Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities Professor Judi Wakhungu told a media briefing in Nairobi that the project will counter the growing threat of climate change to the country.
“If nothing is done to protect the vulnerable communities, they will lose their livelihoods,” Wakhungu said.
The project has been funded from a 10 million U.S. dollar grant obtained from the Adaptation Fund established under the Kyoto Protocol.
Kenya received the funding because it is a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The project will be implemented by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA). NEMA is among the 12 organizations globally that have been accredited by the Adaptation Fund.
During last year’s Conference of the Parties 21st Session to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP21), the Adaptation Fund received new pledges totalling about 75 million dollars from Sweden, Germany and Italy.
Wakhungu said the implementation of the programme gives Kenya a perfect opportunity to showcase to the world its willingness to work towards building resilience to climate change for the most vulnerable communities.
She said part of the funds will also be used to help farmers adopt the cultivation of drought tolerant crops.
“As a result of climate change, unpredictable rainfall patterns have led to reduced harvest of traditional crops in some areas,” she added.
According to Wakhungu, farmers resilience to climate change will also be enhanced by the construction of dams and other water harvesting structures in order to store water for irrigation purposes. Enditem