The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has continued to play her rightful role in the region and Africa in bringing together organisations in Africa that are involved in climate change funding.
The Authority last week held the second consultative workshop, in two years, of All Africa National Implementing Entities as well as Green Climate Fund (GCF) accredited entities.
The objective of the expert workshop, held at Ole Sereni in Nairobi, was to bring together African institutions looking to access funding from the GCF to foster a platform of collaboration in accessing and managing climate finance. This workshop focused on the opportunities that African entities have, the challenges they face and ways in which they can support each other to accelerate climate finance access.
L-R_NEMA Director General, Prof Geoffrey Wahungu, NEMA Director EEIPP, Dr. Ayub Macharia and NEMA Board member, Erastus Wahome during the meeting
The workshop was opened by NEMA Director General Prof Geoffrey Wahungu. In his key note address, Prof Wahungu noted that there is need to strengthen Africa’s response to the challenges of climate change, especially through programmes that will build resilience of communities, households and systems.
“There should, therefore, be deliberate efforts to discuss how Africa can achieve more resources from the multilateral funds, in this case, the Adaptation Fund and the Green Climate Fund” reiterated.
Prof Wahungu noted that the workshop was timely and relevant as it would enhance building of an African wide collaborative effort.
“The accredited institutions must work together towards faster proposal approval processes and building of the requisite capacity for implementing proposed and funded climate change actions” , observed Prof Wahungu.
In his remarks, Prof. Wahungu acknowledged the capacity development support extended to NEMA by World Resources Institute (WRI)/UNEP/ UNDP under the readiness programme.
Having hosted the first all African NIE meeting in back in 2014 at Windsor Golf & Counrty Club, the Authority was glad to have a second opportunity to build on the knowledge gained then, and to provide important inputs into forging forward in accessing climate resources from multilateral bodies.
Participants in a group [PHOTO: ANTONY MWANGI/NEMA]
The Green Climate Fund is the new climate finance that African NIEs, Accredited Entities and those seeking accreditation should forge together to access.
The DG thanked the climate finance readiness providers for giving resources to enhance readiness and access by African countries.
The National Treasury which is the National Designated Authority (NDA) to the CGF in Kenya was represented at the workshop by Mr. Erastus Wahome, who is also a NEMA Board of Management Member.
In his remarks Mr Wahome informed participants that the Natinal Treasury is on the forefront in ensuring that there is progress in enhancing access of climate finance from Multilateral funds.
“The GCF presents a great opportunity for Kenya to access climate finance and to enable the country to move away from ‘Business As Usual’ Development” said Mr Wahome.
The workshop, Mr Wahome noted, provided an opportunity for Kenya to carry out its development objectives with a climate lens. “The GCF will enable Kenya to fulfil her obligations under the Paris Agreement” he reitated.
The participants represented direct access entities accredited to the GCF and AE, entities that are seeking accreditation, and entities that are developing projects for submission to the GCF.
Participants were drawn from Morocco, Senegal, Ghana, Cape Verde, Seychelles, Uganda, Namibia, Zanzibar, South Africa, Benin, Madagascar, NETFUND, The National Treasury, which is Kenya’s National Designated Authority (NDA) and Green Climate Fund (GCF) Secretariat. Climate Finance providers included AFDB, GIZ, WRI, CDKN, UNEP and UNDP. The funding for the workshop was from the German government and from the African Development Bank’s Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF).
At the end of the workshop, the participants erred to pursue to have a strong community of practice to assist in enhancing direct access of climate finances. Further, a concept paper will be presented during the Conference of Parties (COP) 22 to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco in November 2016.
By NEMA’s Anthony Ngare & Sarah Muthoni