In a bid to safeguard the County from the adverse effects of climate change and comply with the international standards of environmental conservation, The County Government has started the preparation of a five years climate change action plan expected to run from 2023 to 2028.
The plan which is a requirement for accessing the Global Green Climate Fund cash will set the framework for the participation of stakeholders at the ward and the recently formed village level jurisdiction.
While opening the forum in Lodwar, Stella Lochodo, the chief officer for Tourism, Culture, Environment, Energy and Natural Resources said that the process will be both consultative and collaborative since environment was everyone’s concern.
Chief Officer Stella Lochodo reiterated the Government’s commitment towards attaining the readiness to tackle climate change induced dangers through rafts of legislative measures which had been completed and operationalized in the last five years.
The chief officer cited the County Climate Change Policy, Turkana County Climate Change Act 2021, Turkana County Climate Change Regulation of 2021 as examples deliberate intervention by the County Government under the leadership of Governor Nanok.
“Upon it’s completion, this five year plan will not only rope in all the stakeholders but also mainstream climate change intervention in all human activities hence put the county on the right path to reducing emission of the dangerous green house gases.” Clement Nadio Director Environment explained.
Director Nadio explained that significant progress had been made towards completing the zero draft of the plan as framework for stakeholders cordination and the subsequent concerns of ToR development, involvement of experts and the inclusion of stakeholders had been fully executed.
Officials from National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), NDMA, KEFRI, Meteorology, KFS, World Vision, Lodwar CARITAS, WFP, Practical Action attended the workshop alongside County Government Directors.