By Charles Ogallo.
Transparency International launched a Global Corruption Report on Climate Change Thursday with scathing attacks specifically directed to the Kenya Government over inadequate measures in place to curb corruption in climate change projects in the country.
The attacks come as Kenya prepares to present her case over climate change fundings at the Seventeenth session of the Conference of the Parties -COP17 set to be held in Durban, South Africa later this Month.
Hundreds of representatives of the world's governments, international organizations and civil society will gather in Durban to discuss issues that seek to advance, in a balanced fashion, the implementation of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the Bali Action Plan, agreed at COP 13 in 2007, and the Cancun Agreements, reached at COP 16 last December.
The report titled: A Global Corruption Report: Climate Change in Kenya will be used to monitor funds meant for programs aimed at mitigating climate change effects across the globe.
It is estimated that by 2020 over 700 billion US Dollars will have been channeled to climate change initiatives.
Vice chairperson of Transparency International Rachel Mbai says that unless proper measures are put in place to curb corruption, efforts to tackle climate change will forever remain a mirage.
Speaking at the launch of the report in Nairobi, Mbai however said that it is imperative to put in place robust monitoring mechanisms to avoid fraudulent activities which might hamper climate change mitigation efforts saying that its only through tracking the monies put in these projects that the developing world can be impacted positively.
A lot of funds from the private, public and Governments has since been channeled to Climate Mitigation Programs globally even as it is predicted that by 2020 climate change mitigations investments will be at 700 billion US Dollars mark.
The Corruption Report however identified Kenya among the countries claiming credits for fictitious forest plantation projects.
The report says that a number of African governments, Kenya included , have already claimed credits for fictitious forest plantation projects.
"When responses to climate change are then partially or substantially lost to corruption, not only does the quality of projects suffer, but the result is that the ongoing effects of climate change are worst for those who can least afford it," read part of the report.
Kenya like many other countries earmarked to receive significant climate finance has serious challenges in addressing corruption and diversion of public resources.
Transparency International- Kenya said that under global climate agreements, substantial new funding from governments and multilateral agencies will be made available to finance the mitigation of climate change.
Transparency International-Kenya chapter Executive Director Samuel Kimeu said that the government must facilitate greater public participation to access information and accountability to make climate governance more effective.