Tuesday May 30, 2017

The consortium uses a “combined approach” to deliver on its objective across the five counties allowing it to harness and effectively use expertise within partner institutions.

Key elements of the combined approach include:-

  • Establishment of a County Adaptation Fund (CAF) – CAFs enables vulnerable community members to draw down on funding through the Ward Adaptation Planning Committee to build their resilience to climate change. If the proposed project satisfies the criteria of the County Adaptation Planning Committee (also made up of local people with government officers and other stakeholders) the project is funded;
  • Establishment of adaptation planning committees at appropriate level - Planning for adaptation calls for vulnerable groups, technical people and other actors to work together to come up with priority actions
  • Integration of participatory tools to assess resilience into planning - Adaptation planning entails capturing and using formal and informal source of knowledge and experiences
  • Integration of participatory monitoring and evaluation approaches into planning - Adaptation is a process that requires constant monitoring and evaluation by different stakeholders
  • Integration of climate information services (CIS) into planning – The role of climate information has been relatively absent from formal and local planning. Understanding likely climate trends is the first step towards adaptation planning

Principles underpinning CAF and CIS

The partners have agreed on the following principles that will reinforce the implementation of the Climate Adaptation Fund and the Climate Information Services

Climate Adaptation Fund

  • Funds public good investments prioritized by communities through a participatory process.
  • County government actors do not have the power of veto over community-prioritised investments if they adhere to all the principles (criteria). Their role is to support, facilitate and improve community proposals – e.g. ensuring good value for money, ensuring coordination of investments within and across the county, etc.
  • Investments must be relevant to building climate resilience – e.g. while allocating funds to a school building programme would not be funded by the CAF, funds could be allocated to a process to ‘climate proof’ schools
  • Investments must contribute to building harmony and peace between different communities and actors.
  • Investments must support and contribute to county and national development objectives and strategies.  Given the project is piloting an approach to be mainstreamed into wider government planning processes, it is essential investments align with government policy at all levels.
  • Investments must be viable, achievable and sustainable.
  • Investments are cost-effective and give value for money.

Climate Information Services

  • Production of reliable probabilistic information (ignoring probabilistic nature of information will lead to a potential loss of trust);
  • Understanding and using probabilistic and uncertain information (ensuring good understanding of forecast uncertainty by users);
  • Relevant information (timely CIS delivery, tailored to specific users);
  • Appropriate access to CIS and two way dialogue (increasing access using current dissemination channels, or developing new ones);
  • Trust (gained through combining all of the above while working together to share knowledge with local communities in a participatory manner) and
  • Building the capacity of KMS and ‘CIS intermediaries’.

 

 

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