7thAug

Land & Natural Resources

ANCHORING THE PROMISE: Deepening Democracy by Promoting Participatory Governance of Natural Resources in Kenya. The link between sustainable management of natural resources and deepening democracy in Kenya is not difficult to fathom, much less now when the country is headed for a general election. Apart from being the sole livelihood source for a great majority of Kenyans, land is also the subject of great emotional attachment. Discontent over ownership and utilization of land and natural resources has remained the most notable source of frequent conflicts and tribal clashes between Kenyan communities. No wonder it emerged as a critical issue – Agenda 4 – in the National Accord which defined the framework for reforms following the 2007/2008 post-election violence. Following the

7thAug

Land & Natural Resources

Topics Project Overview Capacity Building Seminar for Turkana County Members of County Assembly (MCAs) Research on oil and gas governance framework in Kenya Raising public awareness on critical extractive sector issues Enhancing lawyers’ capacity to deal with extractive sector issues Project Overview Kenya is poised to become a key producer of oil and natural gas as well as other extractive resources. This follows the discovery of oil, natural gas and other mineral deposits in different parts of the country, and ongoing active exploration for more resources. However, concerns continue to be raised as to whether extracting these finite resources will lead to meaningful development for the country and her people, or plunge the country into the proverbial “resource curse”. This

7thAug

Climate Change

Strengthening national and subnational capacities to promote climate-resilient low-carbon development at subnational level in Africa and Southeast Asia: Learning through exchange and networking. This project seeks to promote diffusion of successful local climate policies and good practice across local, regional and international learning networks. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety as part of its International Climate Initiative (IKI) – mitigating greenhouse gas emissions area. ILEG is the implementing partner in Kenya under the global consortium led by Adelphi Germany GmbH. Other partners are the UN Habitat Regional office for Asia and the pacific in the Philippines and Vietnam; Sustainable Energy Africa and ONE World Sustainable Investments in South

7thAug

Climate Change

Strengthening Democracy through Community-based Participatory Planning for Climate Resilient Low Carbon Development in Kenya. Natural resources governance and local development planning provide critical entry points for fostering appropriate climate change responses, consequently improving governance and deepening democracy in Kenya. Indeed, Kenya has developed national sustainable development and global climate change adaptation and mitigation goals. These include the National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS), the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) and the Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) submitted to United nations framework Convention on Climate change (UNFCC) in July 2015. However, practical experience shows that counties are largely unable to systematically translate the national climate targets into local actions. Implementation on the ground is still sparse as the planning and