NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya on Wednesday launched a $ 34 million project to cushion the effects of the drought caused by climate change and target communities in arid regions of the country.
Treasury and Environment Ministry officials said the five-year Green Climate Fund will help 620,000 people in 11 regional counties in arid and semi-arid areas and aim to restore more than 500,000 acres of rangeland.
Keriako Tobiko, the minister for the environment and forestry, said these areas make up 80% of the east African country’s landmass and are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
“These areas and communities that live in these areas are the most vulnerable. Pastoral communities, nomad communities and this program really help tackle the most deserving cases, ”Tobiko said in an online briefing at the start of the project.
According to a 2018 study by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Kenya is losing 2.0 to 2.4% of its gross domestic product annually due to the effects of climate change such as drought and floods. The study also showed that droughts cost Kenya 8% of GDP every five years.
Reporting by George Obulutsa. Adaptation by Omar Mohammed and Mark Potter