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Concerted plans to address climate change

07 May 2014, 14:47

Nairobi - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) pledged to work with the government to reverse the effects of climate change.

UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident representative, Nardos Bekele, said it would take concerted efforts to roll back the effects of the problem.

“We want to commit our financial and technical assistance to work with the Government of Kenya and its people as well as other development partners to help to mainstream the policy recommendations advanced in the 7th report into national and local development strategies, policies and plans,” she said.

Kenya needs between KES 86 billion and KES 175 billion annually to mitigate the effects of climate change in order to realize vision 2030 targets in time.

Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary, Anne Waiguru, has said that effective mitigation and adaptation mechanism need to be urgently instituted in order to curb climate change.

She said that unless this was done, the combined effects of climate change induced impacts would slow or hinder achievements of the targets outlined in Vision 2030.

Waiguru added legislation to establish such an institution was already in progress.

“Legislation to establish a climate change authority with the responsibility of spearheading the implementation of adaptation and mitigation plans is also underway,” she said.

Waiguru said the second Medium Term Plan (MTP) identified climatic phenomena as critical foundation to attainment of the goals as was Article 42 of the Constitution, which provided for the citizenry the right to enjoy clean and healthy environment.

 – CAJ News

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