Forest Conservation and Management

Forest Conservation and Management

Forests influence climate, landform and soil composition and they exist in a wide variety. Each forest type has its own uniqueness and together these forests complement one another and perform the various socio-economic, ecological, environmental, cultural and spiritual functions.

Therefore it is necessary for Kenya to develop harmonised approaches in the management, conservation and sustainable development of forests is essential to meet the socio-economic and environmental needs of the present and future generations. To achieve this we have realised, among others, the need to sustain the multiple roles and functions of all types of forests, as well as the need to enhance forest conservation, management, and forest cover as outlined.

Forest Conservation
(a) To strengthen efforts in forest conservation and the sustainable management of forest resources, it is imperative to ensure the participation of local community and other stakeholders through participatory Forests management approaches and that all national policy and strategies must indicate the forest area set aside for forest conservation and in the sustainable production of forest goods and services.

(b) To further ensure sustainable forest conservation and sustainable forest management, the prices of timber and timber products at the market place must fully reflect both their replacement and environmental costs, and that trade in forest products should be non-discriminatory. Moreover, expenses needed for sustainable forest management, including reforestation and afforestation must be included into the cost of all kinds of production obtained from the forest resources.

(c) In order to ensure the sharing on mutually agreed terms of benefits, of products derived from the utilisation of forest biodiversity, efficient and cost-effective methodologies should be developed to assess the biological resources of forests at the genetic, species and ecosystem levels, including the development of techniques to ascribe economic values to these resources.

Enhancement of Forest Cover
(a) Maintaining and enhancing forest cover, reforestation or afforestation will incur costs, either from opportunities foregone for alternative uses, or from benefits lost from existing land uses. Policy responses must take this into account. The legitimate rights of counties over their natural resources must be upheld. An equitable framework must be found to provide adequate compensation to those counties who undertake action to sustainably manage their forests in the wider interests of national environmental enhancement.

(b) All counties should work towards increasing their forest cover to 10% as per the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and be achieved over a speci- fied time-frame and actions be taken to prepare and implement national forestry action programmes and/or plans for the management, conservation and sustainable development of forests. Counties having less than 10 per cent of their land areas under forest cover, but have the means must undertake concerted efforts to increase their forest cover.



KFWG Membership Form - Read/Download

Climate Change Act - 2016 - Read/Download

Forest Conservation and Management Act 2016- Read/Download

Kenya Green Economic Strategy & Implementation Plan- Read/Download

Proceedings of the 2nd National Participatory Forest Management Conference - 2014 - Read/Download

The Charcoal Rules and Regulations 2015 - Read/Download

Governance in Kenya Forest Sector - Read / Download

Devolved Forestry Functions Framework - 2015 - Read / Download

Forest (Conservation and Management) Bill,- 2015 - Read / Download

Forests (Conservation and Management) Policy - 2015 - Read / Download

Manual on Forming and Registering Community Forest Associations (CFAs - Read / Download)

Participatory Forest Management Guidelines - Read / Download

Manual on Preparation of a Participatory Forest Management Plan (PFMP) - Read / Download


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Forests Conservation and Management
Forests Conservation and Management
Forests influence climate, landform and soil composition and they exist in a wide variety.
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Partnerships and Networking
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