The workshop was convened as part of the work plan for the development of the National Climate Change Response Strategy’s Action Plan. The overall objective of the consultations is to provide an opportunity for stakeholders from each of the counties to prioritise climate change concerns and required actions to inform the Action Plan.
The following are some of the socio-economic and geographic characteristics of the three counties (Garissa, Mandera and Wajir) represented in the workshop: Geographically, Garissa and larger parts of Wajir are in eastern Kenya, while Mandera is in north east; all border Somalia, while Mandera and Wajir also border Ethiopia. The three counties are in arid agro-ecological zone. The current total population stands at 2,310,757 according to the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census. Pastoralism is the dominant form of economic activity, and provides the main source of livelihood for the majority of the populations of three counties.