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Lack of funds frustrates formulation of Nap

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The government has admitted that the challenge of lack of resources is delaying the task of completing development of the climate change National Adaptation Plan (Nap) which is scheduled to be finalised by December this year.

Chief Environmental Officer in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Evance Njerwa said, among other factors, the excercise needs about $500,000 (approximately K366 million).

“We have the road map right now; we have some copies that we targeted to finish by the end of the year 2017. We have also done the Nap stock taking report. But to implement the road map only, which includes doing vulnerability assessment, climate projections and trainings, we need $500,000 which we, as government, do not have,” Njerwa said.

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Njerwa said the government is hoping to raise such funds from development partners, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Green Climate fund.

“We will also submit a proposal to the fund. Each country is allowed to access $3 million (K2 billion) just for the formulation of the fund. We may miss the December 2017 deadline but hopefully, within two or three months ahead, we will have to finish the process,” he said

The development comes as pressure is mounting from the CSOs on environment and climate change, who want the government to complete the process within the time frame.

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CSOs Network on Climate Change National Coordinator Julius Ngóma said it is significant for government to speed up the process for the country to respond better to climate change.

“There are four steps that are designated for Nap to be completed. By the end of 2016, the government had only completed one step. We are urging government to make sure that we have the framework that we can look up to [in order to] know how best we can adapt to the impact of climate change in the country,” he said

The process of developing Nap was launched in 2014

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