Kenya has made great strides in dealing with climate change by coming up with policies and strategies to cushion its people against adverse impacts associated with climate change. It is now among the first nine countries globally to benefit from Adaptation Fund through Direct Access.
The global Adaptation Fund has provided NEMA with a grant of 10 Million USD, which is approximately KSH 1 Billion, for Climate Change Adaptation projects in Kenya. NEMA being Kenya’s NIE obtained the approval to access this fund during the 24th sitting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB), held in October 2014 in Bonn, Germany.
This fund will support a national programme designed to respond to effects of climate change in 14 counties and will cover the following sectors; water management, food security, agro forestry, coastal and mangrove ecosystems and disaster risk reduction.
NIE made a public call for proposals through media and received 101 proposals which were later merged into one proposal which would contain a programme of activities in different counties.
The approval in Bonn sets in motion a process of development of contractual agreement between NEMA and Adaptation Fund Board to enable the money to be transferred to Kenya. AFB has deposited this money to NEMA which will in turn disburse it to the project implementer. Oversight on implementation of this programme will be the Inter-ministerial committee spearheaded by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
NEMA as the NIE shall therefore be responsible for the administration of the Grant and the overall management of the programme, including all financial, monitoring and reporting responsibility.