NEMA is the NIE for Kenya. The Authority is implementing the Adaptation Fund Programme which is to run for three years. As the NIE for Kenya, the Authority has also been accredited to have direct access for Green Climate Funding.
The NIE (National Implementing Entity) for Kenya is the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA). NEMA was nominated by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources to be the NIE under the Adaptation Fund (AF). It then obtained its accreditation after it successfully met the fiduciary standards set by the AF Board.
NEMA was established by EMCA (1999) to be the principal instrument of the Government of Kenya which supervises and coordinates over all matters relating to the environment and implements all the policies therein.Under its supervisory and coordination role, NEMA carries out a number of activities to ensure sustainable environment management in Kenya. These activities include, inter alia, carrying out Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs), conducting environmental awareness and education programmes, preparation and documentation of state of environment reports, development of national and county environmental action plans.
Since, the establishment of NEMA in 2002, it has worked closely with lead agencies and development partners such as UNEP, UNDP, UNFCC, World Bank, DANIDA among others in order to achieve its vision of being a world class Environmental Management Authority.
In March 2012, NEMA obtained accreditation as a National Implementing Entity (NIE) by the Adaptation Fund Board of UNFCCC. This accreditation gave NEMA the mandate to offer vetting, approval and supervision of projects financed by the Adaptation Fund.Later on, NEMA submitted the Kenya Climate Change Adaptation Programme (KCCAP) Proposal to the AF Board for its consideration. The Proposal was approved and NEMA received approximately Ksh.1 Billion for its implementation.
The approval of this Programme is a huge success to NEMA and indeed to the entire country as the funds will go towards building resilience among vulnerable communities who are susceptible to the adverse impacts of climate change. As the NIE for Kenya, NEMA will disburse the monies from the fund to its three main Executing Entities (that is, Coast Development Authority, Kenya Forestry Research Institute and Tana and Athi River Development) who are the programme implementers.