BIG DAY AS ADSW PAY A COURTESY VISIT TO H.E Governor Dr. Wilbert Ottichilo of Vihiga County.

ADSW, in partnership with CAID_Kenya, has worked with Vihiga County to achieve several milestones, including the County Climate Change Fund Act, the establishment and training of Ward and County Climate Change Planning Committees, the development of the County Environment Action Plan, and the draft County Climate Information Service Plan. Today, together with CAID_Kenya, we paid a courtesy visit to H.E Governor Dr. Wilbert Ottichilo of Vihiga County.

During the courtesy visit to H.E Governor Dr. Wilber Ottichilo, we reflected on the partnership and the results achieved through advocacy. We delved into the effectiveness and sustainability of the initiatives, identified lessons learned, gaps, and opportunities for interventions and synergy creation. The County Climate Change Fund (CCCF) Mechanism aims to position the county to tap into other sources of climate finance while devolving climate action and putting citizens at the center of decision-making on locally-led climate solutions.

The Governor informed the CA team that Vihiga County has successfully secured Kshs. 22 million from the World Bank-funded Financing Locally Led Climate Actions (FLLoCA) Program for system strengthening and preparation for the operationalization of the CCCF Mechanism.

Later, we joined other county officials in launching the School Greening Program at Ikuvu Lyavuka School. Schools in the county will participate in a greening competition, and the best school will be rewarded at the end of each evaluation in the year. Performance and evaluation will be conducted to assess the success of the program, which aims to involve primary schools in various tree planting initiatives in the county.

The excavation of goldmines has caused environmental degradation around Vihiga. Excess trees will be channeled to these mines to reclaim the land.

The headteacher, represented by Mrs. Christine, emphasized the importance of sustainability and urged all stakeholders involved to work together to ensure the success of the program.

Speaking during the launch, the Governor emphasized the importance of greening the country and encouraged members of society to join the 15Billion tree planting initiative by 2032. Each county has been given the autonomy to develop its own plan to ensure the success of this initiative.

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