Forest in Kenya is an important source
of livelihood, environmental services, and economic growth.
In November of 2005 the Government of Kenya (GOK) ratified a
new Forests... Show More + Act. The act contains many innovative provisions
to correct previous shortcomings, including a strong
emphasis on partnerships, the engagement of local
communities, and promotion of private investment. The
purpose of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is
to inform, influence, and strengthen the processes of
implementing the new Forests Act and inform policy
discussions regarding sustainable use forests resources for
national development. The SEA examined current risks
confronting both woodland and forest environments and the
social well-being of communities relying on these resources.
Evidence gathered through research and extensive
consultation with stakeholders was used to identify the
scope for improving institutional structures and governance
processes under the planned forestry reforms, notably those
relating to the Kenya forest service and the participation
of communities and the private sector in forest management.
The SEA recommends ways of enhancing the opportunities for
environmental and social gain that already form part of the
overall goal of the Forests Act. Show Less -