The Kenya National Framework for Climate Services
The Kenya Meteorological Department in collaboration with the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre is establishing the National Framework for Climate Services in Kenya.
The National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS) is an institutional mechanism to coordinate, facilitate and strengthen collaboration among national institutions to improve the co-production, tailoring, delivery and use of science-based climate predictions and services for decision-making in climate-sensitive socioeconomic sectors such as Agriculture & Livestock /Food Security, Water, Energy, Disaster Risk Reduction, Health, Aviation, among others.
The specific objectives of a NFCSs are to:
- Integrate climate information in development, planning and decision making;
- Enhance the co-production, packaging and communication of user-specific climate services;
- Enhance understanding of climate risks and vulnerability associated with climate-related hazards;
- Enhance capacity in observations and monitoring of climate systems;
- Improve provision of climate services at the national and local levels;
- Enhance the capacity of users in understanding and application of climate services;
- Enhance climate research and development
The establishment of a National Framework for Climate Services comprises five steps as outlined below: -
- Assess the baseline on climate services capacities at national level, to identify users and providers, map existing services and establish capacities.
- Organize a national consultation workshop on climate services to bring together all relevant stakeholders and identify gaps and key elements for the development of a plan of action for NFCS implementation.
- Develop a national strategic plan and costed action plan on climate services for establishment of the NFCS.
- Endorse the strategic plan and a costed action plan with timelines for NFCS implementation.
- Launch the NFCS, implement the national action plan on climate services and conduct rigorous monitoring and evaluation.
So far steps 1 and 2 have been completed. Subsequent to the successful conclusion of the baseline assessment in March 2021, whose objective was to identify users and providers of weather and climate services, map existing services and capacities; a national consultative workshop on the establishment of the National Framework for Climate Services in Kenya encompassing all key stakeholders was held on April 21 and 22, 2021.
The hybrid workshop (virtual and physical owing to COVID19 restrictions) was interactive and participatory encouraging interactions executed through focus group discussions and presentations between producers and various categories of weather and climate information users.
The Department will continue to provide regular updates on the process.