Public-private-people partnerships - a concept to combine biodiversity and economic developments in coastal forests
As of: August 2020
Objective and activities
The project will restore and protect forest and mangrove ecosystems in the coastal county of Kwale. It will address major threats from recent large scale economic developments and an increasing demand for wood-fuel energy. This will be done through public-private-people partnerships. Coastal forests constitute important carbon sinks, biodiversity hotspots and are crucial for community livelihoods. The project will work with communities, authorities and stakeholders on ecosystem restoration, sustainable management of resources and the integration of ecosystem values in policies and plans. The project will also address new drivers for ecosystem destruction from the private sector, by promoting energy and water efficiency and by strengthening and applying environmental and social safeguards at the national and the local level. Thus, the Kenyan government will be supported to implement Aichi target 15 and the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, objectives 1, 3, 6 and 10.
State of implementation/results
- The launch of the IKI Project was featured in a leading TV station (Citizen TV) in Kenya.
- Leading up to the launch of the IKI Project tree planting activity, the project lead was featured on a local radio station.
- IKI project contributed over 40,000 tree seedlings towards the national Keep Kenya Breathing campaign.
- A group of young interns started a tree nursery and are in the process of registering their organization following the learning they obtained from the IKI Project.
- The project interventions and successes are also shared widely through the various WWF-Kenya audiences via the monthly and biannual newsletter and are well linked to other projects and regional programs.
- A brochure was produced at the start of the project. Another brochure is due at the end of the second year of the project.
- The project success stories were featured in various forums such as the National Mangrove Conference that was held in Lamu County and during important national days.
- The project has also developed a website for this project. The team developed a live website that will show progress of IKI project implementation and is used for close monitoring. Additionally, the website will also host work done by KMFRI as a strategic partner and will also contain relevant communication material for general public consumption.