Public-private-people partnerships - a concept to combine biodiversity and economic developments in coastal forests
As of: January 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 – Pwani FM alongside the local community representative Samuel Benzi. The conversation revolved around the benefit of conservation.
- Three case study stories drawn from the project got published in the month of June in the IKI website (Read them Here) as well as on WWF-Kenya’s social media channels.
- Stories from the field got published in October on the WWF-Germany website together with a project description (in German) and a video explaining the project. It will also be featured in the WWF-Germany Newsletter.
- IKI project contributed over 40,000 tree seedlings towards the national Keep Kenya Breathing campaign.
- Read the inspirational story of a group of young interns who started a tree nursery and are in the process of registering their organization following the learning they obtained from the IKI Project. Their story was featured in WWF-Kenya’s monthly conservation Echo.
- Developed and shared the bi-annual newsletter Forest Yetu.