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Land & Natural Resources Overview

Land and natural resources are Kenya’s mainstay for livelihoods and economic development. Kenya’s history is wrought with conflict based on injustices related to land ownership, use and control that were not addressed by policies and laws until the National Land Policy (2009) and the Constitution (2010) provided a framework to address them. The recent emergency of the extractive sector, buoyed by increasing discoveries of oil, gas and a variety of high value minerals in Kenya are critical for ILEG’s work.

ILEG seeks to play a critical role in the implementation of the Constitutional provisions on land and natural resources, as well as in the development and implementation of appropriate laws, regulations, institutional frameworks and capacities on land, environment, and natural resources. The Land, Resources and Equity programme aims to promote sustainable and accountable management of land and resources in land; and equitable access, utilization and sharing of benefits accruing from investments therein.

  • To undertake policy research on topical issues relevant to sustainable management, conservation and utilization of land and natural resources in Kenya and East Africa
  • To advocate for the development, review and implementation of laws and policies on sustainable management, conservation and utilization of land and natural resources in Kenya and East Africa.
  • To promote public participation and civic engagement in the management, conservation and utilization of land and natural resources in Kenya and East Africa.
  • To promote a robust and continuous dialogue among local, national and regional stakeholders in order to promote cooperation and coordination in the management, conservation and utilization of land and natural resources in Kenya and East Africa
  • To strengthen county level planning and coordination in the management of land and natural resources.
  • To strengthen capacities and enhance public awareness on sustainable management and utilization of land and natural resources.
  • To provide technical support to county and national government and other public agencies in the development, review and implementation of laws and policies related to sustainable management, conservation and utilization of land and natural resources.

Research

  • Conduct policy research on different topics around sustainable management of natural resources
  • Develop background papers to stimulate dialogue on topical land and natural resource issues.
  • Develop and disseminate policy briefs and ‘voices from the grassroots’ publications on topical land and natural resource issues.

Advocacy

  • Hold consultative meetings with law-making agencies – Kenya National Assembly and Senate, County Assemblies and the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) on prioritization and fast-tracking of natural resource-related Bills.
  • Hold multi-stakeholder forums to discuss, review and push for development, review and implementation of natural resources-related laws and policies.
  • Work with local and mainstream media to take part in TV and radio debates and develop and publish news features and opinion articles on sustainable natural resources management

Public Participation and Civic Engagement

  • Provide relevant information to citizens and civil Society organizations for informed public participation and civic engagement
  • Support citizens and civil society organizations to monitor government functioning, voice concerns, and promote accountability.
  • Support citizens and civil society to participate in public policy and decision-making forums.
  • Strengthen local community organizations and networks working on environment and natural resources issues.
  • Support community members to give inputs into annual county budgets
  • Analysis of County Budgets for land and natural resource-related allocations
  • Track county expenditure and implementation of land and natural resources projects

Capacity Building

  • Train local communities and civil society organizations on community-based natural resource management
  • Train county assemblies on legal and policy principles of natural resources management
  • Facilitate intra and inter-county as well as international cross-learning visits.
  • Provide technical support to county assembly committees to develop land and natural resource-related bills, policies motions and plans.

Past Projects

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 Asse

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 worksho

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 Asse

Mapping Poverty and Vulnerability in East Africa.

Today, close to 1.7 billion people in the world live in absolute poverty. As the world popu

Legal Framework for Beach Management Units in East Africa.

The sustainability of fisheries resources in most water bodies in East Africa is are threat

Securing Land Rights through Community Leadership and Corporate Accountability

Project Overview This project is a component of a wider international project titled ‘Fai

Strengthening County Governments’ Role on Land governance.

Project Overview The Constitution of Kenya 2010 vests enormous powers and responsibilities

The Use of Powers of Eminent Domain in Kenya

Concern about the exercise of police powers in general and eminent domain in particular in

Reforming the Institution of Community Trusts (Community Trusts as a Mechanism for CBNRM)

The management of natural resources is critical to the economy of Kenya as it impacts on in