1. KENYA FLOWER INDUSTRY – CAPACITY BUILDING FOR SUSTAINED MARKET ACCESS: A NATIONAL MECHANISM FOR INDUSTRY-WIDE COMPLIANCE
Objective: To support the Kenya Flower Industry in assuring sustained access to international markets, by developing and implementing a national system for industry-wide compliance with the existing regulatory framework for sustainable production.
2. INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES ACTION PLAN PROGRAMME (IWRAP)
Objective: To create essential enabling conditions, for effective water regulation and governance, sustainable land and natural resource use and sustainable development in the Lake Naivasha Basin.
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3. CARBON REDUCTION, RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES TOOLKIT (CaRROT)Project
BackgroundClimate risk and climate change remains a key threat to the development of a competitive floriculture industry. The sector is highly vulnerable due to its reliance on climate sensitive resources, and as a result shifts in climate greatly impact the sector’s productivity.
Kenya’s flower industry mainly services distant markets with a small percentage of flowers getting into the local market. The floriculture industry however contributed over GBP£ 350 million to Kenya’s economy in 2011, as well as directly and indirectly employed approximately 500,000 people with an additional estimated 2 million dependent on the business.
The importing destinations are increasingly demanding for products grown under a regime of environmental care minimizing usage of water and energy, both of which are being tapped from traditional and non-traditional sources to reduce global warming. Notably, focus is gradually shifting to generation of green energy (such as, biomass, wind, solar, geothermal), harvesting and storage of rainwater and sinking boreholes to reduce overreliance on hydro power, rivers and lakesTo preserve and strengthen Kenya’s competitive position in the global markets, the flower sector has found it necessary to develop a unified response to climate change that not only seeks to adapt to the adverse impacts, but also mitigates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improves energy efficiency and regulates water resources.
In order to position Kenya as a low emitter source with high quality flowers and thereby improve the sector’s competitiveness in view of the emerging climate change related risks and opportunities, a Carbon Reduction, Resources and Opportunities Toolkit (CaRROT) was developed through the collaborative efforts of Camco Advisory Services (K) Limited (Camco), Kenya Flower Council (KFC) and the Horticultural Crops Development Authority (HCDA).
The project is funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).
CaRROT is a practical and localized GHG, energy and water accounting and management solutions that will enable sector members assess and improve production efficiency. To support the application of the CaRROT toolkit, the guidelines were created to encourage the transition of the flower sector to a low carbon emissions sector through promoting appropriate mitigation measures and highlighting potential climate business opportunities.
The overall objectives of the this project were to:
(i) raise awareness on climate change and identify win-win opportunities that will enhance the sector’s competitiveness;
(ii) create a one of a kind, localized, resources management tool that focuses on GHG emissions, energy consumption and water use; and
(iii) develop sector specific guidelines for GHG and resource management and highlight potential climate opportunities for the flower sector.
In recognition of its efforts, the project was nominated for the ‘AfriCAN Climate Award for Good Practice 2014’ and received a Certificate of Participation. The AfriCAN Climate awards recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations that have distinguished themselves in climate change adaptation and/or mitigation initiatives implemented in AfricaThe original Excel-version of the CaRROT and supporting guidelines are available for free and can be downloaded on this page.Click here to download theCaRROT toolkit