CoG Wants Political Parties Include Matters Climate Change In Their Manifestos

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By Reuben Olita

The Council of Governors(CoG) has urged political parties to include issues of adaptation and mitigation to climate change in their party and election manifestos.

In a communique read by the CoG vice chairman, James Ongwae on the last day of the 7th annual and final Devolution Conference at Wote in Makueni County, the CoG said the war on adverse effects of climate can be won with concerted efforts of all stakeholders.

Stakeholders want the Senate to set up a Senate Climate Action Committee in charge of climate change affairs.

County Governments shall in the next one year, fast-track the passage of the County Tourism laws to support Counties to develop a legal framework for Counties to take charge of museums, historical and cultural tourist attraction sites.

County Governments were mandated to diversify tourism attractions, promote and encourage domestic tourism and build unique tourism brand identity.

Both levels of government shall, in the next budget cycle, increase investments
in health disaster management through stepping up preventive health, planning and risk reduction in an innovative and
integrated approach.

Both county and national governments to integrate and mainstream gender responsive and inclusive climate action policies, legislation, strategies and initiatives.

The two levels of governments shall develop and review regulations and
standards to provide an enabling environment for investment in
renewable energy including clean cooking and e-mobility for sustainable and
affordable utilization of energy.

Both levels of government shall also work with the private sector to ease the cost of doing business to stimulate economic growth.

Both levels of government to also ensure that 10 million Kenyans are vaccinated by December 2021 and an additional 30 million by December 2022.

The need to provide an enabling environment for embracing innovation and research as a preparedness measure against future disasters resulting from climate change and other causes also was emphasised.

The National Government, in collaboration with County Governments and other stakeholders shall review the National Oceans and Fisheries Policy of 2008 to conform to the constitution and devolution.

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