Link Population, Reproductive Health, Gender and Climate Change Adaptation

According to the Kenya population situation analysis report, highlighted on the news on the 30th October, 2013, Kenya is facing a population explosion. There was a call to engage leaders on policy formulation, awareness programmes to enable the management of the population dynamics.

“While these are noble programme ideas, a salient aspect that links the problem of exploding population to the ever increasing risks to climate change was not appreciated in the policy formulation,” says Mr Joseph Ngondi, Coordinator, Climate Change Network, Kenya.

Speaking in Kisumu at the launch of a project aimed to link population growth and climate change, Ngondi said the truth is that the number of Kenyans living in areas susceptible to climate change is on the rise.

According to the fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released in October and which is at the centre of the ongoing 19th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland, climate change results in extreme weather events (droughts, floods, temperatures, rainfall season shifts), environmental and ecosystems degradation including disappearance of plant and animal species and water scarcity. ….Read more