18thAug

Securing Environmental…

Securing Environmental Justice and Participatory Governance in Kenya’s Oil and Extractive Sector. 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

18thAug

Legal Framework for…

Legal Framework for Beach Management Units in East Africa. The sustainability of fisheries resources in most water bodies in East Africa is are threat. This has arisen because of poor management, leading to degradation resulting from beach pollution and the use of destructive fishing methods such as dynamite, poison and small fishnets. Such situation has necessitated the use of alternative management approaches like Beach Management Units (BMUs), which promote more community involvement in the fisheries resources management. Research has it that BMUs reduce unsustainable practices and ensures sustainable management of the fisheries resources. In 2005, ILEG partnered with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), to study the utility, dynamics and operationalization of Beach Management Units (BMUs) as a critical mechanism in the management of fisheries in Kenya. The aim

18thAug

Mapping Poverty and…

Mapping Poverty and Vulnerability in East Africa. Today, close to 1.7 billion people in the world live in absolute poverty. As the world population grows, the ultimate bearer of the consequences is the environment. Therefore, the need to work with marginalized communities to understand the root causes of their poverty and vulnerability with a view to devising strategies to mainstream their voices and innovations into development policy discourse and planning is imperative. This project sought to map poverty and vulnerability among marginalized communities with a view to providing maps as policy making tools for mainstreaming local voices into decision-making processes. The overall objective of the project was to facilitate focused bottom-up dialogue and search for integrated strategies for addressing the

18thAug

Securing Land Rights…

Securing Land Rights through Community Leadership and Corporate Accountability Project Overview This project is a component of a wider international project titled ‘Fair Green and Global (FGG)’. The Kenyan component is supported by Action Aid Kenya. Under the project, ILEG is undertaking research on Kenya’s investment code with the overall aim of providing an analysis of the status of the social, economic and environmental impact of investments in land in Kenya; reviewing and making recommendations for appropriate legal and policy provisions for investments in Kenya. Activities: Developing a background paper on the history of investments in Kenya Mapping key stakeholders for the investment framework in Kenya Reviewing policy and legislation on governing investments in Kenya Undertaking case studies in selected

18thAug

Strengthening County…

Strengthening County Governments’ Role on Land governance. Project Overview The Constitution of Kenya 2010 vests enormous powers and responsibilities on county governments in relation to land. Flowing from these powers and responsibilities, the county governments make important decisions concerning land and natural resources on which local communities depend almost exclusively for livelihoods. Against this backdrop, ILEG is implementing the project “Securing Land and Natural Assets for Local Communities by Building the Capacity of County Governments to Implement the Constitution and the New Land Laws”. The project seeks to secure the interest of local communities in land and investment decisions by working with and enhancing the capacity of county government officials on the new land laws and the constitutional provisions on