Kenya is a leading country in taking action on climate change, having several dedicated national policies and being actively engaged in multiple international initiatives. With the aim of strengthening existing processes by taking a more strategic approach to climate change learning, the Government of Kenya officially joined the UN CC:Learn Partnership in 2018. The UN CC:Learn Project to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) of Kenya will be implemented through a multi-stakeholder and cross-sectoral approach under the leadership of the Climate Change Directorate, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the UN Country Team.
To maximize synergies and impacts, the UN CC:Learn project will closely align with new FAO-supported GCF NAP Readiness Programme “Enhancing Capacity for Planning and Effective Implementation of Climate Change Adaptation in Kenya”. This 3-year programme aims at enhancing technical and institutional capacities for adaptation planning in key Ministries, Department and Agencies, strengthening the existing knowledge base on national adaptation planning, providing evidence-based results for NAPs, and engaging with the private sector to support adaptation efforts.
The Launch Event of the GCF NAP Readiness and UN CC:Learn Projects, officially kick-starting both initiatives, took place on 29 April 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. The event brought together several governmental and non-governmental representatives to discuss the two projects and their linkages, as well as plan for their implementation.