By Matilda Atieno
Kisumu County and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) have organized a multi sectoral training that will support the county on Participatory Climate Risk Assessment (PCRA), a process that prepares institutions to access funding from Financing Locally-Led Climate Action (FLLOCA) towards climate resilience approaches.
Climate change has become a policy priority world wide, and in line with the Kisumu County Climate Change Act and the Climate Change Action Plan to prioritize PCRA in efforts to build resilient communities with locals being required to develop adaptive coping mechanisms.
The County Participatory Climate Risk Assessment and Adaptation Planning Workshop has been convened to initiate a multi-stakeholder approach in assessing hazards, vulnerability and local coping strategies within Kisumu through a community based assessment.
The two-day workshop was officially opened by the CEC member for Water Environment Climate Change and Natural Resources, Madam Marilyn Agwa. She noted that Kisumu has been in the forefront of developing structures for climate change interventions supported by partners in the climate change sector.
Madam Agwa affirmed the County Government’s commitment to working with other development partners, stakeholders and Climate change champions to address climate change effectively, pointing out that the training is aimed at developing a roadmap towards carrying out PCRA, sharing experiences and lessons learnt and learning key steps in conducting the PCRA in strengthening capacity for climate change adaptation.
The CEC challenged the participants to come up with a more comprehensive tool that communities can apply their local knowledge in combination with general knowledge related to hazards and climate change in a way that suits their specific needs and situations.
Also present was the FES Project Assistant, Patricia Jannack who reaffirmed their commitment to the advancement of PCRA and climate justice in the county.