Natural Resource Management Programme

The Natural Resource Management Programme (NRMP) aims to help achieve Kenya’s Vision 2030 by reducing poverty through sustainable management of natural resources. The implementing agencies for this Programme include the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources (MEMR), the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the Ministry of State for the Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands (MDNKOAL), the Community Development Trust Fund (CDTF), and the Microfinance Enterprises Support Programme Trust (ADB/MESPT).

In formulating the programme of support, the NRMP partners recognized the importance of continuously sharing knowledge and developing new approaches and strategies for natural resource management in Kenya. The NRMP Programme Document therefore stipulates that a NRM Forum is to be held annually to enhance dialogue, cooperation and synergies between the partners in particular thematic topics of interest to the Programme.

The first such Forum was held on 10 February 2011 at Panafric Hotel in Nairobi. It theme was “Engaging the Private Sector in Promotion of Green Growth in Kenya”. It followed up on the discussions and conclusions that emerged from the Green Growth Conference held on 31 January 2011 at the Danish Embassy. It helped the implementing partners to institutionalize many of the recommendations through their annual work plans for the financial year 2011/2012.

This 2nd Annual NRMP Forum was held from 22-23 March 2012 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC). Like the first annual forum, it sought to put into context the major issues of the day, such as the implementation of sustainable development in a devolved system of governance under the Kenya Constitution 2010, the Green Growth Agenda in the context of Vision 2030, the challenge of climate change, and the country’s plans for Rio 20. The theme was Promoting a Green Economy at County Level

The Forum brought together the NRMP stakeholders from national and county level to discuss possibilities for promoting natural resources management against the backdrop of these important themes of common interest. It also examined different approaches for the NRMP partners to enhance cooperation and synergies across the different components of the NRMP.

Lastly, this forum was organized and convened by the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources (MEMR) in collaboration with the NRMP partners and was supported by the Danish Embassy. The Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG) provided technical and logistical support in organizing the Forum.