The Star (Nairobi)

10 May 2014

Kenya: Mombasa At Risk of Sinking Under Water

PART of Mombasa is at risk of sinking if Kenya does not act fast to mitigate the effects of climate change, Environment PS Richard Lesiyampe has said.

Mombasa is the smallest county and covers an area of 229.7 square kilometres. This excludes 65 square kilometres of water mass. That means 39 square kilometres of Mombasa is at risk. "With an increase of only two degrees centigrade, 17 per cent of Mombasa will be submerged.

It is that serious," Lesiyampe said. He was speaking during a consultative workshop on the draft Climate Change Policy and Bill for the Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in Mombasa yesterday. Lesiyampe said the government will create platforms to mitigate effects of global warming.

The Bill seeks to establish a fund, which will be under the National Treasury, to fight climate change. National Assembly Environment and Natural Resources Committee chair Amina Abdalla said uncoordinated efforts in mitigating the effects of climate change means there could be duplication of duties. It seeks to establish a council that will oversee the coordination of activities to mitigate climate change effects.

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