Kenya faces the threat of a broad array of natural and man-made hazards, which are all being compounded by the impacts of climate change. The country is currently facing a multi-year drought, which has threatened the viability of rain-fed agriculture and animal husbandry. This is part of an ongoing trend towards declining rainfall in the main rainy season, which is however accompanied by more frequent flooding events – both occurrences that are expected to become more frequent as temperatures rise.
All these sudden and slow onset hazards have significant mobility impacts, as people are displaced to find safety from harm or cope with scarcity and insecurity. Displacement is contributing to rapid urbanization, which is leading to the rapid expansion of informal settlements and the concentration of a variety of risks to people’s well-being and security (including increased occurrence of floods and heat waves in urban areas, water and food scarcity). Climate change is also contributing to shifting mobility and livelihood patterns of pastoralist communities, threatening traditional cultural and social systems and leading to pressures over natural resources and often tensions/conflicts over their control. Lastly, by undermining livelihood, food and water security, climate change is also shaping material conditions that may lead to conflict and tensions, especially in areas facing inflow of internal and cross-border population movements.
In collaboration with Governmental, International and Civil Society partners, PDD is aiming to support the collection and standardization of data on displacement and its impacts, the development of preparedness and coordination systems to respond to displacement at county level, and enhanced access to financing for national and local actors.
Nairobi, 15 December 2022 – The Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD), in partnership with the…