Changing climatic patterns need all of us to intervene, Nyamira Governor tells residents.

In a bid to combat adverse climatic changes across the county and in Nyamira, the County Government of Nyamira is in the process of promoting the substitution of eucalyptus tree species with indigenous species as a continuous exercise under rehabilitation of riparian zones. 
In the promotion, eucalyptus tree species will eventually be cleared along riparian corridor in the remaining zones and consequently replaced with indigenous ones such as bamboo.
“Nyamira County has faced adverse impacts due to Climate Change. These impacts have also affected economic development and continuously threaten the realization of our county strategic goals,” said the County Governor H.E Amos Nyaribo in an interview.
 He added that these adverse changes on the climate also impair the realization of Kenya’s Vision 2030 goals of creating a competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life. 
“Nyamira County’s economy is highly dependent on natural resources, meaning that recurring negative climate change impacts such as droughts, erratic rainfall patterns and floods will continue to negatively impact livelihoods and community assets,” he added.
The Nyamira County Climate Change Policy, 2020 was approved and assented to in October 2020. Climate Change Bill, Climate Change Action Plan, Climate change Adaptation Plan, Climate Change Finance Policy and Climate Change Fund Regulations are at cabinet awaiting approval. 
The governor noted that the County has installed over 900 solar streetlights so far and intends to install more to those areas that are not covered.
“We have supplied over 600 households with home solar lighting and intend to supply more to the poor,” said governor Nyaribo adding that the greening of schools programme has seen over 500,000 assorted tree seedlings supplied to schools across the county and that more schools will be supplied with seedlings.
The governor added that currently, there are more than 5,800 seedlings of different species currently in the departmental nursery and the county intends to establish one nursery per Sub County. 
In biogas production, the county governor said that his government intends to subsidize the biogas production whereby so far, over 50 households are using biogas energy for cooking and lighting. The department of Agriculture has been spearheading the biogas technology.
Many schools and individual homes have benefitted from energy saving jikos’ technology. All residents are encouraged to shift to energy saving jikos so as to save on firewood and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
“Smart agriculture technology such as contour planting and agro forestry have been advocated for by field extension officers whereby they have been encouraging farmers to practice smart agriculture through public sensitization for a. More farmers will be sensitized on smart agriculture across the county as a continuous process,” highlighted the governor.
On his part the acting County Executive Committee Member in the department of Environment, water, mining and natural resources Mr. Samuel Maiko said that Bamboo promotion has been done across the county whereby over 10,000 bamboo cuttings were supplied. He added that the County government intends to do bamboo value addition in the long term plan.
“Over 10 Boreholes are currently powered by solar and the county government intends to have more boreholes installed with solar as an alternative to electricity,” said Maiko adding that More than 65 institutions have been supplied with water tanks for storage of roof water harvesting. 
He encouraged learning institutions to practice rain water harvesting by prioritizing buying of water tanks.

Under rehabilitation of hill tops, governor Nyaribo said that Nkora and Nyairang’a have been reafforestated and fencing of Nyairang’a is ongoing. More hill tops such as Kemasare, Manga and Riomego will be rehabilitated.