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Changieni Rasilimali- OXFAM & ACT!D

The Changieni Rasilimali (CRM) project, an advocacy project is aimed at achieving strengthened response to climate Change at the National and local levels as an indicator of its overall goal. Targeting seven ASAL counties of Turkana, Wajir, Isiolo,Kajiado, Kitui, West Pokot and Tana river.

KCCWG in partnership with Oxfam and Act! (Changieni Rasili mali Facility), seek to address, the weak capacity for state, non-state actors and poor communities to respond to climate change. This capacity is useful in taking Climate Change mitigation and adaptation actions at the local, county and national levels.

Project Goals:

• Strengthen response to Climate Change at the national and local level.
• To strengthen understanding, knowledge and awareness of climate change at all levels.
• To improve climate change framework of engagement at the county and national levels
• To strengthen engagement framework for formulation and implementation pro-poor climate change policy and legislative measures in Kenya

Our approach is through formation of Climate Change networks in the counties to have maximum participation in project activities of state and non sate actors in the target counties. These networks will provide a structured way of lobbying county level actors on Climate Change issues and provide an avenue for structured engagement with National level actors and the National level Network, besides being strengthened to carry on with climate Change adaptation and mitigation activities even beyond this project period.

Through our county liaison officers, we have mobilized Non State Actors in the counties and initialized formation of these networks. Implementation of project activities will be largely through these networks, an approach that is aimed at cultivating ownership of our activities by the target groups.



Climate Hearings

A climate hearing is an organized forum where purposefully mobilized key stakeholders come together to discuss climate change problems in their area and brainstorm on possible solutions to those problems in an open manner.

Objectives

• To document the impacts of climate change in the specific areas visited and share the same with other stakeholders.
• To bring together the members of the community and local leaders in to discuss possible solutions to the impacts of climate change with the community and key stakeholders and to share and discuss climate change issues and generate a way forward on interventions.
• To mobilize the communities for climate change adaptation initiatives locally and to advocate for proper climate response approaches and methods.
• To advocate and lobby for better policies, and involve the community in the national policy processes.
• To share information on drafted climate change policies and laws, and get the people’s input.

Approach

It focuses on listening to the communities, and purposes to make the community understand the climate change phenomena; and hence enable them to share their experiences and suggest best solutions in the context in which they live. The hearings have proved to be perfect opportunities to involve communities in policy processes e.g on the draft climate change authority bill; have the opportunity to share a forum with government departmental workers to discuss local issues as well as service delivery and make relevant recommendations for the community to adapt and contribute to mitigating climate change.