Stakeholders’ perspectives on climate change adaptation integration into Machakos County development planning

  • K. K. Kinusu University of Nairobi, Kenya Biogas Program, Hivos Foundation
  • W. Ogara University of Nairobi, Kenya Biogas Program, Hivos Foundation
  • J. M. Mwende University of Nairobi, Kenya Biogas Program, Hivos Foundation

Abstract

The counties in Kenya employ national and local policies to track climate change adaptation. The study aimed to analyze stakeholder perceptions of climate change adaptation initiatives in Machakos County. The study used a mixed-method approach combining quantitative and qualitative data collected from 384 households, 100 community-based organization leaders in focus group discussions, and 13 County department directors purposively selected as key informants. The study compared and evaluated outcomes using triangulation. The findings brought out the stakeholder perspectives on planning and resources for climate change adaptation; 13% of the organizations interviewed agree that community priorities are included in annual budgets, while 47% of the community said the County plan did not fit their preferences. In addition, 62% of community-based organizations and 80% of County directors claimed practical experience in climate resilience planning. Community organizations and County governments identified lack of information sharing and communication on climate change adaptation as a gap in integrating climate change adaptation. In collaboration with community-based organizations (CBOs), their interaction rate with the County government, as supported by 79%, was twice over the last three years. The study findings show a moderate (r=0.473) positive correlation between project design and climate change (CC) resilience and a positive correlation between climate change knowledge and climate resilience scores (r= 0.752). There was also
a positive correlation between climate change knowledge score and project design and management score. For meaningful transformation and execution, the various County departmental heads must bridge the climate change adaptation and knowledge gap. Investment in training for community organizations and County officials is vital in implementing planned actions. County governments should put procedures to improve access to climate change information and capacity building for communities, County executives, and technical officers.

Published
2022-06-03
How to Cite
Kinusu, K. K., Ogara, W., & Mwende, J. M. (2022). Stakeholders’ perspectives on climate change adaptation integration into Machakos County development planning. East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal, 85(1-4), 11. Retrieved from https://www.kalro.org/www.eaafj.or.ke/index.php/path/article/view/528