Kenya on Wednesday launched a 34 million project aimed at cushioning the effects of drought caused by climate change, targeting communities living in arid regions of the country.
Finance and environment ministry officials said the fiveyear Green Climate Fund would go towards helping 620,000 people in 11 regional counties in arid and semiarid areas and would aim to restore over 500,000 hectares of rangelands.
Keriako Tobiko, the minister for environment and forestry, said these areas account for 80 of the East African countrys land mass, and were more susceptible to the effects of climate change.
These areas and communities living in these areas are most vulnerable; pastoral communities, nomadic communities and really this programme helps to address the most deserving of cases, Tobiko told an online briefing at the projects launch.
Kenya loses 2.02.4 of its gross domestic product annually due to effects of climate change, such as drought and floods, according to a 2018 Kenya National Bureau of Statistics study. The study also showed droughts cost Kenya 8 of GDP every five years.
Reporting by George Obulutsa. Editing by Omar Mohammed and Mark Potter