Kenya is a regional leader in its commitment to address climate change. Its National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP 2013-2017) outlines a low emission, climate resilient development pathway that supports Kenya’s economic and social development goals.
Through the EC-LEDS program, the United States is directly supporting Kenya to strengthen national climate change coordination, enhance access to clean energy and efficient energy systems, support the development of a national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory system, and facilitate improved national and county decision-making on climate change interventions.
Accomplishments and Progress
Promoting Sustainable Land Use. U.S. forestry experts helped draft a Community Land Bill to protect fragile ecosystems—such as dryland forests and arid and semi-arid rangelands—which have been degraded and burned by the expansion of settlements, agriculture, and livestock in communities across Kenya. Enactment of the bill will enhance land-tenure security and improve the management of degraded communal lands, which will have long-term effects on reducing Kenya’s GHG emissions. - Ongoing
Assessing Clean Energy Potential. U.S. energy experts are developing a Geospatial Toolkit for Kenya, an interactive map of renewable energy resource data. The toolkit will facilitate assessments and integrated renewable energy planning to support rural electrification and renewable energy actions identified in the NCCAP. - Ongoing
Supporting Wind Power. Through the Power Africa program, U.S. and Kenyan energy experts are addressing the grid integration challenges of Kenya’s nascent wind power industry. This partnership will undertake a renewable energy integration study, an operational gap analysis of Kenya’s existing grid, and the revision of Kenya’s Grid Code to increase the scale and reliability of wind power in Kenya. - Ongoing
- Benefits of Low Emission Development Strategies: The Case of Kenya's Lake Turkana Wind Power Project
Organizations and Programs
- U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – Kenya
- U.S. Department of State – Kenya
- Africa Low Emission Development Strategies Partnership
- USAID Power Africa
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