Gachagua urges partners to support climate change plans

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024 03:45 | By
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua. PHOTO/Print
Deputy president Rigathi Gachagua at a previous state function. PHOTO/ (@rigathi)/ X

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has appealed to international partners to enhance their support for programmes geared towards battling adverse effects of Climate Change in the country.

The Deputy President said the Government has scaled up response to the phenomenon to mitigate against occurrences like severe drought, enhanced rainfall and floods as witnessed in the country recently, calling for more global support.

Speaking on Monday when he hosted the Common Board of Trustees of the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF), at the Official Residence in Karen, Nairobi, the DP said the ongoing programme targeting 15 billion trees by 2032 would greatly benefit from the partners’ support.

“Climate change is real. We have an ambitious programme of growing trees as one of the mechanisms we have identified to combat the negative effects of climate change. I appeal to you for your expertise, technical advice for this programme to come to fruition,” he said.

Adverse weaather

The DP said Kenya had suffered the brunt of adverse weather linked to Climate Change including five failed rainy seasons that led to severe drought that hit the country before receiving enhanced rainfall that led to destructive floods.

Kenya is the host country of ICRAF (also known as World Agroforestry Centre) which has merged with the Centre for International Forestry Research.

During the event attended by Board Chair Doris Capistrano, Vice-Chair Alexander Müller and ICRAF Director General Éliane Ubalijoro, Irrigation Principal Secretary Ephantus Kimotho among others, Gachagua praised the organisation for lasting collaboration in environmental conservation and promoting agroforestry.

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