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KITUI COUNTY ROUND TABLE MEETING WITH POLICY MAKERS ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND GENDER MAINSTREAMING WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS REPORT

Climate change and energy security are not gender neutral. Women and young girls are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change than men, since women’s adaptive capacity is determined by the availability and accessibility of natural resources, which are adversely affected by climate change. Given that men and women have different adaptive capabilities, climate change has an impact on the relationships between them - the gender dynamic. Secondly, when coupled with unequal access to resources and to decision-making processes, limited mobility places women in a position where they are disproportionately affected by climate change. It is thus important to identify gender-sensitive strategies to respond to the environmental and humanitarian crises caused by climate change.

It is against this backdrop that a round table meeting with policy makers on climate change and gender mainstreaming was organized by KCCWG in partnership with Kitui County government with the financial support from CAFOD. The workshop was held on 30/3/2017 at the Green Africa Centre of Excellence in Kitui County bringing on board forty stakeholders drawn from KEFRI, KFS, ACK, CARITAS, MYWO, PWDs, KMD, CHIEF, GAF, MEDIA, MCAS, SASOL, KYG, KCCWG, KCJWC, SUSWATCH, CSOs network.

Attachments:
Kitui RT Report



KITUI COUNTY ROUND TABLE MEETING WITH POLICY MAKERS ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ACCESS AND ITS INTEGRATION INTO COUNTY ACTIONS AND PLANS PROCEEDINGS REPORT

The Kitui County round table meeting with policy makers on sustainable energy access and its integration into county actions and plans was held on 19/1/2017.The workshop was organized by KCCWG in partnership with Kitui County Government (Ministry of Environment energy and mineral investment development) with financial support from CAFOD. The meeting brought on board representatives from the county led by the County Minister of environment Hon George Mulatya, SEKU, Caritas Kitui, Neema Foundation, Green Africa Foundation, Suswatch, Kenya Climate Justice Women Champions, the media , Anglican Development Services, CPAs among others.A total of 35 stakeholders took part in the meeting. .

The objective of the workshop was to provide a platform for policy makers and other county focal points to engage matters energy and how the county could address energy issues in line with national and global energy agenda.Stakeholders had an in-depth discussion on strategies put inplace by the county government of Kitui in promoting access and use of clean energy which included enactment of charcoal regulations to promote sustainable charcoalproduction, harnessing of solar through partnership with a company from Japan among other strategies.

Attachments:
Kitui RT Report Sustainable

DIALOGUE ON COMMUNITY BASELINE REPORT ON SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR MUI BASIN COAL MINING REPORT

Worldwide, the need to pursue sustainable development guided by environmental, social, cultural and ethical consideration is a norm. The goal of sustainable development cannot be achieved without significant changes in the ways development initiatives are planned, implemented and managed. Therefore, in order to achieve these changes, humanity has to consider as a matter of priority environmental conservation, protection and security as essential elements of this entire process. In Kenya, environmental impact assessment and Audit regulations 2013 require that all projects listed in the second schedule of the Environment Management and Coordination Act 1999 be subjected to Environmental Impact Assessment and reports submitted to the National Environment Management Authority.

Often ignored are the social and economic benefits of coal mining.  These benefits go far beyond the energy it provides and the products like steel and cement that are made from coal. Coal mining supports local communities and provides a big boost to regional and national economies. Kitui County has proven reserves of coal in the Mui basin that has been subdivided into four blocks two of which are already under concession with the other two undergoing further exploration. No coal mining exist in Kenya, the planned coal mining in Mui would be the first thus the need to critically asses how the mining would impact the environment and the society in the area.

Attachments:
Mui Basin SEIA Report





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