REDD+ Gap Analysis

Partner: FAO and Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife

Project Overview

Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is an efforts aimed at creating an incentive for carbon stored in forests for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and it includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. The Kenyan government is committed to the REDD readiness process and is participating actively in international REDD negotiations. As a result, it already has a REDD Readiness Plan that outlines the process by which it will develop its national strategy for participating in an evolving international mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conserving and enhancing stocks and sustainably managing forests (REDD ).

To ensure effective implementation of REDD , there is need for the Government of Kenya to formulate enabling laws and policies to protect its remaining forest resources from deforestation and degradation and to enhance forest carbon stocks in ways that help improve local livelihoods and also takes cognizant of other related sectors and laws like EMCA, Water Act, Agriculture Act, Wildlife (Conservation and Management) Act, as well as a host of several sectoral laws and their regulations which have direct and indirect influence on the management of forests and REDD in Kenya.

It is against this backdrop that ILEG is working towards facilitating proper implementation of the national REDD strategies by reviewing all the relevant sectoral policies and laws and producing a REDD framework analysis and proposals for all the necessary legal and policy reforms.