Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Preparedness in Kenya

Stephen Mutimba, Samuel Mayieko, Peterson Olum,Kristen Wanyatma
Heinrich Böll Stiftung, East and Horn of Africa
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Africa has contributed very little to global warming, but it will be affected severely by climate change. While the continent has a role to play in the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, Africa’s major focus is on issues of adaptation. In order to address the challenges of adaptation to climate change, African countries need substantial financial resources. At the same time, they require information systems, technical capacity, and the right policies and institutions. The governance of climate change adaptation is as important as its finance.

This study gives an overview about Kenya’s efforts to address the challenges of adaptation to climate change so far. It provides information on existing policies and maps institutions and main actors in a rapidly emerging policy area influenced by a wide array of actors and interests.

The study constitutes a snapshot into the state of adaptation preparedness in East Africa, as at mid-2010. It shows what Kenya has already achieved in this regard. But it also identifies “loose ends” and problems, many of which are similar and related to issues encountered in governance and development policy debates more generally.

This volume forms part of a series of three studies (on Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, respectively) commissioned by the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya. The studies should be of interest to everybody working in the area of climate change in East Africa – to those who seek general information and orientation in the field, as well as to experts already working towards a sound response to climate change in the region.

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