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Prioritising mitigation and adaptation options as part of the development of a National Climate Change Action Plan

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Countries and regions
Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa
Action area


Case summary

Throughout 2011-12 the government of Kenya undertook a prioritisation process to identify actions to deliver its National Climate Change Response Strategy published in 2010. The process resulted in the Kenyan National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and included specific mitigation and adaptation challenges to be incorporated into the climate related policies, plans and strategies of national institutions in Kenya.

The prioritisation process within the NCCAP was aligned to national development strategies combining a long-term vision with medium-term policy goals and mechanisms. It demonstrates an effective process for incorporating assessments of climate vulnerability and mitigation potential into national development objectives in an inclusive multi-stakeholder decision-making process.

Crucial to the success of the process was the strong commitment and leadership from the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources (MEMR), comprehensive stakeholder participation, the involvement of key ministries, together with a local validation process and a transparent approach to analysis.

Planning and implementation activity
Developing Strategies and Plans, Linking with the Sustainable Development Goals, Reviewing and Enhancing Ambition
Institutions involved
  • Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources
  • Ministry of Energy
  • Ministry of Northern Kenya Development and other Arid Lands
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
  • Ministry of Livestock Development
  • Ministry of Water and Irrigation
  • Ministry of Public Health
  • Ministry of Housing
  • Kenya Roads Board
  • Ministry of Tourism
  • Ministry of Energy
  • Ministry of Planning, Threshold 21 (T21) team
  • Private sector; Kenyatta University (School of Environmental Studies)
  • Nairobi University (Meteorological Department)
  • Catholic Organisation of Relief and Development (CORDAID)
  • The World Conservation Union (IUCN)
  • Norwegian Church Aid (NCA)
  • CARE Kenya
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
Sectors and themes
Agriculture, Energy Efficiency, Industry, Transport, Urban, Waste Management
Source details
Global Good Practice Analysis (GIZ UNDP)

Results supported byUNDPWorld Resources InstituteTransparency partnership