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Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Preparedness in Kenya

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Africa has contributed very little to global warming, but it will be affected severely by climate change. While the continent has a role to play in the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, Africa’s major focus is on issues of adaptation. In order to address the challenges of adaptation to climate change, African countries need substantial financial resources. This study gives an overview about Kenya’s efforts to address the challenges of adaptation to climate change so far. It provides information on existing policies and maps institutions and main actors in a rapidly emerging policy area influenced by a wide array of actors and interests.The study constitutes a snapshot into the state of adaptation preparedness in East Africa, as at mid-2010. It shows what Kenya has already achieved in this regard. But it also identifies “loose ends” and problems, many of which are similar and related to issues encountered in governance and development policy debates more generally.