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UK-Kenya partnership advances sustainable energy planning in Makueni County

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The UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (UK PACT) team has embarked on a 2-day visit to Makueni County, showcasing the burgeoning partnership between the UK and the Makueni County Government in advancing sustainable energy planning and nature-based solutions to combat climate change.

Accompanied by Makueni County officials for Energy & Environment, the UK PACT team toured Makueni County Referral Hospital, witnessing the installation of solar panels.

These panels, a joint effort between the UK and the County Government, are set to provide the hospital with 100 per cent solar power reliance.

With a solar capacity of 200 kilowatts peak load, the project is projected to save the hospital approximately Ksh 7 million annually in power costs.

Governor of Makueni, Mutula Kilonzo Junior, expressed his satisfaction with hosting the UK PACT team, highlighting the county’s dedication to renewable energy and nature-based solutions for ecosystem restoration.

He emphasized the integration of green energy into the County Energy Plan, with plans underway to establish a cutting-edge County Energy Center in Kisingo to serve both the county and the nation.

Daniel Wilcox, the Economic Counsellor at the British High Commission, underscored the potential of conservation efforts as catalysts for economic growth.

He reiterated the UK’s commitment to collaborating with Kenya to address environmental and climate change challenges, particularly in counties like Makueni.

He commended Makueni County’s establishment of an Energy Department and active engagement in sensitization workshops, crucial for the successful implementation of County Energy Plans.

During the visit, the UK PACT team and county officials interacted with farmers serving as Trainers-of-Trainers (ToTs) on forest and land restoration.

They observed various interventions contributing to improved livelihoods, such as water conservation measures like water channelling to farm ponds and the use of shade nets to minimize water loss through evaporation.

They also met tree nursery workers facilitating community tree-planting initiatives.

Through a project led by ICRAF on exploring nature-based solutions to adaptation, lead farmers have trained 775 others in the county, ensuring equitable gender participation and benefits.

Over 1000 beneficiaries have received training on forest and land restoration, demonstrating the tangible impact of collaborative efforts in addressing climate change at the grassroots level.

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