Kenya is endowed with a wide range of forest ecosystems ranging from montane rainforests, savannah woodlands; dry forests and coastal forests and mangroves. The current forest cover of 7.2% of the land area of the country is still below the constitutional requirement of 10%. These forests have high species richness and endemism, which has made the country be classified as mega diverse. They rank high as the country’s natural asset, due to their environmental, life supporting functions, and the provision of diverse good and services.
Participatory Forest Management strategic objective is to Enhance conservation sustainable management and utilization of forests by improving livelihoods in rural areas and to Conserve biodiversity while enhancing people’s livelihoods as well as to ensure the sustainable use of forests.
The overall policy goal of participatory forest management is sustainable development, management, utilization and conservation of forest resources and equitable sharing of accrued benefits for the present and future generations of the forest adjacent communities and citizens at large. The objectives of this policy are to:- Increase and maintain tree and forest cover of at least ten percent of the land area of Kenya.