Public-private-people partnerships - a concept to combine biodiversity and economic developments in coastal forests
As of: July 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 over 30.000 hectares of forest and mangrove areas. Three management plans are completed and approved by the local authorities, the project team is now supporting their implementation.
- More than 65.000 tree seedlings were planted so far on different project sites.
- 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).
- Trainings for the National Environment Management Authority of Kenya on best international practices for the application of environmental impact assessments took place in April 2019 and November 2020. They have already been able to pass on their newly acquired knowledge as multipliers to over 250 community members.
- A second training of the Community Scouts took place in March 2021. The Community Scouts compliment the surveillance by the Kenya Forest Service Rangers, so as deter forest destruction in relevant forest sites.
- 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 team developed a website for this project, which shows live progress of IKI project implementation and is used for close monitoring (sites.google.com/…).
- The project website also regularly presents some of the implemented project activities. In recent months, for example, the trainings for farmers on sustainable agriculture and agroforestry, METT assessment or the Dzombo Hill Participatory Forest Management Plan validation (sites.google.com/…).