A Christian Organization – Anglican Development Services Western (ADSW) – has partnered with the County Government of Kakamega to draft a County climate change Bill.
The Bill, seeks to help the county tackle challenges of climate change and calls for appropriate efforts by all stakeholders to promote and conserve environment programs across the County.
In a sensitization workshop held in a local hotel in Kakamega town, which brought together members of the Kakamega County Assembly Environment, Water and Natural Resources Committee and officials from the County Attorney general office, the ADSW coordinator, Mr. Winstone Atama urged Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) to fully support the initiate to have County climate law in place.
“We are experiencing challenges on climate because citizenry is not well informed about key matters related to environment and weather. If we do not put in place sound policies and laws that address climate change, we will continue losing humanity, animals and subsequently our land will become deserts with devastating effects.” Mr. Atama warned.
He added that climate change is adversely affecting Kenya through increased temperatures, erratic rainfall and drought, and therefore there is need for the Kakamega County to develop crucial climate change policies and legislation.
The Committee’s chairperson, Hon. Swaka Limera said once the Assembly receives the Bill from the county executive, his committee will spearhead public publication exercise on the proposed law.
ADSW, which is an implementing partner on Climate Change programs with the Lake Region Economic Block has called on the central government to devolve national climate change funds to counties to enable grassroot climate change programs to yield desirable results.