Climate change might affect the Big Four Agenda, says PS

Drastic weather changes occasioned by global warming clearly presents a challenge which might affect the Big Four agenda.

The Environment and Forestry Permanent Secretary (PS), Susan Mochache has said severe weather patterns, including prolonged droughts and massive flush floods witnessed around the country have caused massive crop failures and loss of livestock, thus leading to food insecurity.

Subsequently, unpredictable climatic conditions contributed to loss of revenue and human suffering, thereby slowing economic development in the country.

Mochache said efforts to address climate change are extremely necessary if the government has to realize the Big Four agenda, the Medium Term Plan II and the Vision 2030.

I am happy to report that my ministry in collaboration with relevant stakeholders has already commenced implementation of the Climate Change Act, 2016 which offers sustainable solutions to the impacts of climate change, said the PS.

Mochache noted that the situation is most critical in developing countries where droughts and floods have become more severe and devastating.

Meanwhile, the major climate change manifestations in Kenya through lengthy droughts were witnessed in the years 1999/2000 and 2005/2006 which resulted in death of livestock and crop failures.

It is reported that between 2000-2011 and 2016-2017 the government may have spent on average of Sh4.2 billion on post disaster relief per year due to climate related extreme events, she said.

According to the PS, Kenya has shown one of the best approaches in addressing climate change by committing to reduce 30 per cent of its emissions, a target that requires great efforts from both the public and private sectors.

She urged stakeholders particularly from the private sector to join the government in moving the agenda forward.

The National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) Director General, Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Director, Dr. Charles Lange said the organization has achieved several climate adaptation programmes including the recent plastic ban in the country, which has helped in reduction of environmental pollution.

Safaricom Director of TechnologyThibaudRerolle said that business leaders are playing a major role in the climate change menace by taking strong positions in their roles as the private sector, further confirming that the company is the largest energy consumer in the country.

The leaders were speaking on Wednesday at a Nairobi hotelduring a climate change forum, whose overall objectives was to create awareness and build partnerships for implementing strategies towards adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

Climate change has become the most critical global challenge in the recent times, with implications on the human wellbeing thus showing a potential to affect the Big Four agenda.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), climate change will affect all sectors of the economy therefore affecting sustainable development.

Source: Kenya News Agency