Climate Change and Resilience


UNDP supports the government to develop appropriate policies, strategies, tools and innovative programs that integrate environment into national planning and budgeting processes, as well as promoting effective management of natural resources for production and income diversification.

In addition, UNDP assists Kenya with domestication of Multilateral Environment Agreements and Conventions through development of projects that build capacities at grassroots, county and national levels.

UNDP focuses on four main environmental areas namely:

  • Climate Change (both adaptation and mitigation),
  • Natural Resource Management (Sustainable land Management),
  • Forestry and Biodiversity/Wildlife,
  • Sustainable Energy Access (both at upstream policy levels and downstream community levels). The specific needs of women are addressed through rehabilitation of natural springs, drilling of boreholes and introduction of energy efficient cooking stoves. These interventions have reduced dependency on relief food by 30%.



  • Three women groups were trained on wildlife conservation and business development.
  • 200 charcoal producers in three counties (Taita-Taveta, Kwale and Narok) received energy efficient charcoal kilns to reduce the environmental degradation associated with unsustainable charcoal production practices
  • A solar water heating manual and training kits provided to 11 Technical Training Institutes supported hands on training for students.
  • Training of media on climate change reporting led to increased coverage of climate related issues, contributing to better preparedness for climate-related incidents such as flooding and droughts
  • 28 senior government officials now have better understanding on how to integrate Human Rights-based Approaches into environmental governance in the mining sector.
  • The national government passed the Climate Change Act 2016 and reviewed the national Climate Finance Policy, enabling the government chart climate sensitive development pathways.
  • The capacity of the national government to mobilize additional funding for climate adaptation was strengthened by the approval of the Climate Change Act, review of climate public expenditure and coding of climate related budgets.
  • 2000 solar lanterns were distributed to schools and health centers in the arid areas.
  • The accreditation of 100 vendors and technicians in solar energy supplies has improved access to quality solar PV products resulting in the uptake of renewable energy by the public.
  • A new crop insurance programme at a premium subsidy of KES 300 million in five Counties – Turkana, Isiolo, Wajir, Marsabit and Tana-River – helps small holder farmers better manage risks in the agriculture sector and increase productivity, as well as reduce losses.
  • Climate sensitive spatial planning tool kits were developed through UNDP support to the County Governments, by identifying the most vulnerable and hazard prone areas for disaster risk reduction, contributing to improved county level planning and development.


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