Kenya among African Countries to implement initiative to combat desertification

Kenya is one of the seven African countries that plan to implement African Initiative for Combating Desertification to Strengthen Resilience to Climate Change.

The initiative that is also being implemented in the Sahel region is geared towards enhancing knowledge and to facilitate technology transfer among African countries.

The African initiative that would run for a period of six years from 2016 to 2022, is geared towards making nations and communities resilient to climate change by promoting measures for combating desertification in the Sahel and Horn of Africa (HOA).

Speaking during the initiative forum held in Nairobi on Thursday, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu noted that ravages of the ongoing drought on the social fabric of many nations in HOA has adversely affected the livelihood of millions of people.

She said Kenya welcomed any partnership that was geared towards alleviating the suffering of affected communities to help them sustainably manage their land and build resilience to climate change

The CS said that issues of Desertification Land Degradation and Drought (DLDD) were important due to the fact that the region was severely affected by DLDD resulting to low land productivity and food insecurity.

This initiative would also seek to harmonize with ongoing efforts by partner countries and partner organizations for effectively addressing the mounting challenges the region faces on drought and desertification.

The Ambassador of Japan to Kenya, Toshitsugu Uesawa said that there was still a long way to go for Africa in the fight against desertification which not only destroyed wildlife habitat and ecosystem but also affectted livelihoods.

We should thus view desertification as not only a regional issue but more fundamentally an issue which poses a serious threat to global environment, he said.

He added that the Japan has been promoting various projects to support the fight against desertification, including technology cooperation and capacity building, based on the unique situations and the specific needs, of each country, or region.

The Initiative is being led by Kenya and Senegal and it was launched during the TICAD 6th meeting in August last year in Nairobi to build consensus on the implementation of the initiative among countries.

Source: Kenya News Agency