PS Chris Kiptoo Appreciates Partners' Effort In Mitigating Climate Change

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Kenya's Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary, Dr. Chris Kiptoo, has lauded development partners and the private sector for continued support in the country's climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

In a speech read on his behalf by NEMA DG. Mamo B. Mamo, during the launch of the private sector strategy on climate change solution 2022-2030, the PS appreciated the efforts by the government and private sector in mitigation, adaptation, and resilience programs aimed at cautioning vulnerable people against the vagaries of climate change.

PS Kiptoo said that the launch was timely as the world leadership is converging at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for COP 27 conference to discuss climate change.

He said that Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement reconfirm that growth and development cannot continue without all countries tackling climate change and boosting environmental sustainability.

He challenged the private sector to develop innovative ways to help the country transition from the current development pathway to a low-carbon and climate-resilient one.

"The need for innovative solutions in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation is an opportunity for companies to develop new products and services and serve new markets," said the PS.

On his part, National Treasury and Planning Principal Administrative Secretary Mr. Amos Gatheca reiterated the government's commitment to coordinated partnership in the mobilization of funds in support of innovative ways to the low-carbon movement and increasing green growth agenda in the country.

He said the National Treasury, through the Green Climate Fund (GCF), in collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and KEPSA, currently has 15 projects that have approval and are fully supported. In comparison, five projects are ready for support at the cost of USD—4.5 million in mitigation and adaptation efforts.

The strategy developed by KEPSA through the multistakeholder approach seeks to strengthen and institutionalize the private sector to participate and invest in climate change adaptation.

It complements the realization of the country's Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and serves as the basis of private sector-driven decisions on climate change. It also presents the basis of business commitment towards enhancing climate change mitigation and adaptation actions through investment, awareness creation and directing resources for combating climate change.

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