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Climate Change Country Profile

Climate risks pose serious threats to Kenya’s sustainable development goals. With the largest economy in East Africa and a population of 54 million, Kenya serves as the region’s financial, trade, and communications hub. The country’s economy is largely dependent on rainfed agriculture and tourism, each susceptible to climate variability and change and extreme weather events. Kenya’s updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) notes that successive climate change impacts result in socio-economic losses estimated at 3-4 percent of Gross Domestic Product annually and impede development efforts.

Even though Kenya contributes less than 0.1 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually, it has policies and measures to pursue a low carbon and resilient development pathway to realize its Vision 2030 to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country. Furthermore, Kenya submitted an updated, more ambitious NDC on December 24, 2020, with a commitment to abate greenhouse gases by 32 percent by 2030 relative to the business-as-usual scenario and in line with its sustainable development agenda and national circumstances.

Friday, April 23, 2021 - 3:00pm

Last updated: April 23, 2021