Anglican Development Services Eastern (ADSE) held a three-day training session in a Kitui Hotel. The training which had participants from seventeen wards in Kitui County, covered topics of County Climate Change Fund, Documentation process and Climate Change advocacy.
“We continue to drive programs of climate change in Kitui County to support the efforts of County and National Government, and this training improves proficiency in executing climates change programs in the wards” said Mr. Japheth Kiminza of ADSE.
Ten wards of Ikutha, Mutito, Mutha, Yatta/Kwa vonza, Migwani, Kauwi, Tharaka, Ngomeni, Mutito/Kaliku and Voo/Kyamatu have benefited with climate change programs from ADSE and partners in climate change. Additional six wards of Kyuso, Mumoni, Ikanga/Kyautune, Kanyangi, Chuluni and Zombe/Mwitika are set to benefit from water projects this year and later Kyome/Thaana.
“Six water projects in six wards in Kitui have already been advertised in local dailies, and IFAD- (International Fund for Agricultural Development) which is financing the projects is reviewing the tender applications” said Mr. Francis Kome from National Drought Management Authority in Kitui, which is an implementing partner under KCEP-CRAL projects.
He further urged participants to consider Climate change issues in all development projects citing an example of a poorly done road will be carried away by rains, as well as a poorly done house will be swept by winds. He also stated that human activity remains the greatest concern in climate change.
“The Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Natural Resources in the County Government of Kitui is committed in matters of climate change, and we are already working on assessments and proposal development for additional five wards resulting from the anticipated Financing Locally Led Climate Action (FLLoCA) program. Kyome/Thaana ward stands a chance to benefit from the FLLoCA program” said Everlyne Musembi, chief officer in the Ministry.
Participants present were representatives of the ward climate change planning committee which included the chairperson of each committee and a ward administrator from each of the seventeen wards.
The County Government of Kitui and the National Drought management authority were partners in the ADSE workshop.