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Michael Gachanja
Principal Consultant, LTS Africa


MSc Range Management (Ecology), University of Nairobi, 1996; BSc Range Management (First Class Honours), University of Nairobi, 1990.

Michael has 20 years’ experience in natural resources management, mainly in forestry, wildlife and climate change. Prior to joining LTSA in January 2015, Michael was the Executive Director of the East African Wild Life Society (July 2012– December 2015), its Deputy Director between July 2009 and June 2012 and the National Coordinator of the Kenya Forests Working Group (KFWG) 1995 – 2009. KFWG is a consortium of individuals, non-governmental organizations (local, national and international), private sector and government agencies involved in forest conservation in Kenya. Michael’s work at KFWG has today shaped the forestry sector in Kenya and influenced policy changes at the regional level including formation of similar networks in Uganda (2001) and Tanzania (2002).

His contribution in the forestry sector was the basis of his appointment as the Technical Advisor at Kenya’s Prime Minister’s office Mau Interim Coordinating Secretariat (ICS) that was formed in 2009 to oversee the implementation of the 2009 Mau Forest Complex Task Force recommendations. Michael was also a member of this task force between 2008 and 2009. In recognition of his work in NGOs, Michael was nominated by the United States Department of State to the International Visitor Leadership Programme on NGOs in 2006.

Michael has facilitated many policy processes in Kenya leading to enactment of new laws such as the Wildlife Act, 2013, Land Act 2012, the National Land Commission Act 2012 and the Land Registration Act, 2012. Michael has authored many policy background reports (such as on governance and benefit sharing) to guide the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) implementation processes and forestry in general in Kenya. At the Eastern African regional level, Michael has facilitated Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) processes and the World Bank/Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) REDD+ processes.

He has been involved in the development of Kenya’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan, formulation of climate change compatible development lesson learning briefs/reports for the Eastern Africa Region and implementation of projects and programmes involved in integration of environment and climate change. As a certified lead auditor for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Michael has conducted many forest management and Chain of Custody certification audits for Soil Association in Kenya and South Sudan.

Michael has undertaken over 70 consultancies. His country specific experience comes Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Ethiopia.



Service areas:
climate change