18thAug

Anchoring the promise…

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

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

Promoting Open and…

Promoting Open and accountable Oil Governance for peace and Sustainable Development in East Africa. Topics Project Overview Community and civil society seminar and experience-sharing workshop on Impacts of oil exploration in Nyakach on local communities New Extractive Sector Forum to facilitate Civil Society-Industry-Academia Engagement in Kenya’s extractive sector The news of discovery of oil, gas and other minerals in various parts of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania has been received with great enthusiasm by both citizens and the governments of the three countries. Experiences from other countries in Africa however indicate that oil, gas and mineral extraction can lead to displacement of communities and the accompanying loss of land rights and livelihoods, widespread environmental degradation, endemic corruption, poor governance and a

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