This governance study aims at providing a clear picture on how governance aspects of the forest reform agenda in Kenya (initiated in 2007 following enactment of a new law – Forests Act 2005) have taken shape since 2011 when a similar study was undertaken.
Unprecedented deforestation in Kenya between 1980s and early 2002 relating to poor forest governance led to a public dissent and a sustained civil society campaign to reform the forest sector. As a result, forest sector reforms driven by the Forests Act 2005 have been ongoing since 2007. Good forest governance is fundamental to achieving positive and sustained development outcomes in the sector, including efficiency of resource management, increased contribution to economic growth and to environmental services, and equitable distribution of benefits.
LTS’ work included:
Value and Benefits
The recommendations of the review informed the National Forest Programme (NFP). The proposed actions are expected to be integrated into the operational activities of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MENR) – charged with overseeing the implementation of NFP, KFS and other stakeholders, and the forest sector devolution process.