Kenya’s economy is highly dependent on its natural resource base. This makes our country highly vulnerable to climate change, and threatens our Vision 2030 goal of creating a globally competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life. Addressing climate change requires that we transform our economy by integrating climate change into development policies and actions across multiple sectors. This will lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce our vulnerability to climate shocks and deliver poverty reduction gains because taking action to adapt to and mitigate climate change is in our national interest.
Globally, Kenya is a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement. Over the past five years, considerable efforts have been made to integrate climate change considerations into the country’s policies and programmes, including the Climate Change Act, 2016 that provides for a regulatory framework for an enhanced response to climate change and provides for mechanisms and measures to achieve low carbon climate resilient development.
The National Climate Change Response Strategy and its associated National Climate Change Action Plan lay the groundwork for Kenya’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement.