Wednesday November 22, 2017
  • Workshop to collate reports on strategic plan to decentralise CIS at county level: A draft on CIS decentralisation was produce and the final strategic plan will be ready by Jun.
  • Workshop to collate reports on Operations Manual to decentralise CIS at County level and validation of Kiswahili translation of meteorological terms. The dictionary of meteorological terms translated to Kiswahili to increase understanding of CIS was published.Secondary Intermediaries training: Training targeted secondary CIS intermediaries in Kitui and Makueni Counties. During the reporting period 79 were trained in Kitui (target of 2000) and 200 in Makueni (target of 800).
  •  Isiolo Community Ranet Radio: KMS is spearheading the process of staff recruitment for Isiolo Community Ranet radio.
  •  Initiate Development of New CIS products: Identification of new products for different livelihoods

Kenya, like the rest of the world, is experiencing climate change and variability and the associated adverse impacts. The state of climate change in Kenya is documented in the Farm Management Handbook of Kenya (2009), the Atlas of Kenya’s changing environment (2009), The National Climate Change Response Strategy (2010), The National Climate Change Action Plan (2013-2017) and The State of Environment Outlook (2010) among other studies. An analysis of trends in temperature, rainfall patterns, extreme events and slow onset events points to clear evidence of climate change in the country, with a clear indication that temperatures have generally risen throughout the country.

These incidences of climate change and variability present a number of socioeconomic and environmental challenges and opportunities for Kenya. Some of the challenges include intensified natural resource degradation, increased flooding, storms, excessive and erratic rainfall, droughts, invasive weeds, pest-and-disease epidemics, infrastructure damage, and increased risk of resource use conflicts, reduced agricultural production and increased food insecurity. While vulnerability to these impacts is differentiated and context-specific, it has the potential to result in significant economic costs that can derail attainment of development goals.

Read more: Climate Change in Kenya

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released their annual State of the Climate report to coincide with World Meteorological Day on March 23. This year’s report highlights extreme events, confirming that the dramatic impacts of droughts, heat waves, floods, and tropical cyclones are consistent with what is expected as a result of human-caused climate change.

“There is no standstill in global warming,” said WMO Secretary-General, Mr. Michel Jarraud in a statement. “We saw heavier precipitation, more intense heat, and more damage from storm surges and coastal flooding as a result of sea level rise — as Typhoon Haiyan so tragically demonstrated in the Philippines.”

Read more: 2013 Weather Extremes Consistent With Climate Change, U.N. Report Finds Category

Nepal will host a conference focusing on how to unlock finance that can help communities in developing countries adapt to climate change (Photo:  Jeanne Menj via Creative Commons international conference in Nepal next month aims to show how to unlock finance that can help communities in developing countries adapt to climate change.

The 8th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA8) on 24-30 April will explore ways to encourage the private sector to invest in adaptation and ensure that public finance reaches communities that need it.

The meeting in Kathmandu is organised by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies and Clean Energy Nepal on behalf of Climate Change Network Nepal. The Government of Nepal will host the conference.

Read more: Conference to examine finance options for local communities adapting to climate change

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