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NCCK Welcomes Inter County Cooperation Agreement on Climate Change

NCCK Welcomes Inter County Cooperation Agreement on Climate Change

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The National Council of Churches of Kenya has welcomed the signing of the Inter County Cooperation Agreement on Climate Change Governance in Kerio River Ecosystem by the Governors of Turkana, West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo Counties earlier today.

The signing ceremony at Lodwar signalled a landmark event as this is the first ecosystem-based climate change governance cooperation agreement in Kenya.

The Cooperation Agreement signed today is an enhancement of one signed last year but which had excluded Turkana County.

Through the Cooperation Agreement, the four counties touched by the Kerio River Ecosystem committed to jointly develop policies and programs at conserving the ecosystem, to synergize climate change related laws, and facilitate intra and inter county public participation forums, platforms and conferences.

Programmatically, the counties will establish climate change response committees at county, sub county and ward levels, and will allocate 2% of their development budgets to climate change interventions.

Communities in the four counties will benefit from improved lives as they work with their counties to mitigate and adapt to climate change. They will also have greater opportunities to influence governance processes through the county, sub county, and ward climate change committees.

The Inter County Cooperation Agreement was developed during the implementation of the project named Community Resilience in Kerio River Ecosystem (CORKE) by the NCCK in partnership with the North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB), with financial support from Dan Church Aid.

The NCCK remains committed to supporting Kenyans to effectively respond to climate change.

Signed on this 26th Day of November 2020 at the Cradle Hotel, Lodwar, Turkana County.

Rev Canon Chris Kinyanjui

General Secretary

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