Nema to launch Sh1bn climate change programme


Nema director-general Geoffrey Wahungu at a past press conference in Nairobi. The National Environment Management Authority (Nema) will now cap the fees based on the risk levels of projects with those deemed to pose great damage to the environment paying a maximum of Sh40 million. PHOTO | FILE

The National Environment Management Authority (Nema) will Friday launch a Sh1 billion climate change programme that will be implemented in 14 counties.

Nema, the principal agency that implements environmental policies on behalf of the government, said that the fund from the Global Adaptation Fund will support a national programme to build resilience to climate change and adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities.

“This programme is designed to respond to effects of climate change and will cover water management, food security, agroforestry, coastal and mangrove ecosystems and disaster risk reduction,” said Nema director general Geoffrey Wahungu.

Professor Wahungu said that the programme titled Integrated Programme to Build Resilience to Climate Change and Adaptive Capacity of Vulnerable Communities in Kenya will be implemented in collaboration with three entities and eight other sub executing entities.

These include Coast Development Authority (CDA), Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) and Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority (TARDA).