NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC), a body
established by the World Bank, said it plans to help 300 small
and medium-sized enterprises to play a role in combating climate
change in the next five years.
“Out of that figure,
we hope to have at least 200 successful businesses in the
renewable energy, agriculture and water management sectors,”
KCIC CEO Edward Mungai told Xinhua in Nairobi on the sidelines
of the Symposium on Climate Change and Drought Resilience in
conference brought senior government officials, academicians and
researchers from Africa to review the continent’s progress in
combating climate change.
KCIC plans to
provide up to 50,000 U.S. dollars in grants for entrepreneurs
with ideas on a pilot basis.
“In the event that a
business idea becomes viable, KCIC will provide additional funds
to commercialize the concept,” Mungai said.
In addition, the
organization also provides business support services and links
firms to government to enable them access crucial services.
Mungai said firms
that actively mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate
change have a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Kenya seeks to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to accelerate measures to reduce green house gas
emissions in order to fight climate change, a senior government
official said on Wednesday.
Cabinet Secretary in
the Ministry of Water and Irrigation Eugene Wamalwa told an
environment forum in Nairobi that some of the voluntary measures
include the expansion of electricity generation through tapping
renewable energy sources.
thirds of Kenya’s electricity capacity is sourced from
geothermal and hydropower and therefore, we are on track in this
area. Additionally, we are committed to achieving and
maintaining ten percent tree cover, development of climate smart
agriculture as well as low carbon and efficient transport
systems,” Wamalwa said during the official opening of the
Symposium on Climate Change and Drought Resilience in Africa.
The two-day event
brought policy makers, academicians and researchers from Africa
to review the continent’s progress in combating climate change.
Wamalwa said that
despite the fact that Kenya contributes a mere 0.1 percent of
the total global emissions, the country has pledged to undertake
national measures and actions for emission reduction and for
enhancing adaptation to climate change.
He said the national
endowment of renewable fresh water in Kenya is low and unevenly
“The scarcity of
water which is exacerbated by climate change has led to conflict
as pastoralists have encroached into game parks chasing wildlife
away from their national habitats. Wildlife such as lions and
snakes have also invaded human settlements seeking water,” he
Wamalwa noted that
the negative effects of climate change have not spared Kenya.
Being in the Horn of Africa region, Kenya has experienced the
highest temperatures ever recorded in the past three years, he
high temperatures has been severely low levels of rain, which
have resulted in food scarcity particularly in the arid and
semi-arid regions of the country,” Wamalwa said.