Public-private-people partnerships - a concept to combine biodiversity and economic developments in coastal forests
As of: January 2021
Forests are often threatened by competing land uses, including infrastructure expansion projects, for example, as well as agriculture, land for building on or the dependency of local populations on firewood. The project is working with local communities, regulatory authorities and the private sector. Together, these actors are committed to ensuring the recovery of ecosystems, sustainable resource management, and accounting for both environmental and social standards in policy and development planning. Project work is also helping to protect and restore forest and mangrove ecosystems. Environmental and social standards are protecting these ecosystems from the impact of major investment programmes. These standards are being established using public-private-people partnerships (PPPPs). The project is also addressing new drivers for ecosystem destruction, such as charcoal production, and strengthening the political involvement of local communities.
State of implementation/results
- Through the development and implementation of six forest management plans the project is currently improving the management of 24.000 hectares of forest and mangrove areas.
- More than 40.000 tree seedlings were planted so far on different project sites.
- Last plantings took place in July 2020 in the Shimba Hills Forest Ecosystem. Safety measures including guidelines from the Kenyan Ministry of Health on Covid-19 were followed: Participants were provided with disposable face masks, instant hand sanitizers, soap and social distancing was upheld.
- So far, more than 3.500 hectares of terrestrial forest have been restored
- The project brings together 13 different institutions for the management of natural resources in Kwale County (government institutions, civil society organizations, associations, cooperative, private ranch).
- First trainings for the National Environment Management Authority of Kenya on best international practices for the application of environmental impact assessments took place.
- The project interventions and successes are shared widely through the various WWF-Kenya audiences via the monthly and biannual newsletter and are well linked to other projects and regional programs.
- The latest newsletter ‘Forest Yetu’ (Our Forest) was published in September 2020 giving an overview of main project results and telling three stories how Kwale citizens benefit from the project: www.wwfkenya.org/…