Lake Naivasha Sopa lodge, Naivasha, Kenya
Workshop forum in session
Dr. Koech Oscar, of the University of Nairobi (UoN), Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), a pasture expert at the African Dryland Institute for Sustainability (ADIS) - UoN attended a National Dialogue on Policy Frameworks for Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Rangeland Management and Governance in Kenya’s Rangelands held on 19th – 23rd September 2016, at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Naivasha. The workshop was a realization of the important roles the rangelands play in Kenya, where it covers about 89% of land mass and a home to many livestock and wildlife populations. The areas are also important for biodiversity conservation.
Rangelands of Kenya contribute to about 10% GDP, 45% AGDP and hosts over 70% livestock population. The need to manage these lands in a more sustainable manner is what has become a concern to experts, practitioners and policy makers. Given that these lands are special ecosystems, sound management interventions are urgently needed to reverse the already negative impacts done while adapting communities to Climate change phenomenons. The need for policy that governs rangelands use, management and development is of urgency, if the attainment of Vision 2030 and SDGs of 2015 are to be realized.
For this to happen, there is need to involve all the stake holders, including development partners, ASAL county governments administration, research institutions, academic institutions and the communities in developing a sound management strategy and systems for rangelands, anchored in a well thought out policy framework. This meeting was a step initiated to solving the many challenges facing the management of rangelands and the process has began to see the completion of a sound rangeland management policy. Thanks to the support of USAID-AHADI, State Department of Livestock, in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in funding and convening the meeting.
The meeting was attended by partners from county governments of Isiolo, Marsabit, Garrissa, Turkana, Baringo, West pokot, Tana river, Tharaka Nithi and Wajir, University of Nairobi, Masinde Muliro University, Kibabii University, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, International Livestock Research Institute, Ministry of planning and special programs, World Food Programme, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), ADESO-REGAL IR and Groots Kenya. The meeting was officially opened by the Principle secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr. Andrew Tuimur, together with the Director Livestock production, State Department of Livestock Mr. Julius Kiptarus.
The workshop objectives were;
- Develop a deeper understanding of the existing national policy and legal frameworks, practices and approaches towards Climate Change Adapatation (CCA) and Disaster Risk reduction (DRR)
- Enhance understanding by national and county governments of the needs, challenges and opportunities for improving the CCA and DRR policy environment
- Make recommendations for policy actions and reforms at different levels.
The workshop outcomes were;
- Political and stakeholder buy-in including ownership of the needs, challenges and opportunities for improving policy implementation on Natural resource management (NRM), climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction attained
- Specific policy and capacity development themes and issues for improving the institutionalization of NRM, CCA and DRR identified
- A concrete roadmap for strengthening policy development and implementation and institutional capacity for NRM, climate change adaptation and enhanced disaster risk management attained