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Joto Afrika is a series of printed briefings and online resources about adapting to climate change in sub- Saharan Africa. The series helps people understand the issues, constrains and opportunities that poor people face in adapting to climate change and escaping poverty. The series are produced in both English and French.

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Issue 18 - Youth and Climate Change

Climate Change remains one of the greatest threats to civilization today. Its impacts continue to threaten lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable groups living in the global south. It is in enabling transition to community level actions that we see a clear role for youth in Kenya. Considering that close to 50% of the Sub-Saharan population is under the age of 30 years and given the high levels of unemployment in the region, youth remain particularly vulnerable to climate threats and the impacts thereof.

This edition seeks to look into the role and involvement of youth in addressing climate change and further, highlight opportunities that need to be leveraged to consolidate ongoing engagements and build to scale successful youth led interventions. Most evident, is the leading role youth in Kenya have played in championing for climate justice in global climate negotiations, their proven actions in conservation, afforestation, green energy and smart agriculture. Of significance are their recent pilot actions to secure domestication of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) in specific counties in Kenya.

Issue 17  -Green Growth: An Overview of the Framework for Development

As a concept, green growth advocates for complimenting actions between how we utilize our natural resources and our daily development endeavors. Furthermore, green growth orients policy and associated subsequent actions in regard to climate change issues. At national level, an assessment report on green growth done in 2014 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) concludes that Kenya is already implementing various green economy initiatives. The fundamental challenge is to mainstream and align green economy activities across the social, economic and environmental spheres of society. This requires an integrated approach through the development of a strategy that identifies the costs, opportunities, tradeoffs and range of policy instruments that support the transition to a green economy.

It is commendable that research has led to various innovations and technologies in the energy, water, agriculture sectors and value-chain supply as illustrated by articles in this issue of Joto Afrika.

Issue 16 –Kenya is taking bold steps to combat climate change

Climate change describes larger than normal variability in weather and climate parameters, especially rainfall and temperature. The cause of climate change has been debated by critics. But the time for debate is long past. Unless we act more proactively, hundreds of millions of people will face more drought, more floods, more hunger and more conflict. That is why Kenya is not waiting. Kenya is taking bold adaptation and mitigation actions to combat the impacts of climate change.

This special issue of Joto Afrika is supported by the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities (MENRRDA). It outlines key initiatives the Ministry and its partners have undertaken in realizing a low emission and climate resilient development pathway. The articles give a better understanding of the constrains and opportunities that people face in adapting to climate change and escaping poverty.

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