Seminar on Integrated Planning for Climate Change and Air Pollution Mitigation in Kenya

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Date and time: 
Tue, 2018-07-17 09:00
Location / Venue: 

Ariziki Conference Room

From Right Prof. Shem Wandiga Director(Ag) , ICCA, Evelyne, Dr.Alice Kaudia 

Air pollution is the leading global environmental health risk factor responsible for over 3.5 million deaths annually due to exposure to fine particulate of matter (PM) in the outdoor air. In Kenya it is estimated that exposure to fine particulate matter is responsible for over 15,000 premature deaths annually from both indoor and outdoor sources, estimated to cost the country USD 2,244 million per year.

Thus, the health impacts of air pollution can put a drag on development and impede progress towards the achievement of Vision 2030 goals. Some air pollutants collectively known as Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) such as methane, black carbon, hydro fluorocarbons and ground-level ozone also contribute to the near term regional and global warming. This calls for an integrated approach to address air pollution and climate change across all development sectors.

Sound environmental management is a key priority in Kenya. Article 42 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 provides for the right to a clean environment for every Kenyan citizen. To meet the international climate change obligations, Kenya ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, which is aimed at keeping the global temperature rise to below 2oC, and which has committed all Parties to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).The seminar introduced the participants to the impacts of air pollutants on health and the climate system, and how mitigation affects both, illustrated achievement of air pollution goals, whilst limiting emissions that cause near-term and long-term climate change .

Also the participants were introduced to the LEAP-IBC tool, developed by the Stockholm Environment Institute, and demonstrated how it can be used to support integrated strategy development and assess the impact of air pollution and climate change policies on human health and agriculture in Kenya and global warming.

LEAP-IBC was presented as a potential tool to support measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of the nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) in Kenya, and aid in the compilation of Kenya’s third National Communication to the UNFCCC. As well as exploring opportunities for the application of the LEAP-IBC tool to support mitigation planning by strengthening capacities across the priority sectors of the National Climate Change Action Plan.

The seminar targeted policy makers from government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Academics from the Universities, Graduate students, Researchers, Industry representatives, Practitioners from Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and participants from the private sector. The seminar catalyze the process for bringing together individuals from a variety of background, skills, and occupation to build a community of practitioners in Kenya interested in expanding the use and application of LEAP-IBC tool for integrated planning for climate change and air quality management in Kenya.

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2032-12-31 12:00
Contact Person: 

Prof. Shem Wandiga and Dr. Alice Kaudia

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