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KFS has the mandate to manage all gazetted forest plantations
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KFS has the mandate to manage, protect and conserve all gazetted natural forests
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About KFS

Kenya Forest Service is a State Corporation established in February 2007 under the Forest Act 2005 to conserve,develop and sustainably manage forest resources for Kenya's social-economic development.

 

The KFS management structure comprises 10 conservancies that are ecologically demarcated, 76 Zonal Forest Offices, 150 forest Stations, and 250 divisional forest extension offices located countrywide, and critical in forest management and surveillance.


To participate in forest management, forest adjacent communities have formed registered groups and are currently working with KFS to sustainably manage forest resources. In total, there are 325 community forest associations.

MANDATE

To conserve, develop and sustainably manage forestry resources.

VISION

To be the leading organization of excellence in sustainable forest management and conservation globally.

MISSION

To enhance conservation and sustainable management of forests and allied resources for environmental stability and social-economic development.

CORE FUNCTIONS

  • Sustainably manage natural forests for social, economic and environmental benefits.
  • Increase productivity of industrial forest plantations and enhance efficiency in wood utilization.
  • Promote farm forestry and commercial tree farming.
  • Promote efficient utilization and marketing of forest products.
  • Promote sustainable management of forests in the drylands.
  • Protect forestry resources and KFS properties.
  • Develop and maintain essential infrastructure for effective forest management and protection.

News Flash

 

 

Forests and Landscape Restoration – A key component of climate change mitigation and Adaptation. 

 

By the National REDD+ Coordination Office

 

In many parts of the world, people have started to restore degraded forests and landscapes, creating many new opportunities to reduce poverty, improve food security, address climate change and conserve soil, water and biodiversity. The growing awareness of the importance of forest and landscape restoration can be attributed to several international processes, including the UNFCCC, Bonn Challenge which set a target of restoring at least 150 million hectares of degraded land by 2020 and the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Biodiversity Targets which calls for countries to restore at least 15 percent of their degraded ecosystems by 2020. 

 

Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) refers to a process that aims to regain ecological integrity and enhance human well being in deforested or degraded forest landscapes by restoring the function and productivity of degraded forest lands. FLR relies on active stakeholder engagement and can accommodate different land uses, including agriculture, agroforestry, protected wildlife reserves, regenerated forests, managed plantations, and riverside plantings. 

 

Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) has been identified as a key area of focus if the forestry sector is to support the realization of national goals and ambitions reflected in several legislations, policies, economic blue prints and strategies. 

 

To ensure effectiveness and harmonization of on-going and future restoration initiatives in the country, the government through Kenya Forest Service is coordinating a multi-stakeholder project on “National Landscape Restoration Mapping” in collaboration with the World Resource Institute, Clinton Climate Initiative and the Green Belt Movement.  

 

Further to this, the landscape restoration will be an important tool in helping the country meet its economic, development and environmental goals. To ensure these initiatives are linked and coordinated, Kenya Forest Service has established a Landscape Restoration Technical Working Group, with its members drawn from multiple sectors. The working group has so far made tremendous progress on analyzing landscape restoration options for the country. The options identified include reforestation and rehabilitation of natural forests, farm forestry and woodlots on cropland, commercial tree and bamboo plantations, tree- based buffers along waterways, wetlands and roads, as well as silvo-pastoral and rangeland restoration. This restoration options have the potential to restore ecosystems services associated with trees, such as erosion control, regulation of water flows, soil quality and forest habitat. 

 

In addition the Technical Working Group has produced maps and associated area statistics as proposed priority restoration areas. These maps will help in identifying opportunities to scale up restoration efforts to reduce erosion, increase livelihood diversification, fodder production, as well as present potential areas for commercial plantations among others. 

 

This project is coordinated under the overall guidance of the National REDD+ Coordination Office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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