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CSOs participate in climate march ahead of COP 24


The march which was organized to raise the voice on the need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius was precedent to the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 24TH Conference of the parties (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland. At the event, the DaCCA programme partners released a petition targeting the East Africa Community highlighting the urgency of the East African governments to take action towards the negative impacts of climate change that place a risk to the livelihoods of 
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DaCCA Fights Climate change through Woodlots in schools and Communities

A natural woodlot requires maintenance through selective bush clearing and protection in the early stages. The benefits of such woodlots is that selected fast-growing trees, e.g. leuceania, Grevillea robusta, acacia polyacantha, Casuarina spp., etc. are carefully planted since the land is used entirely for trees and there is little need to worry about competition with crops. A high level of wood production for domestic .....
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DaCCA Fights Climate change through Woodlots in schools and Communities

A natural woodlot requires maintenance through selective bush clearing and protection in the early stages. The benefits of such woodlots is that selected fast-growing trees, e.g. leuceania, Grevillea robusta, acacia polyacantha, Casuarina spp., etc. are carefully planted since the land is used entirely for trees and there is little need to worry about competition with crops. A high level of wood production for domestic .....
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Homabay county government gives attention to DaCCA activities on climate change adaptation

After a series of meetings on sensitizing and mobilizing community farmers to advocate for devolved funds, a community dialogue committee was established for the engagement with county government officers. This committee visited the ward administrators and county departments after they realized that the activities they are implementing were not prominently featured in the CIDP since the public participation forums in Homa Bay County were not adequately conducted.

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Ward based budget analysis sessions conducted in Kisumu and Homabay

The 35 and 40 wards of Kisumu and Homabay counties respectively, were between the16th and the 20th of July engaged in budget analysis forums by the SusWatch Kenya team. The sessions which were facilitated by members of the wards termed, sub-county representatives, took the members of their communities through the county budgets in order to analyze the allocations of funds towards different development projects within their localities. 

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DaCCA advocacy activities advancing in Kisumu and Homabay counties

In the months of May and June 2018, the Devolution and Climate Change Adaptation (DaCCA) programme in Western Kenya partners organized a series of community advocacy meetings on the importance of citizen participation in the county budget making process. The partners also conducted community visits to monitor the climate change adaptation methods and best practice models used by farmers in Kisumu and Homabay counties. In addition, the month of June, marked the global yearly celebrations of the World Environment Day.
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3,000 trees planted in Kisumu and Homabay counties

OSIENALA (Friends of Lake Victoria) is implementing a project dubbed Climate-Smart Communities’ Response project under the Devolution and Climate Change Adaptation programme implemented jointly by SusWatch Kenya, Umande Trust and CREP programme. This project has overseen the planting of over 3,000 trees in Kisumu and Homabay Counties as well as promotion of the use of fuel-efficient stoves which will help conserve the environment and reduce poverty.

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Cassava value chain receives support from the World Bank through the Kisumu County Government

Kisumu County has received funding from World Bank to support cassava farming as an adaptive measure to climate change. Cassava farming alongside sorghum and indigenous poultry farming are
 the value chains that enjoyed a comparative advantage over other enterprises/farming practices that were identified for support in Kisumu County.

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Homabay County WASH stakeholders celebrate the 2018 World Water Day

World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on 22 March.
The day focuses attention on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in developing Countries. It also lays emphasis on advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year's theme – Nature for Water – focused on how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century. Environmental damage, together with climate change, is driving the water-related crises we see around the world.

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KISUMU COUNTY ENVIRONMENT STAKEHOLDERS CELEBRATE WORLD WETLANDS DAY

The county government of Kisumu in collaboration with other stakeholders in the environment and climate change sector in the county, organized the world wetlands day in Kisumu at the Kisat wetland in Kisumu east Sub County under the global theme of “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future”.
The day kicked off with a procession at the Nyanza golf club through the Obunga -Nyawita- Migosi junction which is an area that borders the Kisat wetland.

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OSIENALA’s WASH interventions improving lives

OSIENALA (Friends of Lake Victoria), a DaCCA programme partner, has been conducting Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities that seek to save lives, prevent diseases, promote dignity, and support access to better living conditions and livelihood opportunities. The organization has achieved this through direct interventions in collaboration with Village Environmental Committees (VECs) and through partnerships with other like-minded CSOs. The mode of operation chosen by OSIENALA depends primarily on the WASH needs of the targeted beneficiaries, and the quickest and most effective way to meet these needs.

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Sustaining the momentum created on climate change advocacy in Kisumu and Homabay counties

The months of November and December 2017 saw the Devolution and Climate Change Adaptation in Western Kenya programme partners organize a series of climate change advocacy campaigns in the counties of Homabay and Kisumu. The campaigns which were guided by different themes focused on the subjects of adoption of a climate change policy in Homabay County, conservation of water sources, uptake of renewable energy technologies and sustainable dryland farming.
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On the 21st and the 24th of November, 2017,DaCCA partners – SusWatch Kenya and Umande Trust organized advocacy campaigns in Homabay County. The first campaign organized by SusWatch Kenya that went by the theme “Act now! Adapt to Climate Change” attracted over 200 participants from civil society, youth and women groups, local community members and government.
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