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British funding to shield locals from climate change

18 April 2014, 11:56

Nairobi - Britain expressed confidence its KES 5 billion pledge it has committed to Kenya would reduce the country’s vulnerability to the negative impacts of climate change.

Edward Baker, the visiting British Minister for Energy and Climate Change, warned that Kenya was highly susceptible to the negative impacts of climate change, which could present a serious threat to achievement of Vision 2030.

The envoy is in the country for an official visit.

He said the UK would also work closely with Kenya on the international climate negotiations towards a new ambitious global deal in 2015.

The Minister added that the UK was a huge contributor of funds to help Kenya mitigate from and adapt to the consequences of climate change.

“Over a four year period we will spend over Sh5 billion in Kenya from the UK’ International Climate Fund, on a range of activities including supporting the Government of Kenya to implement its National

Climate Change Action Plan, leveraging private sector investment in low carbon technologies, helping communities to adapt to the effects of climate change, and improving livelihoods in affected areas,” said Baker.

Hon Baker is in Kenya to consider further opportunities to increase mutual cooperation in this area.

He was expected also to visit various examples of green energy business partnerships between Kenyan and British companies. These include visits to solar farms and seeing pioneering technology that produces energy from plant waste.

- CAJ News

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