The county government of Trans Nzoia is banking on a new legislation by the area county assembly to harness resources towards boosting climate conservation efforts in the region.
The county’s environment CEC Andrew Musungu said the Trans Nzoia County Climate Change Fund Act 2021 will facilitate financing for Change Adaptation and Mitigation projects and for connected purposes.
“We are optimistic that this legal framework will enable us to acquire extra finances that will go towards funding environmental upgrading conservation activities across the county,” Mr. Musungu spoke in an interview.
The Fund shall be used in climate change projects, programs and activities, including those required under the Climate Change Act 2016 and those provided for in the Climate Finance Framework established under this Act.
“One of the major plans in the pipeline is the beautification programme of Kitale town and the rehabilitation of rivers by planting tree seedlings along the river banks to mitigate effects of soil erosion,” he said.
The chief officer in the docket John Meng’wa said there are plans to sensitize residents living alongside the two water towers in the region to desist from destroying the ecosystem to avert effects of climate change
“The two water towers have been faced with massive degradation owing to human activities that include settlement. Our goal is to rehabilitate them since the two are very critical in the rainfall patterns in this region,” said Mr. Meng’wa.
The world commemorated Earth Day on April 22. The day is geared towards pledging support for environmental protection with this year’s theme being ‘Restore Our Earth’.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for commitment to restoring the planet, and to making peace with nature, in his message to mark the day.
Earth Day was first observed in 1970, when 20 million took to the streets to protest against environmental degradation. The event was triggered by the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, as well as other issues such as smog and polluted rivers.