Implementing the National Climate Change Action Plan

Project description

Title: NDC Assist, Contributing to the NDC Partnership
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Kenya
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Environment and Forestry
Overall term: 2014 to 2020


Kenya’s Climate Change Act 2016 established a Climate Change Council headed by the President to guide the mainstreaming of climate action at national and county governments. The act also established a Climate Change Directorate (CCD) to coordinate implementation of the climate action.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MEF) is required to prepare a National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) as the instrument for implementation of climate action. The first NCCAP (2013-2017) was published in 2013. The second NCCAP (2018-2022) has been developed and reviewed by a multi stakeholder consultation process.

For a successful implementation of the NCCAP, a coordinated and coherent planning process with active participation of line ministries is crucial for the mainstreaming of mitigation and adaptation measures. Under the framework of the NDC Nationally Determined Contribution Partnership (NDCP), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the government’s coordination for NCCAP implementation, which was also listed in the support request submitted by the Government to the NDC Partnership Support Unit in October 2017.

Kenya joined the NDCP in April 2017 and submitted a detailed request for support in July 2017. Consequently, the German Government was named as an In-Country facilitator to serve as the NDC Partnership’s national-level interface and operate as a liaison between the country and the NDC Partnership. The measure supports NDCP facilitation in Kenya with the objective to catalyse and accelerate the NDCP process and plan for an exit strategy by the end of 2019.


The government coordination for NCCAP implementation, documentation and experience sharing on horizontal and vertical mainstreaming with the CCD, NDCP and other stakeholders has been strengthened.


A series of meetings and stakeholder workshops are envisioned to ensure a whole of government approach for transformative change. Facilitation support also includes a gender sensitive approach through all activities. An exit strategy will be developed to make sure that the NDCP process is enhanced through the GIZ portfolio or handed over to another Implementing Partner (IP).

Two components constitute this support:

Component 1: Strengthening coordination for NCCAP implementation
Key activities:

  • Support towards institutionalisation of the Joint Sector Working Group for Climate Change.
  • Mapping of ongoing climate change projects to identify gaps, minimise duplication and leverage on existing synergies
  • Support for horizontal and vertical coordination for mainstreaming and tracking progress on implementation of NCCAP through climate action reporting

Component 2: Catalysing support under the NDCP and institutionalising the NDCP process in Kenya 
Key activities:

  • Supporting Kenya in the facilitation of the NDCP process, e.g. by mobilising financial support for NCCAP implementation 
  • Analysis of a German portfolio for integration of NDC implementation support in ongoing projects 
  • Developing an exit-strategy by handing over the process to the partner or an Implementing Partner in 2020.

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