Ecosystem Management in Kenya


UNEP Kenya Country Programme has played a leadership role to draw attention of the government to focus on rehabilitation of the Mau Forest complex and its Nairobi River Basin Ecosystem.

The intervention targets the various ecosystems in Kenya including forests (water towers), inland fresh water lakes (Lake Victoria and Rift Valley Lakes), coastal and marine environments (land-based activities affecting marine ecosystems), arid and semi-arid lands (impact of refugees in Dadaab and Kakuma, host communities), and riverine ecosystems (Nairobi River), rangelands (Wildlife dispersal areas).

UNEP’s intervention on ecosystem management is through different tiers: government departments, civil society, and United Nations Country Team.

 

RELATED PROGRAMMES & ACTIVITIES:

Rehabilitation and Restoration of the Mau Forest Complex

The Mau Complex is not only an asset of national importance that supports key economic sectors in Rift Valley and western Kenya, but also the single most important water catchment in the Rift Valley and the western Kenya region. "For the past few years UNEP has been documenting the continued destruction and erosion of this vital ecosystem. It is now imperative that if no measures are taken, Kenya, and the entire Lake Victoria-Nile Basin ecosystem will lose its fundamental watershed".

UNEP has partnered with the Government of Kenya to sensitize the public and rally the international community through a multi-stakeholder donor consultative forum on the need to restore the Mau Forest Complex and the way forward.

Kenya Country Programme has played a leadership role to draw attention of the government to focus on rehabilitation of the Mau Forest complex.

Its objective is to provide logistical support during the debate on the rehabilitation and restoration of the Mau Forest Complex.

The project has contributed to UNEP’s intervention Ecosystem management – EA(c) Kenya begins to realign its environmental programmes and financing to address degradation of selected priority areas.

The intervention targets the various ecosystems in Kenya including forests (water towers), inland fresh water lakes (Lake Victoria and Rift Valley Lakes), coastal and marine environments (land-based activities affecting marine ecosystems), arid and semi-arid lands (impact of refugees in Dadaab and Kakuma, host communities), and riverine ecosystems (Nairobi River), rangelands (Wildlife dispersal areas). [UNEP In Kenya-Newsletter-MAY]

Kenya Armed Forces Partners with UNEP in tree planting project
The Ministry of State for Defence and the United Nations Environment Programme unveiled a partnership in mid-April 2010 to plant 5 million seedlings on the main water towers of Kenya through the Environmental Soldier Programme.

It is becoming increasingly clear in Kenya that environmental degradation is the ‘main enemy from within’: forest cover of 12% at independence in 1963 has been decimated to less than 2% within a period of less than four decades. [UNEP In Kenya-Newsletter-APRIL 2010]



For more information please contact

Mr. Henry Ndede
Coordinator, UNEP-Kenya Country Programme
Tel: +254-20-762-4276
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