Empowering Women and Youth on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
The East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) and the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) through the High Commission of Canada to Kenya are working together on an initiative aimed at improving the capacity of women and the youth to tackle the effects of climate change through forestry and in particular agroforestry.
The initiative dubbed “Addressing climate change for improved economic empowerment of youth and women through forestry and agroforestry” is being implemented in Makueni County with funding from the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives.
The six-month project, which started in September 2016, seeks to build the capacity of women, youth, vulnerable and marginalized people by sharing information on the role of forestry and agroforestry in climate change mitigation and adaptation.
A team from the Kenya Forests Working Group (KFWG), a subcommittee of EAWLS, held climate change mitigation and adaptation trainings for local communities. The training targeted over 100 participants and was aimed at building the capacity of residents of Makueni, particularly women and youth, by imparting skills on climate change mitigation and adaptation planning.
The training was conducted with the use of a detailed training module that helped participants to understand climate change, its impact, the greenhouse effect and global warming. Participants were encouraged to talk about their understanding of climate change and local coping strategies.
The bottom-up approach method is designed to enable the community to understand adaptation planning while integrating modern and their indigenous knowledge. Furthermore, the knowledge garnered from participants will help them to influence decision making at the county level and ensure the integration of the locally developed strategies into the County Integrated Development Plans.