David Kuria, a member of the Kiambu Water, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources County Executive Committee (CECM), the FLLCA project would improve Kiambu Counties’ ability to adapt to climate problems while implementing locally driven measures for climate resilience.

“The initiative will concentrate on capitalising funds by developing county capacity in planning and implementing climate measures involving the citizenry through engagement in locally-led adaptation programmes that are effective and reach the most at-risk groups, which include women, youth, persons with disabilities, elders, and other traditionally marginalised groups,” he said.

The CS also unveiled the updated National Climate Change Action Plan III for 2023–2027 at the opening summit conference on Monday, pledging to address climate change during the following five years.

Kenya passed the Climate Change Act in 2016, but it has since been amended to include a regulatory framework for carbon markets that will guarantee high integrity, high quality, and transparent engagements in the carbon market framework in order to make it responsive to the Paris Agreement’s aspirations for sustainable development and poverty alleviation.