U.S. Government, UNDP and Ministry of Environment Launch Project to Support Low-Carbon Growth and Climate Adaptation in Kenya

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative Nardos Bekele-Thomas joined Kenyan Cabinet Secretary Professor Judi Wakhungu of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources on November 21, for the launch of the Ksh 670 million “Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development” project.

The “Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development” project supports Kenya’s efforts to pursue long-term, transformative development and accelerate sustainable climate resilient economic growth, while slowing the growth of greenhouse gas emissions.

Kenya is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change since the key drivers of the economy -agriculture, livestock, tourism, forestry, and fisheries- are climate-sensitive.  The new activity will help the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources build accurate climate forecasting skills, which are critical in supporting climate sensitive sectors like water, agriculture and energy.  UNDP will provide state-of-the-art training to support the integration of climate adaptation and low emissions growth into long-range development plans.