V-LED – Vertical Integration and Learning for Low Emission Development

County governments are frontline responders to climate change, with decisive roles in the pursuit of climate-resilient low carbon development and strong potential to achieve national and global climate change adaptation and mitigation goals. Kenya’s principal legal framework on climate action – the Climate Change Act (2016) – and the National Climate Change Action Plan (2018-2022) offer real opportunities for county climate change leadership and action. The National Climate Change Act (2016) creates a mandate for counties to develop their climate action plans and integrate the National Climate Change Action Plan into their five-year County Integrated Development Plans and county sector plans. While many counties have made significant efforts to integrate climate change in their development planning process, these efforts are scarcely matched with concrete action planning and resource allocation.

The Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG) in partnership with adelphi, a German non-profit institution for policy analysis and strategy consulting, is implementing Vertical Integration and Learning for Low Emission Development (V-LED) project. With the support of the International Climate Initiative (IKI)-Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the project, which began in 2015, is geared towards supporting national and county governments in fostering climate resilient and low emission development pathways through improved multi-level governance and knowledge management.

Between 2015 and 2019, the V-LED project worked with national and county authorities to stimulate vertically integrated climate actions. The project facilitated dialogue between government levels and communities and built local capacity through trainings and good practice exchanges between county governments. The second phase of the project (2019 & 2020) carries the dialogic approach forward – continuing the vertical dialogues and horizontal good practice exchange workshops. Additionally, the project is focused on closing the climate action implementation gap with county governments through needs-based, on the job coaching. The coaching process seeks to build capacities of policy makers, community groups and stakeholders to bring about climate change governance reforms at the county level.