The Kisumu County Climate Change Policy provides a framework
for addressing the issues that Kisumu face or will face in future due
to the changing climate. The National Climate Change Response
Strategy (2010), National Climate Change Action Plan (2013-2017) and
the National Climate Change Act of 2016, the Sessional paper No. 3
of 2016 on Climate Change Framework Policy 2018, Nationally
Determined Contribution, National Adaptation Plan (2015-2030),
Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (2016-2030),
National long-term Vision 2030 and its third Medium Term Plan
presently anchored in the President’s “Big Four Agenda” and its
implementation arrangements as well as the Kenya Constitution 2010 have
all been used as building blocks for preparation of this policy.
Furthermore, extensive consultations with stakeholders including
sectoral heads at the County, communities in every sub-county and civil
society provided valuable inputs to this policy document.
In view of Kisumu’s high vulnerability to adverse impacts of climate
change, in particular extreme events, adaptation efforts are the main focus
of this policy document while not forgetting the need for mitigation. The
vulnerabilities of various sectors to climate change have been highlighted
and appropriate adaptation measures spelled out. These cover policy
actions addressing sectors such as water resources, agriculture, forestry,
biodiversity and various vulnerable ecosystems.