NAIROBI, Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has launched its National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP), which the Cabinet Secretary (Minister), Prof. Judi Wakhungu, says will contribute greatly toward implementation of the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 through its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

Launching the action plan here Monday, she said climate change continued to pose the greatest challenge to sustainable development. Climate change is the biggest and most complex challenge to sustainable development in this century, said Prof. Wakhungu, who noted that the impacts of climate change continued to be felt by communities around the world, including Kenya.

She said Kenya, like many African countries, remained highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. The country has come face to face with the unprecedented challenge of climate change impacts and the corresponding socio-economic losses.

She said the high dependence on climate-sensitive natural resources “for our livelihoods and economic sustenance will increase our vulnerability. Droughts and floods are among other extreme climate events which will become ever more severe in magnitude and frequency.

These manifestations of climate change, she said, constitute a serious threat to Kenya’s sustainable development and future prosperity and has the potential to reverse the modest gains the country has achieved towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in effect undermine Kenya’s development.

She said Kenya aspires to achieve its development through a low-carbon, climate-resilient development, hence the need to effectively implement the Climate Change Act 2016 to provide an enabling environment for implementation of both domestic and international obligation.