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County, Ministry partner to mitigate climate change effects
The County Government of Nakuru in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and other stakeholders in the environment and climate change sector have launched the Measurement, Reporting and Verification System (MRV) to help mitigate the threats posed by climate change in the country.
The MRV system was developed by the Green Belt Movement in partnership with the International Climate Change Initiative and the Earth Innovation Institute. It assesses and quantifies the county’s carbon emissions right from the village level and provides an information basis for planning and implementing actions to combat climate change.
The MRV system was piloted in Dundori in Nakuru County and Kipsamoite in Nandi County.
“We are glad to know that the system is fully developed. Once it is implemented at the grass-root level, we shall be able to enhance climate change adaptation and mitigation plans and improve our reporting at the national level.” said the C.O for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Kiogora Muriithi during the launch.
He also mentioned that the County Government of Nakuru is in the process of setting up a Climate Change Policy and Plan to anchor issues to do with the environment, energy and climate change.
The new system comes at a time when Kenya needs to collect significant amounts of accurate data on the activities that cause greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; this data was initially derived from estimates.
According to the Head of Directorate of Forest Conservation, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the system will greatly contribute to the national MRV System already in place in measuring performance in dealing with climate change more accurately.
“This MRV system will not only report to us internally but will also inform discussions we have at the global level.” He added.