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that this was evident from the fact that some quarters have been calling for the revising of the 1999 Environment, Management and Coordination Act to serve as a solution to climate change.
The new 2014 bill will establish a climate change fund to facilitate climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Kioli said that the country first tangible commitment to combating climate change was in the December 2009 promulgation of the NCCRS a plan that would ensure robust measures were put in place to combat climate change.
"The amendments will be tabled in parliament in a report together with the bill for discussion once parliament resumes from recess this month [June]. The pace is good since both the national policy on climate change and the 2014 bill are been developed concurrently," Laboso said.
"Tea is very sensitive to climate change. Any drastic weather changes spell doom for the cash crop. In recent years, I have made more losses than gains," he told IPS.
Although Kioli said that in as far as legislation was concerned the country is heading in the right direction. He pointed out thatchallenges abound particularly Air Max Roshe Red when it comes to "the lack of understanding on the difference between environment and climate change."
Although a policy is not enacted by the national assembly and therefore not legally binding, it is an important framework implemented through an act. And the National Climate Change Action Plan highlighted the need to have a policy and law specifically on climate change.
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Climate change experts say that though significant, NCCRS is just a plan of action. It is neither a national policy nor law.
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Government estimates show that the country five year National Climate Change Action Plan will require a substantial investment of about 12.76 billion dollars. This is equivalent to the current 2013 to 2014 national budget. The action plan is a blueprint on how to operationalise Kenya National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS).
Kenya farmers particularly small scale farmers face uncertain times due to extreme climate conditions as the country main sources of water are producing less than they did in the past. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPS
Climate Change Legislation Takes Shape To Save Struggling Farmers
But Kenya National Assembly deputy speaker Joyce Laboso told IPS that while the 2012 bill was rejected because of a lack of public involvement in its discussion, "the new Climate Change Bill 2014 has garnered significant political goodwill."
farmers are affected, says the Ministry of Agriculture.
Once it becomes law, the bill will also advise national and county governments on regional and international conventions, and treaties and agreements on climate change to which Kenya is a party or should be a party to. The bill will also facilitate their implementation.
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The 2014 bill is expected to provide a legal and institutional framework for climate change mitigation and adaption efforts.
But statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture show that Njau is only one of an estimated 500,000 small scale tea farmers facing uncertainty when it comes to their livelihoods.
Meanwhile, Laboso said that the Environment and Natural Resources Committee together with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources have been meeting various stakeholders, including senators and members of the county assembly, to iron out any contentious issues and to make relevant amendments to the Climate Change Bill 2014.
and law on climate change in this East African nation.
When it comes to a climate change policy, Kenya legal framework is sectoral and fragmented, with each sector containing its own legislation.
"We carried out research on the effects of climate change on various sectors, including agriculture, and concluded that there were significant legislative gaps," Kioli pointed out.
Daniel Njau, a small scale farmer from Nyeri County, central Kenya, is torn. He just may have to give up his six hectare tea plantation in favour of farming climate resilient food crops.
United Nations scientists have alsowarned that as maize growing areas become warmer, production of maize the country main staple crop will reduce by a fifth. Yields of other staple foods, including beans, will shrink by 68 percent.
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