(Xinhua) -- The Kenyan
government and donor partners on Thursday launched a taskforce
to enhance optimal utilization of climate mitigation and
adaptation fund in the forestry sector.
Secretary for environment, Richard Lesiyampe, said the launch of
a national taskforce to promote transparency in Reducing
Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)
financing will accelerate green growth in Kenya.
are focusing on joint initiatives to reduce corruption risks
in REDD projects and enable the country to access
international carbon finance,” Lesiyampe told journalists in
is an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored
in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to
reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon
paths to sustainable development.
is signatory to international instruments on promoting prudent
utilization of climate mitigation funds channeled through the
revealed that Kenya has established a policy and regulatory
framework to support implementation of REDD projects.
REDD process in Kenya is still in its preparatory phase, but
we are strengthening institutions and systems to scale it up
in all counties,” Lesiyampe said.
national taskforce on anti-corruption for REDD has a one year
mandate to identify and implement activities that would minimize
corruption in the projects. The taskforce will promote inclusion
and accountability during the design and execution of
has received technical and financial support from the UN
Development Program (UNDP) to strengthen institutions that
manage climate funds.
said a “Kenya REDD Corruption Risk Assessment” study has
been concluded to enhance the country’s readiness to implement
climate mitigation projects in the forestry sector.
Gichu, National coordinator for REDD, said forest degradation is
to blame for 10.5 million tonnes of carbon emission in Kenya.
are investing heavily in forestry governance and have
encouraged local communities to initiate reforestation
projects,” Gichu said.