THE ANNUAL NATIONAL CLIMATE RESILIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION CONFERENCE

RELEVANCE TO NATIONAL AND GLOBAL GOALS

CRECP invented NCRECC responds to the United Nations rallying call for sustainable growth and development to save our planet. It specifically responds to the overall vision of a green Kenya with a thriving ecologically sustainable economy and contributing well to the overall wellbeing of the planet.

Vision 2030 for Kenya

In order to achieve a middle-income and ecologically sustainable but industrialized Status by the year 2030, Kenya will need a workforce that has superb knowledge in climate mitigation strategies and superb technological skills. Since the key to mitigation of climate crisis relies heavily on advancement in technology to drive an ecologically sustainable industrial environment, future generations must be trained and indoctrinated from the very early childhood to love the environment, love technology, adopt a culture of sustainable living and use these skills to stay relevant to the ecological crises of the day and quickly solve problems.

10.2 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 01, No Poverty
  • Goal 03, Good Health and Well Being
  • Goal 07, Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Goal 08, Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Goal 09, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Goal 10, Reduced Inequalities
  • Goal 12, Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Goal 16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

THE CHALLENGE

At the recent 7th Annual Devolution Conference that happened in Makueni County, it became clear that Kenyans have to put a lot of effort or step the fight against climate change as its effects are ravaging parts of the country with relief help needed urgently to support regions like Northern Kenya. In some parts of the country, unexpected and hard-to-predict heavy rainfalls are being experienced with flash floods. In some parts like Northwestern regions, Kenya is experiencing droughts. Such examples are the reasons why Kenya ought to take the fight for climate change seriously.

RELEVANT RESPONSE

The youth have to organically develop the inherent interest to combat climate change and lead the national efforts to reduce the ravishing effects that we are seeing right now. The Climate Resilience and Environmental Conservation Program (CRECP), a partnership between Impactnet Africa and Youth for Better Kenya, has been created to respond to climate crisis in the Republic of Kenya. Under this program, the youth of Kenya see it fit to have the national conversation about climate change intensified and has therefore invited all stakeholders involved in this fight into this national conversation. This conversation is in form of the National Climate Resilience and Environmental Conservation Conference that will take place from Monday 25th through Friday 29th, 2022 at Safari Park Hotel and Casino in Nairobi. While the 4C-K Conference focused on ensuring Private Sector Commitment to Sustainability, CRECP-NCRECC focus on the effort of the youth both in government, the private profit, and nonprofit sectors as well.

AIM

The aim of this conference is to seriously begin a conversation about empowering the youth to save future generations. The youth must be equipped to have an environment caring conscience, to get the skills to combat this calamity and to champion, speak out for, and constantly advocate for Sustainable Development and Sustainable selfless living.  

OBJECTIVES

  • To bring together all stakeholders and resources to support projects that address the challenges of climate change.
  • Begin and sustain a serious national conversation about empowering the youth to save future generations, how to Impart the knowledge of climate Resilience and Environmental Protection among children and youth, equipping the youth with an environment caring conscience, and knowledge and skills to combat the climate crisis.
  • Be the loud voice of climate crisis among the youth in Kenya and Africa and push the government of the Republic of Kenya to act in implementing recognized global efforts to combat climate change.
  • To champion, speak out for, and constantly advocate for Sustainable Development and Sustainable selfless living among all stakeholders of society.   
  • Deploy the remaining deferred part of the budget, to future conferences and technological startups that support mitigation efforts against climate change.

ACTIVITIES

NCRECC will take five days with different activities. But the basic schedule will take the following fashion.

  • Speeches by major leaders of government and various organizations involved with the battle against climate change.
  • Breakout Sessions, with Presentations and discussions conducted by the Youth for Better Kenya leaders
  • A joint Panel discussion with serious leaders responding to concerns for the theme of the day.

Themes for each day include the following.

  • Day 1: Government and Political Leaders response to Climate Change
  • Day 2: The role of education in the fight against Climate Change
  • Day 3: The role of Civil Society in the fight against Climate Change
  • Day 4: The Role of Religion in the fight against Climate Change
  • Day 5: The Role of Entrepreneurship, the media, technology, and innovation in the fight against climate change.

ATTENDANCE

Those that are allowed to attend the first edition of NCRECC include;

  • Pupil and Student Leaders of various environment clubs within high schools and colleges
  • Teachers of various environment or climate change initiatives from selected schools and institutions.
  • Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development officials
  • Representatives of Civil Society, especially organizations formed to combat climate change.
  • Representatives of the National Environment Management Authority
  • Recognized Young leaders, especially alumni Fellows of international youth exchange programs.
  • Heads of United Nations Agencies and International Nonprofits in Kenya, with their roles being in Speeches and addressing concerns in Joint discussion panels.
  • Chief Executive Officers of Climate change combating innovative tech startups like OpiBus.

IMPLEMENTING PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

This conference is organized by CRECP, a major national program created with the partnership of Impactnet Africa and Youth for Better Kenya, who have officially invited other organizations to partner with us. Among the several organizations invited, off prominent partnerships include; UNAIDISA, UNEP, UNESCO, PAYAK, KICD, USAID, RMS, NEMA, NORAD, MOEF, KEPSA, KNCCI.

PROGRAM LOCATION

CRECP is now temporarily hosted at the YBK offices at 53 Chalbi Drive in Lavington, Nairobi. NCRECC should take place at Safari Park Hotel, located along the Nairobi, Thika Super Highway, at the USIU-A exit, in Nairobi, Kenya.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Original support for the initial budget of CRECP and NCRECC comes from the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The initial budget for NCRECC is 200,000 USD, or Twenty Million Kenya shillings. This budget’s specific purpose is to conduct a successful conference that should bring all the major stakeholders concerned with climate crisis together to see how to combat it in Kenya.

ACTIVITY TIMELINE AND SUSTAINABILITY

  • NCRECC will hold its first conference in April 25th through 27th and will undergo review and from there, all stakeholders involved will make a decision on the continuity of the program.
  • CRECP, working together with the MOE and KICD, intends implement its first phase of the program, the ECD CBC stage, for one year after the conference and analyze its impact after that.

CONFERENCE LOGISTICS

In order for the conference to be successful, it will require the following

Venue

The conference will be hosted at Safari Park Hotel and Casino, located on Thika USIU Road, in Nairobi, Kenya. This location is very convenient and will provide the following for all delegates in attendance.

  • Food and Accommodation, therefore minimizing transport and evading the challenge of overstretched arrival time.
  • Proper security for all the very important guests, speakers, and panelists
  • The environment offers an International Conference experience with all the required amenities available including easily partitioned roomed and walkways.
  • Provide a temporary office for the hosting team to prepare well for the conference.