Knowledge Sharing on Climate Change Innovations and Practices through Business and Information Centres and a Knowledge Management System
ALIN was contracted as a partner by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MEF) in USAID/UNDP funded Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) project to implement a Knowledge Sharing on Climate Change Innovations and Practices through Business and Information Centres and a Knowledge Management System. The project had 3 key outputs:
Task 1: Feasibility Studies, Identification of the Centres and Development of Appropriate Business Model.
ALIN carried out feasibility studies for the establishment of Business and Information Centres and develop appropriate business models. This entailed visiting various locations identified by the Ministry to assess their suitability in hosting a sustainable centre model.
Task 2: Construction and Equipping of centres, awareness creation and operationalization
ALIN on behalf of the MEF conducted and Environmental Impact Assessment, engaged all Architectural and Engineering design services, appointed a contractor and delivered a functional Community Education Business and Information Centre (CEBIC) in Lesidai Samburu County; which serves as a facility for enhancing resilience to climate change through access of timely and up-to date information and business opportunities.
In this project, the community provided 3 acres of land in Lesidai, Samburu for the establishment of the CEBIC which they recognize as a facility that will bring services closer to them, hence support their economic wellbeing as well as enhance resilience to climate change. The project brings other sector players including the County Government of Samburu which is supporting the CEBIC as the main host and ALIN as a facilitator of the activities.
The Lesidai CEBIC is a model centre for the counties in the Arid and Semi-Arid regions that will promote access to information create business opportunities and support livelihoods for vulnerable communities with the view of enhancing resilience of these communities to the vagaries of climate change. Lesidai is located in Losuk which one of the 5 wards in Samburu West Sub-county with a geographical coverage of 690.8 Km2. The total population is approximately 20,000 persons-while as the whole Sub-county has a total population of 92,676. The centre will offer services such as renewable energy shop, agrovet shop, ICTs services, mobile banking, community library, outreach and demonstration centre centre for energy products. Though this model, ALIN will be able to implement many community initiatives in Samburu County.
Task 3: Equipped and Operational Climate Change Knowledge Management System
ALIN designed and produced a climate change knowledge management system to enhance the creation and sharing of knowledge. The online system will provide a ‘one stop shop’ for users who need diverse information, data, and tools on climate change adaptation. The aim of the portal is to help provide policy makers and development practitioners with a resource to explore, evaluate, synthesize, and learn about climate related vulnerabilities and risks at multiple levels of details. The system relate to the other activities proposed and have the following functionalities;
- Have a one-stop shop on institutions involved in climate change adaptation.
- Theme being addressed by each institution
- Location of the institutions – This will be linked to Google maps to give the users a visual snapshot of least and most exposed areas in terms of coverage.
- Professional and groups working on climate change adaptation issues
- Increased institutional capacities – the field officers have trained staff from organisations affiliated or in the vicinity of the centres helping to build their IT and information management capacities.
- Data on climate change from various institutions
- A mailing lists of people registered to receive information on climate change
Task 4: Facilitate production and distribution of quarterly magazine (similar to Joto Afrika).
Throughout the entire project period, ALIN produced ?? issues of its climate change magazine, JotoAfrika.