Applying PVCA Approach In Building Community Based Climate Change Resilience, Adaptation And Mitigation In Makueni County
Makueni County conducted a participatory vulnerability capacity assessment (PVCA) of disaster and climate change risks in 20 out of 30 wards and came up with the top four hazards that they had to mitigate — drought, human diseases, crop diseases and livestock diseases. For project ownership and sustainability, the County Government involved the community in PVCA training, action plan development and PVCA report validation. The action plans included priority interventions for each ward which were implemented and sustained through Ward Climate Change Planning Committees elected by the community.
Outcomes included enlightened community members on climate change mitigation and adaptation, who then made informed decisions when prioritising projects even during the larger county budget public participation forums. The community also used the same information to consider other projects other than those on climate change.
Inclusion of youth, women and people living with disabilities (PWDs) in the training and the Ward Climate Change Planning Committees helped in addressing gender parity and inclusivity. The PVCA training helped disseminate climate change knowledge to the community members. Inclusion of other stakeholders in the training such as ward water officers, agriculture and health officers helped in data collection for the PVCA report and development of a well-advised/informed action plan addressing issues cropping up from all sectors.
The remaining 10 wards will also undertake the PVCA process.