By BONIFACE MULU
The vulnerability to the climate change is the degree of exposure where a community of a locality is to the impacts of the climate change.
The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) Project Officer, Collins Oduor, added that the risk on the other hand is a potential cause of the vulnerability to a community as far as climate change is concerned.
“If not managed, risks grow to hazards and disasters,” he said. He was lecturing the participants during a one-day ecosystem based adaptation training seminar organised by the PACJA in partnership with the Kitui County Environment and Natural Resources Ministry at the Kitui Agricultural Training Centre on Thursday, November 7, 2019.
The participants were from Kitui County. The expert said the vulnerabilities and risks to the ecosystem under the changing climate majarly looked at as the cumulative impacts of climate crisis.
“They may include but not limited to the landslides, floods, droughts, conflicts and community, food insecurity and loss of livelihoods,” the expert added.
He said the natural ecosystems provide a wide range of goods and services including resources such as water, soil, forests and fisheries.
Healthy ecosystems and their services provide opportunities for sustainable economic prosperity while at the same time providing defence against the negative effects of climate change, he added.
“The ecosystem based adaptation is about promoting the resilience of both ecosystems and societies among other principles of the ecosystem based adaptation,” the PACJA official said. And on his part, Jacob Munoru said that the PACJA works for the environmental and climate justice for all people in Africa.
The alliance was founded in 2008 and its headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya. “There are no soil erosions in forests. The soil erosions are when you cause disturbances,” Munoru, who is also the PACJA Project Officer said.
He added that the climate change is real. “Remember that what we are trying to do is to minimise the human-caused climate changes.
There are some climate changes that are natural,” the expert added. And on her part, the Anglican Development Services Eastern (ADSE) Programme Officer, Lydia Muithya, said that they (the non-governmental organisation) have been working with the Kitui County government since 2013.
“We are happy for learning that the county government uses two per cent of its annual budget for the climate change issues in the county,” the ADSE official said. The ADSE operates in Kitui, Garissa, Machakos and Makueni Counties.
Muithya said they are able to work with the stakeholders in Kitui County including the County Environment and Natural Resources Ministry. “We as a church are creating awareness on the climate change and we need to conserve the environment,” the NGO official said. “We are promoting the real trainings on the climate change,” she said.
In his speech, the Kitui County Environment and Climate Change Director Fredrick Kimwilu said that in everything we do we must put the climate change in consideration.
“As a ministry, we are happy with our partners including the PACJA, the ADSE and the Caritas for supporting us in giving climate change skills and knowledge to the implementers in the county,” Kimwilu said. The director had been accompanied by some officials from his office including the County Assistant Environment Director Dominic Mutisya Mumbu who also addressed the occasion.