Formulation of the Future Cooperation in the Kenyan Forestry Sector

This assignment is designing a 4-year programme for the future Finnish-Kenyan cooperation in the field of forest sector development to be implemented from 2017. 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 the area of forest sector development.

  • LTS is working with Indufor Oy Finland to formulate the 4-year programme.
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Finland and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in Kenya are the key government authorities that LTS is working with.
  • The formulation process is supported by a Kenya government-led Joint Planning Team (JPT) to enhance ownership of the project.
  • The initial planned duration of the future intervention is four years and the maximum Finnish contribution is 10 million Euros. The Government of Kenya counterpart funding shall be defined in the course of the programme formulation.


Finland has supported reform through the 2007 – 2016 bilateral programme “Miti Mingi Maisha Bora – Support to Forest Sector Reform (MMMB)”. Under MMMB, a National Forest Programme (NFP) to address forest conservation challenges in Kenya was developed in 2016. This assignment takes the next step and shapes the initial implementation of NFP.


LTS is involved in identification and formulation of several project concept notes that present realistic project alternatives, different in terms of project approach, strategy and modality. The notes will be analysed by the MFA and Government of Kenya and a decision made on the future cooperation’s strategic scope and approach. The selected concept note will be developed by LTS and Indufor into a forest sector programme design document.

Value and benefits

The final outcome of the assignment, a draft programme document delivered to MFA and MENR in September 2016, will identify the most efficient, effective and innovative modalities to improve forest productivity and governance in Kenya so that forests “start producing timber and raw material for enterprises that enhance livelihoods and economic development.”