By Peter Mutai NAIROBI (Xinhua) —
Kenya on Monday launched an action plan that will
guide the transition of the country toward a low-carbon climate
resilient sustainable development.
for Environment and Natural Resources Judi Wakhungu said
National Climate Change Action Plan 2018-2022 will help
mainstream climate change and disaster risk reduction actions in
“We have come face
to face with the unprece-dented challenge of climate change
impacts and the corresponding socio-economic losses, hence the
need to re-strategize on our way forward,” Wakhungu said during
the launch in Nairobi.
The 2018-2022 plan,
intended to help address all sectors of the economy, will set
out actions for main-streaming climate change responses into
sector functions, identify all actions required as enablers to
climate change response and to review and determine mechanisms
for climate change knowledge mana-gement and access to
“We hope to work
together to enhance our under-standing of the risks and
opportunities and find innovative and effective ways to address
the climate change challenge in a manner that will result in a
climate resilient and a secured future for Kenya,” said Wakhungu.
She said that Kenya,
like many African countries, remains highly vulnerable to
climate change impacts and its impacts continue to be felt by
communities around the world.
Wakungu noted that
climate change is not only a threat to the achievement of
sustainable development and poverty reduction but has the
potential to reverse the modest gains that Kenya has achieved
toward attaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
manifestations of climate change constitute a serious threat to
Kenya’s sustainable development and future prosperity,” she
Even though climate
change continues to undermine Kenya’s development, the country
has continued to make significant progress in efforts to address
it both locally and internationally.
Kenya now has a law
on climate change, the Climate Change Act 2016, that provides an
enabling environment for implementation of both domestic and
Wakhungu said Kenya
has ratified the Paris Agreement and submitted its Nationally
Determined Contribution, which commits Kenya to taking steps
toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by the
Kenya set up a task
force that is composed of climate change experts from the
public, private sectors and development partners.
“The task force
shall be informed by scientific knowledge about climate change,
technology and technological innovations relevant to climate
change and the likely impact of the action plans, strategies and
policies on the marginalized and disadvantaged communities, “
said Director of Climate Change Programs at the Ministry of
Environment and Natural Resources Pacifica Gogol.
The team will also
look into the indigenous knowledge related to climate change and
inter-national law and policy relating to climate change, Gogol
UN agency to help East Africa
green housing to combat climate change
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The United Nations agency on human settlements
said Monday it will assist East Africa states to adopt green
housing techniques as a way to promote climate change.
Energy Expert at the UN-Habitat, told Xinhua in Nairobi that his
agency is providing technical advice to the region on how to
construct buildings that reduce energy consumption.
“The UN is
implementing the regional program on promoting energy efficiency
in buildings in East Africa so as to mainstream energy
efficiency measures into the building codes, building policies
and building practices,” Ochieng said on the sidelines of the
Stakeholders Forum on Validation of Kenya Building Research
Institute Bill and Strategic Plan.
The UN-Habitat is
conducting the exercise in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and
Burundi where it hopes to catalyze the construction of 600,000
green buildings over a period of five years.
Ochieng noted that
currently, construction and maintenance of houses consume 60
percent of all energy used in East African.
“We want to help the
region to improve its efficiency as a way to reduce the amount
of green house gases emitted into the atmosphere,” he added.
The program on
promoting green house principles is funded by the Global
Environment Facility (GEF) and has provided technical assistance
in the area of green building, house finance and national
building codes for Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda as well as provided
input in the development of new building permits in Tanzania.
The regional program
also trained over 500 architects and quantity surveyors in the
field of energy efficiency in buildings.
Ochieng noted that
the program is responding to the need for more energy savings
during the design, construction and operation of buildings.
One of the major
achievements of the program is the adoption by 10 universities
in East Africa of a handbook on sustainable building design for
tropical countries as a constituent part of their teaching
materials for architects.