North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB) counties will work with community based and civil society organizations to curb climate change in the region.
Speaking when making a presentation during a workshop that brought together climate change activists from NOREB counties in Kapsabet town, the sector lead on environment and climate change Joyce Mutai urged members of the Civil society and community based organizations to take active part in the fight against climate change. Ms. Mutai said that through the Green Climate fund, NOREB will work with the county governments and other partners to fund projects on climate change. Nandi county has already passed the climate change act and will form and fund committees in the ward level to help in the fight against climate change.
The public will elect members from youth, women, persons with disability groups and community based organizations or public benefits organizations to be members of the committee. There will be one environment officer and the ward administrator will be an ex-officio in the committee.
The County Director for environment and natural resources in Nandi County James Melly said that the election of committee members will take place soon in different wards.
In recent years, Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Elgeiyo Marakwet, West Pokot, Turkana, Samburu, Baringo and Trans Nzoia have experienced a change in weather patterns which has led to floods, increased drought, hunger, and poor nutrition due to the production of insufficient food, severe storms, landslides and hotter temperatures which have negatively affected livelihoods in the region.
Through the department of Lands, environment and natural resources, the County Government of Nandi has restored catchment areas and forests. The department with the help of CBOs have established tree nurseries, planted indigenous trees in degraded landscapes and created awareness on climate change in the community. The 2-day workshop was facilitated by Panafric Climate Justice Alliance PACJA and it brought together 50 participants from the NOREB counties. PACJA is the largest alliance of civil society organizations with members in over 45 countries in Africa.