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Baringo County Consultative Forum on the dreaft Climate Chage Policyand bill proceeding report

The integration of climate information into government policies is important. This is because climate is a major driving factor for most of the economic activities in Kenya. Climate information has however not been easily understandable or accessible. The same has not been adequately factored into most of the sectors of the county‟s economy including government‟s development policies and plans. It is for this reason that KCCWG collaborated with KNA to come up with a climate change legislation that would provide an environment for the country to develop towards the low carbon climate resilient development pathway as well as enable the country attain her commitments to the UNFCCC process as well as development foot prints back at home e.g. vision 2030.This saw the Climate Change Bill successfully go through the first and second reading but unfortunately the former president failed to assent it into law citing limited public participation. It is for this reason that KCCWG, KNA, MEW&NR, KAM, KEPSA in collaboration with other stakeholders have embarked on the process again which has seen the gazettement of the taskforce by the cabinet secretary, MEW&NR and the CC Bill and Policy tabled at parliament for the first reading. The stakeholders involved have been conducting county consultations to provide the counties with an opportunity to input on the draft CC bill so that the bill is influenced by their interests.
The Baringo county climate change bill consultation workshop was organized by KCCWG in partnership with the county government of Baringo with the financial support from the embassy of Sweden and DFID through ACT! The workshop was held on 3/6/2014 at Kibelion Hotel, Mogotio.A total of 55 participants drawn from ALIN, KCCWG, farmers, County government of Baringo, youth groups, KMS, MOA, KCJWC, NACOFA among others were sensitized on the bill. Presentations made included; presentation on the draft CC Bill and policy, impacts of climate change in Baringo County and possible adaptation and mitigation measures, efforts put in place by Baringo County to address CC e.t.c.
Lobbying for increase in budgetary allocation to the County environment ministry by the Baringo county government, sharing climate change information with other stakeholders who did not attend the forum, collaboration with like-minded partners on sustainable green initiatives, gender mainstreaming in the development agenda and embracing drought resistant crops were some of the recommendations made.

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Baringo County Consultative Forum on the dreaft Climate Chage Policyand bill pro



Murang'a County Consultative Workshop on the Climate Change Bill and Policy Proceedings Report

The participants were welcomed to the forum. Mrs.Kibe thanked the leadership of Murang‟a County for their commitment to the process. Representations included persons from MOA, KFS, Meteorological Services, County officials that included the Deputy County Commissioner and MCAs including the Chair person Agriculture, Livestock and Environment at the county assembly, District Forest officer, ACK Church, Neighbourhood Watch and representatives from KCCWG. Mrs. Kibe informed participants that KCCWG have been working together with PANARECC in the efforts towards the realization of the Climate Change Bill. They have been on the fore front in ground-truthing taking the Bill to over 40 counties. This was the chance for Murang‟a people to add their voice on the Climate Change Bill. There is need to link international negotiations with the truth on the ground. What are the impacts of Climate Change in Murang‟a and what aspects have been covered on the Bill or what has not been covered? She lauded Hon. Mwaniki for his efforts in the mobilization of county officials for the important meeting.

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Murang'a County Consultative Workshop on the Climate Change Bill Report



Climate Change Bill and Policy Taskforce Meeting Report

The stated aim of Kenya’s vision 2030 is to create a prosperous nation with a high quality of life.However, climate change is a significant barrier to achieving this goal. Efforts have increasingly been made to develop a climate change legislation in Kenya that would provide both the legal and institutional frameworks for increasing the adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change.KCCWG partnered with MEW&NR, KAM, KEPSA and Inter-ministerial department to come up with the climate change Bill 2012 which the former president failed to pass into law citing limited public participation.

It is from this background that the taskforce members within the NSC have been meeting to come up with a climate change Bill that would accommodate the gaps that were highlighted in the climate change bill 2012.The climate change Bill and policy taskforce meeting was organized by Kenya Climate Change Working Group with financial support from CAFOD.The meeting was held on 7th April, 2014 at The Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi. The meeting brought together stakeholders from KAM, KIPPRA, MEW&NR, KCCWG, TI, FICCP and KEPSA. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the outcome of a meeting that the legal consultant (Dr.Kibugi) had held the previous week with Hon.Ottichilo whose main agenda was to discuss the structure of the draft Elementaita Bill and compare it with what Hon.Ottichilo had. It was observed that presenting the climate change bill and policy to the parliament before it goes on reses was a matter of urgency. This was because after reses, the budget would be the main agenda in the parliament. The taskforce members had divergent views in terms of the proposed structure of the Bill. Two propositions were made; to present the two structures to the permanent secretary with the pros and cons of each then have him decide on which structure to present to the parliament or have another meeting for the taskforce to iron out the issues that they were not in agreement with then present a final structure to the PS.Other clauses that were discussed included; the county governments, the council; where it should be anchored and the duties of the secretariat and the directorate, compliance and duties.

The stakeholders were also briefed on a sensitization workshop that would be held in Kitui on 14th April, 2014 followed by a taskforce meeting on the following day (15th April, 2014) by Mr.John Kioli.The meeting is one of KCCWG’s activities that the taskforce saw as a window to tap into for value addition as it is not in the road map. It was agreed that the climate change bill should not be presented by the taskforce during the meeting. This is because the amendments were yet to be presented to the parliament but the taskforce could inform the participants of the road map and progress made in coming up with the Bill whose earlier version was not passed into law by the former president citing limited public participation.

Madam Hussein briefed the participants on the pending activities on the roadmap. The meeting with the county governments scheduled for 24th-25th April, 2014 in Mombasa and a parliamentary committee, senate and the national assembly meeting which could be combined upon confirmation on the date by the parliament were some of the pending activities. It was agreed that other CSOs who had funds for the Bill should liaise with the ministry and give it a schedule of their meetings so as to make necessary arrangements for representation by the taskforce members.KAM, KEPSA and TI briefed the stakeholders on their upcoming meetings all of which would be for value addition to the roadmap. In conclusion, the taskforce members agreed to engage more during the taskforce meeting scheduled for 15th April, 2014 in Kitui.

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Climate Change Bill and Policy Taskforce Meeting Report