New Project – Formulation of the Future Cooperation in the Kenyan Forestry Sector

LTS has been contracted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland for an assignment to design the future Finnish-Kenyan cooperation in the field of forest sector development. This is a continuation of the long collaboration of more than 25 years that the Government of the Kenya and the Government of Finland have had in forest sector development. The most recent collaboration was the 2007-2016 bilateral program “Miti Mingi Maisha Bora – Support to Forest Sector Reform (MMMB)” which is aiming for a “a reduction in poverty through ensuring that the forest sector contributes effectively and sustainably to improving the lives of the poor, restoring the environment, and aiding the economic recovery and growth of Kenya, within the context of Vision 2030.”

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Formulation of the Future Cooperation in the Kenyan Forestry Sector

The purpose of the assignment is to design the future Finnish-Kenyan cooperation in the field of forest sector development. This is a continuation of the long collaboration of more than 25 years that the Government of the Kenya and the Government of Finland have had in forest sector development. The most recent collaboration was the 2007-2016 bilateral program “Miti Mingi Maisha Bora – Support to Forest Sector Reform (MMMB)” which is aiming for a “a reduction in poverty through ensuring that the forest sector contributes effectively and sustainably to improving the lives of the poor, restoring the environment, and aiding the economic recovery and growth of Kenya, within the context of Vision 2030.”

The assignment consists of two phases; identification and formulation. During the Identification Phase (May – July), LTS is involved in analysis of different needs and opportunities in the forestry sector. 2 – 3 Concept Notes will be prepared describing different proposals for future cooperation in the Kenyan forestry sector. The concept notes will present clearly different, realistic project alternatives in terms of project approach, strategy and modality. The notes will provide the competent authorities within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA) and the Government of Kenya an analytical base for decisions on the future cooperation’s strategic scope and approach.

Authorities will analyse the Concept Notes and choose one for development into the programme for cooperation in Kenyan forestry sector. The process to achieve this will involve country missions where interviews with forest actors in Kenya, group discussion and stakeholders’ workshops will be organised. During the Formulation Phase (August – September), LTS will be involved in developing the chosen Concept Note into a draft programme document, which will be submitted to MFA.

The final output of the study was the production of the “Review of Governance of the Forest Sector in Kenya Report”.

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New Project – Review of Governance of the Forest Sector in Kenya

LTS conducted a study between February and May 2016 for Kenya Forest Service to provide a clear picture on how governance aspects of the forest sector agenda in Kenya have taken shape since a similar study was carried out in 2011. Kenya’s forest sector has been going through reforms since 2007 when the Forests Act (2005) was enacted. The Government of Finland and the Government of Kenya (GoK) have supported the reform process through the “Miti Mingi Maisha Bora (MMMB) – Support to Forest Sector Reform in Kenya” Programme, 2009-2016.

For further details on this study, please see the project page here.

Project Update – Development of the National Adaptation Plan, Kenya

LTS Africa recently finalised Kenya’s National Adaptation Plan 2015-2030 (NAP) which aims “to consolidate the country’s vision on adaptation supported by macro-level adaptation actions that relate with the economic sectors and county level vulnerabilities in order to enhance long term resilience and adaptive capacity.” This is Kenya’s first plan on adaptation, and will help the government move toward Vision 2030 goals by mainstreaming climate change adaptation into planning and action. The NAP will assist national and county governments to implement the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) by providing guidance on priority actions. The NAP articulates a mainstreaming approach under which adaptation and development goals are complementary.

It is expected that NAP will be used by:

  • National and county government to inform planning and budgeting;
  • Non-state actors, including the private sector, to inform risk planning and business decisions; and
  • Development partners to align funding with Kenya’s adaptation priorities.
  • Civil society to assist in the implementation of  prioritised adaptation actions

The NAP describes the national circumstances in Kenya, including current and project climate scenarios that impact decision making. A climate hazard and vulnerability assessment provides information on droughts, flooding and sea level rise. The NAP explores governance structures, including the policy and regulatory framework, institutional arrangements, and a monitoring and reporting framework.

A briefing note on the NAP was presented by the National Climate Change Secretariat during the 21st meeting of Conference of Parties (COP) in Paris in December 2015.

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