The County Government of Uasin Gishu is set to benefit from a government grant, this is after the Department of Water, Environment, Natural Resources, Tourism and Wildlife Management was assessed to gauge its preparedness to benefit from the grant.
The department has already developed a climate change policy that has created a climate change unit that will coordinate locally from the village level.
The program dubbed “Financing Locally-Led Climate Action Program ” whose main objective is to strengthen local resilience to the impact of climate change and natural hazards by building local capacity to plan, budget and implement resilience investments in a way that promotes partnerships between communities, national and county governments.
Speaking when she hosted the team from the National Treasury and Planning led by Dr. Maurice Pedo, who is the Program Manager, Environment and Natural Resources CECM Ms Mary Njogu said Uasin Gishu has been keen on ensuring that environmental tenets are observed adding that the county has surpassed the 10% forest cover threshold.
According to the department’s Chief Officer, Simion Kemei, Uasin Gishu is among the first cluster of 24 counties being assessed on their readiness to access the funds and upon qualification, the grant will be available by 31st March 2021.
Dr Pedo was accompanied by Fedha Eunice from the Council of Governor’s secretariat. Chief Officer Finance Peter Chesos and Director Silas Rono were present.