By Matilda Atieno
The County government in partnership with World bank has rolled out a week long Participatory Climate Risk Assessment (PCRA) process spearheaded by the County Technical Working Group (TWG) including state and non state actors.
The process that is running concurrently across all the sub- counties aims at identifying locally-led climate interventions through a community-led participation at the ward level.
The PCRA is a mechanism for evaluating the risks and effects of climate change so that informed climate resilience actions that are sustainable can be designed. Mr. Silvan Kepha Ogolla of Masogo- Nyang’oma ward in Muhoroni Subcounty was confident that the PCRA process will ensure that vulnerable and minority groups including women, elderly, PWDs and the youth who are often disproportionately affected by climate change and its impacts in the community are not left out in the climate change planning and decision-making processes.
A climate risk assessment is significant in identifying climate risks, impacts, vulnerabilities and priority resilience choices in order to develop local capacities through locally led actions, as stated in the Kisumu Climate Change Policy 2019 and Kisumu Climate Change Act 2020. The process seeks to enable the county to access Financing Locally Lead Climate Action (FLLoCA) programme, which is implementing climate action in communities.
Current discussions in the 35 wards, will address County Climate Risks which will feed into National program. By involving various departments and partners, the county focuses on creating a beneficial, resilient and sustainable future for Kisumu residents.
The PCRA is a critical first step in developing the local climate change profile, which would guide the development of a local climate change response.