Africa Adaptation Programme

What the project is about


The Kenya component of the African Adaptation Programme (AAP) has the main objective of steering Kenya towards climate change resilient development by strengthening institutional and systemic capacity and leadership to address climate change risks and opportunities through a national approach to adaptation. It has been designed to support the long-term efforts of Kenya to further develop her capability to successfully identify, design and implement holistic adaptation and disaster risk reduction programmes that are aligned with national development priorities. The AAP is implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources (MEMR), World Food Program (WFP) and UNIDO from funding provided by the Japanese Government. UNDP administers the implementation of the project through technical oversight and quality assurance. The expected outputs include;

  1. Dynamic, long-term planning mechanisms to manage the inherent uncertainties of climate change introduced;
  2. Leadership capacities and institutional frameworks to manage climate change risks and opportunities in an integrated manner at the local and national levels strengthened;
  3. Climate-resilient policies and measures implemented in priority sectors implemented;
  4. Financing options to meet national adaptation costs expanded at the local, national, sub-regional and regional levels; and
  5. Knowledge on adjusting national development processes to fully incorporate climate change risks and opportunities generated and shared across all levels.


What we have archieved so far

AAP has participated in various in-country processes addressing climate change, for example;

  • National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS) Action Plan process. Facilitated holding of the induction Workshop for the NCCRS Action Plan Task Force in Mombasa Kenya.
  • Technical Workshop on Climate Change Bill, and exploring possibilities of supporting the integration of the bill in the NCCRS Action Plan process.
  • Supported the organization of National preparatory meeting for UNFCCC negotiations in Bonn and COP 17.

 From the AWP, the programme is expected to pilot projects to test climate change systems in two watershed areas. So far the following activities have been conducted;

  • Feasibility mission on pilot project to test climate change adaptation systems in a watershed through undertaking community based catchment rehabilitation in the Western Mau Forest Complex
  • A Strategic Consultative Stakeholder Workshop held for the rehabilitation of Lake Naivasha Water Ecosystem

 Workshops and events

As guided by the Annual Work Plan, AAP has organized the following events:

  • Media sensitization meetings conducted
  • Climate Change Focal Points established with the different ministries and key agencies
    • T21 training Workshops successfully conducted and the Vensim software purchased.
    • T21 stakeholders Workshop held successfully.
    • A training for two KMD staff on complex dynamic modeling at the ICTP in Trieste, Italy

Activities by UN Partner Agencies

WFP: As at 11 June 2011, 413 stoves had been installed in 473 schools in 15 Districts. The stoves were installed on cost-sharing arrangement with the school covering 50% of the cost. WFP has provided tree seedlings to four schools (includes fencing of the facilities). This will ensure wood supply in the future. 

UNIDO : UNIDO had proposed to focus on three pilot climate change adaptation activities:Micro hydro power: The allocated funds were sufficient for only 200kw. The government has requested UNIDO to consider developing the full potential of the site to produce 500kw. The process has been put on hold to allow for co-financing arrangements (ministry of energy/AFD).

Energy for water security: Feasibility study on biogas digesters was conducted. Results revealed that this investment would only provide 15kw which is too low. UNIDO is currently undertaking another feasibility study to look into the use of water hyacinth to implement this component.

Green charcoal for household energy substitution: Construction of three community centers underway.  Each center is expected to generate 20 tonnes of ‘charcoal’ per week, using rice husks, prosopis and coconut shells.


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