The System for Land-Based Emissions Estimation in Kenya (SLEEK) is a cutting-edge system that will track emissions in Kenya and find innovative ways to deliver this information to Kenyans.
SLEEK’s primary aim is to allow Kenya to accurately estimate and track its carbon emissions in the land sector. This includes forestry, agriculture, and other land uses. To do this, it will bring together a wide range of data sources and scientific information – climate data, models of Kenya’s plants and crops, information about the carbon content of our soils and maps of land use.
The system will also play a key role in providing information to help Kenya respond to a range of other development challenges. This includes guiding Kenya’s reforestation effort, helping reduce emissions from agriculture, and helping Kenya benefit from carbon markets.
SLEEK will also help put better information in the hands of farmers and communities. SLEEK will provide data that can be used to develop apps that can help farmers in a wide range of ways, such as informing decisions about which crop to plant, how many cattle their land can support, and where trees are most likely to survive.
To realise this ambitious agenda, SLEEK is bringing together scientists and policy makers from across the government, strengthening their capacity to share knowledge and work across academic boundaries. The program is being delivered by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and is supported by the Government of Australia through the Clinton Foundation.
Measurement, Reporting and Verification systems are used by countries to track their carbon emissions and report changes to the United National Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). They play an essential role in helping tackle climate change by providing essential information about a country’s carbon emissions.
SLEEK is Kenya’s Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system for the land-sector. It will combine weather data, biological growth models (capturing carbon emissions and sequestration from trees, crops and soils), and land cover maps to estimate the changes in Kenya’s land-sector emissions over time. It will also develop scenarios and models to assess changes in carbon emissions in response to land use changes.
Why does Kenya want a MRV system?
Without an accurate assessment of Kenya’s emissions it will be difficult to plan effective policies to reduce emissions as well as benefit from international programs to reduce emissions through stopping deforestation or implementing clean growth policies. SLEEK will position Kenya as a leader in emissions estimation and will provide a basis for other countries in the region and across the world to learn from Kenya.