KFWG was formed in 1995 as a forum of individuals, organizations and institutions (government and non government, local and international) and community organizations concerned with forests, working together to promote sound forest management and conservation practices in Kenya. Its mission is to promote sustainable forest management in Kenya through research, advocacy, networking and partnerships development for improved livelihoods for all Kenyans. Its strongest function is to provide a watchdog role through its forest monitoring activities and related advocacy actions, as well as influencing policy and preparing communities for participatory forest management.
KFWG is probably the most influential lobby group in the cause of forest conservation in Kenya. KFWG strongest function has been providing a watchdog role through its forest monitoring activities and related advocacy actions, as well as influencing policy and preparing communities for participatory forest management.
Activities currently being undertaken by the Kenya Forests Working Group (KFWG)
Forest sector reforms
Since the enactment of the Forests Act 2005 in 2007, the government has embarked on forest sector reforms. Under this reforms, KFWG is:
- Supporting formation and operationalisation of Community Forest Associations (CFAs) which will enter into joint management agreements with the Government (KFS) under the new Participatory Forest Management (PFM) arrangements.
- Partnering with KFS in implementing Miti Mingi Maisha Bora Project (MMMBP)-KFWG is on the Steering Committee, key role currently is planning for project implementation. Expound on MMMBP. MMMB is a 5year GoK/Finnish Embassy supported program supporting Kenyas Forest sector reform process. Its overall objective is “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 ofKenya, within the context of Vision 2030’.
- Strengthening devolved governance structures, planning to facilitate a meeting on corporate governance for the KFS Board.
- Assisting KFS, by supporting implementation of its communication strategy.
- Supporting implementation of the Forests Act 2005 by facilitating development of, and lobbying for the gazettment of subsidiary legislation.
Forest policy and Forests Bill 2014
Jointly with other organisations, KFWG is lobbying for finalization and endorsement of Forest Policy which is yet to be adopted by the Government as well as advocating for a New Law that conforms to Kenya Constitution.
Participatory Forest Management (PFM)
Jointly with KFS, and other partners, KFWG is supporting PFM process through development of Forest Management Plans and agreements, and training CFAs on PFM (Negotiation, Leadership, governance, conflict management)
- Organizing forums such as KFWG monthly meetings, workshops and village meetings for information sharing Has produced communication materials to sensitize stakeholders on subsidiary legislation and the Forests Bill 2014.
- Has produced communication materials to sensitize stakeholders on subsidiary legislation and the Forests Bill 2014.
Have organized a series of fact finding missions to selected forest hot spots jointly with journalists to highlight destruction and engage with the relevant authorities for remedial action.
Awareness activities we are undertaking mainly relate to PFM process and the wider forest sector reform, especially as relates to subsidiary legislation
We have initiated processes aimed at initiating and /or strengthening strategic partnerships with key partners. Among them include the youth in Universities, Green Africa Foundation, ICRAF, YES Youth Can, and the Kenya Climate Change Working Group.