Lessons learned for improving policies affecting forest conservation and climate change adaptation in Kenya’s water tower communities

Lessons learned for improving policies affecting forest conservation and climate change adaptation in Kenya’s water tower communities

Key points

  • Biodiversity conservation and livelihood policies are poorly integrated, undermining the implementation of both.
  • National strategies for CC adaptation and mitigation follow traditional ministerial silos, risking the replication of problems associated with isolated portfolio approaches.
  • Successful ecosystem-based adaptation on Mount Elgon requires greater cooperation between ministries, decentralized (local) governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and local communities to:
    • Integrate conservation (CC mitigation) and development (CC adaptation) objectives and activities.
    • Build coherence in spatial planning to achieve biodiversity conservation, watershed protection, disaster mitigation, and agricultural intensification across landscapes.
  • Decentralized governments have the potential to serve as coordinating bodies for jurisdictional EbA strategies and lead development of subnational CC initiatives.

Authors: Russell, A.; Ongugo, P.; Banana, A.Y.

Topic: conservation, biodiversity, climate change, adaptation, mitigation

Geographic: Kenya

Series: CIFOR Infobrief no. 141

Pages: 6p

Publisher: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia

Publication Year: 2016

DOI: 10.17528/cifor/006343


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