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Cracking the climate-water-energy challenge in the drylands of Kenya

This policy briefing summarises priorities for devolved strategic planning for water, energy and climate change in arid environments, identified through local-level consultations in Isiolo County, Kenya. It demonstrates how devolved county governments in Kenya can fulfil their responsibility to enable sub-county and ward level planning around water, energy and climate change. This can play an important role in supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and nationally determined climate change commitments. It also has relevance for authorities in other water-stressed areas, particularly in the context of the SDGs.

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Urbanising regions in drylands often face environmental problems – particularly water stress. When people in these areas are also responding to other crises, such as conflict or refugee flows, it becomes difficult for them to implement long-term solutions. IIED is looking at ways to strengthen resilience in crisis-hit dryland regions, focusing initially on environmental challenges in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and the arid lands of Kenya.

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