Community development and training program
About the Implementing organization
Name: Friends of Karura Community Forest Association
Year of establishment: 2009
Type of organization: Community-based association or organization
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Type of Action
Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Access and benefit sharing / Pollution prevention, clean up / Awareness and education
Sustainable Development Element
Jobs and livelihoods / Renewable energy
The increased capacity of key stakeholders in the communities to diagnose and understand the changing nature of forest management practices, forest ecosystems and develop a local solution for sustainable use of forest resources.
Sustainable Development Impacts
Improvement of livelihoods
The Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources has embarked on an initiative to establish a National Programme through the popular participation of all key stakeholders including community forest association. It is expected to take the next one year and has already brought in scores of stakeholders to determine how the process should evolve. FKF seeks to play a role in Forest Governance Thematic groups and perhaps impress upon policy makers to make forest dependent communities a major stakeholder in forest governance.
Conserved Forest is fast becoming a major attraction, particularly to middle-income communities as a recreational asset. Forest visitations for recreational and Eco tourism purposes is taking root in Kenya. This present a great opportunity to sensitise the larger communities about the need for conservation, but also to create value for conservation by charging a small fee for use of the forest. Many forest reserves close to urban settings should be able to get better support for conservation than has been the case before.
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