The International Center for Humanitarian Affairs (ICHA)’s Sarah Nduku- Policy and Advocacy Manager, and Peter Murgor- Cash and Voucher Assistance Manager, gave opening remarks and updates on the drought Early Action Protocols (EAP) during the Development of the Anticipatory Action Roadmap focused meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. The four-day meeting brought together various stakeholders like Kenya Red Cross, World Food Programme, Welthungerhilfe, Save the Children, ICPAC, The National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC) of Kenya, The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), Kenya Meteorological Department for high-level collaborative discussions on Anticipatory Actions.
The purpose of the meeting was to map the stakeholders working on anticipatory action in Kenya. It was also intended to showcase the products and services developed to support Anticipatory Action and to discuss how to enhance the linkage between the county and national-level procedures that support anticipatory action.
On day two, the stakeholders gave presentations on their experiences, priority areas, gaps, and opportunities identified in their Anticipatory Actions. On the third day, they discussed data’s importance in generating evidence for early action interventions. On the final day, they had group discussions and presentations on the roles & responsibilities of different critical stakeholders on resource mobilization and the importance of strengthening coordination and institutional arrangements on Anticipatory Action. They also identified various agencies responsible for implementing proposed priority interventions on anticipatory actions and triggers.
A team consisting of some of the attending stakeholders will be formed to review the resolutions of the meeting and establish a high-level Anticipatory Action Roadmap which will be documented and used in Kenya for climate change interventions.
The anticipatory action approach is a practical way to minimize and avert the loss and damage caused by climate change.
In Kenya, the frequency and intensity of droughts and floods have weakened communities’ coping capacities and resilience and have increased their vulnerability, accounting for over 70% of disaster impacts. Kenya is ranked 152 out of 181 countries globally of countries most vulnerable to climate change and readiness to improve resilience.