African subnational governments have evidence-based plans and projects to accelerate climate action, but significantly increased funding is needed to implement these at scale. An unprecedented number of subnational government leaders present at the Africa Climate Week and Summit, held from the 4th to the 8th of September in Nairobi, Kenya called for the mandatory inclusion of subnational governments in the preparation of the next phase of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by 2025, re-emphasising the critical importance of multilevel governance in tackling the climate crisis.Read more
Clean energy is a significant concern for both Mombasa and Nakuru counties in Kenya, requiring joint efforts for effective solutions. In recognition of this, the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA)’s co-implementing partner, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), organised a city-to-city exchange between these counties in September. This discussion enabled county governments to share experiences on Urban Smart Energy (USE), renewable energy, climate change and energy efficiency projects.Read more
We, the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) Regional Mayors Forum (RMF) - Governors and Mayors representing the voices of over 350 cities in sub-Saharan Africa, with a total population exceeding 150 million people - make the following Declaration at the Africa Climate Summit and the Africa Climate Week 2023 in Nairobi, KenyaRead more
Cities in Cameroon and Kenya have taken remarkable strides toward securing a sustainable energy future by formally signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) in June and August 2023, respectively. These formal agreements outline the terms of cooperation between the cities and CoM SSA's partner, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), to establish a collaborative framework for exploring alternative energy sources through the Urban Smart Energy (USE) process and focusing on nature-based solutions (NbS) for climate adaptation.Read more
City-to-city exchanges are an important component of the work of the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) network, where local governments can share knowledge amongst one another on the processes, challenges and opportunities faced during the development and implementation of climate action.Read more
We, the Covenant of Mayors in Sub Saharan Africa Regional Mayors Forum, representing the voices of over 320 cities in sub-Saharan Africa, with a total population exceeding 150 million people, and building off the Dakar Declaration, make the following statement here at COP27:Read more
Developing a Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP) is a critical step on the journey to unlocking climate finance and accelerating climate action. However, recent data from the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) shows it will cost millions to implement climate action plans. Thus, cities need to become innovative to access all the finance they need to implement their projects.Read more
The Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa participated in the Africities Summit 9 by hosting several sessions including a high level opening plenary to mobilise and expand the CoM SSA network and officially launch the Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans (SEACAP) of two signatory cities. CoM SSA used the Summit as an opportunity to bring together the newly-elected CoM SSA Regional Mayors Forum for their inaugural meeting. Nine mayors representing the four regions of Sub-Saharan Africa took part in a closed session where the chairperson, Mayor of Kloto I (Togo) was elected.Read more
Leaders and technical experts from six local governments discussed their climate action plans during a CoM SSA session at Africities. These cities have already completed, or are near completing, robust Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans and are motivated to implement on-the-ground change.Read more
“This plan will not merely be shelved. It will be used as daily guidance for the grassroots actions needed to achieve Nakuru County’s climate change and sustainable energy vision”, said Erick Korir, Deputy Governor at the launch event on 15-16 February 2022.Read more
The first step to reduce future urban greenhouse emissions is to understand what cities are currently emitting and where these emissions are coming from. But how can this be done in cities where data are limited? The proxy data tool developed as part of CoM SSA might be just what cities need.Read more
To discuss the CoM SSA initiative’s successes and challenges, a one-hour online panel discussion was organised on 27 October in the framework of GIZ’s Urban October event. The session brought together a range of speakers to discuss how they have benefited or supported horizontal and vertical dialogues among cities in Africa.Read more
CoM SSA signatories exchanged on how they are using the development process of their Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plans (SEACAPs) to not only address issues of climate change and lack of access to sustainable energy, but also to inform the public about them.Read more
“So far, most climate change initiatives have been top-down. However, this county is looking at a bottom-up approach; the pyramid is inverted to put the people who are suffering from the effects of climate change at the center.” - Mr. Kiogora Murithi of the County Government of NakuruRead more
Terms of Reference for a professional photographer/videographer to take high-quality photo and video footage for four CoM SSA signatory local governments. Bids due: 25 August 2021.Read more
The Proxy Data Tool allows local governments to develop a Greenhouse Gas inventory in just a few hours and without the extensive data collection exercise, capacity and resources usually required. It will help bridge the data gap evident across Sub-Saharan Africa.Read more
The signing of the Nakuru County Climate Change Act, 2020 establishes the County Climate Change Fund, a pioneering financial mechanism that makes addressing climate change a legal requirement.Read more
ICLEI Africa is working with GIZ to support Nakuru County, Kenya, under the Covenant of Mayors in Sub Saharan Africa (CoM SSA) initiative to develop their Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP).Read more
CoM SSA signatories recently met online to share their successes and challenges in collecting data for their SEACAPs. Traditional knowledge and engagement with national government were highlighted as key considerations to compiling useful, robust data sets.Read more
Nakuru County, in cooperation with CoM SSA, is moving forward in its response to climate change by mainstreaming it in local sectors to address cross-cutting aspects of climate change mitigation, adaptation, and energy access.Read more
Building sustainable African cities during and after a pandemic
Emergent needs and vulnerabilities, cross-cutting themes and the complexities surrounding decision-making argue for new kinds of communication techniques and new models for engagement.Read more
Nakuru County is located in the renowned Rift Valley region, known for its national parks, lakes and forest. Its densely populated capital – Nakuru Town – was recently given ‘City’ status and is now Kenya’s fourth city.
Business in Nakuru County are already feeling the impact of climate change and limited access to energy, from profit losses due to decreasing crop yields to difficulties to access markets during floods.
While Nakuru is already taking climate action at the county level, its citizens can also help it become greener, healthier and more resilient to climate change. Some steps include rethinking travel habits, keeping the county clean, saving energy where possible, switching to clean cooking, and staying protected from climate hazards and extreme weather.
Even though Nakuru County is a hazard-secure area, several hazards have an impact on the County (including droughts, floods and rainstorms), which makes it vulnerable to the impact of climate change.
In 2021, 64% of the households in Nakuru County had access to electricity. By 2027, the County aims to provide electricity to all households and increase energy efficiency by providing temporary subsidies, mapping areas for grid extension and promoting uptake of solar home systems and solar lanterns, among other measures.
Without climate action, Nakuru County’s emissions will likely increase by 65% in the next decade. By 2030, Nakuru aims to reduce its projected emissions by 33%, a target equal to removing 450,000 cars and motorcycles from the road.
Local governments in Sub-Saharan Africa are key actors in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Therefore, Nakuru (Kenya) has developed a Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP) to define the strategies, plans and actions that the County is taking towards sustainable development and lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.