By Michael Muratha
Kenya has been involved in REDD+ Readiness Preparation for several years now. The process is coordinated by the National REDD+ Coordination Office within Kenya Forest Service, with support from multiple development partners, including the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, UN REDD program, Japan, and the Clinton Climate Initiative.
As part of the readiness process, a Consultation and Participation Plan requires to be developed to support inclusive participation and engagement of stakeholders in the planning and decision making processes for REDD+ implementation in the country. The Consultation and Participation Plan is comprised of three components including; consultation and participation plan; a communication and awareness plan and a conflict and grievances management mechanism.
The Consultation and Participation Plan for Kenya has now been developed through a multi-stakeholder consultation process. This process was coordinated by Kenya Forest Service, the REDD+ Coordination office, The Kenya Forest Working Group and the IUCN.
This will ensure full and effective participation of all stakeholders in Kenya`s national REDD+ process which is critical to ensuring that the design and implementation process suits the needs, desires and aspirations of the stakeholders. The need for full and effective participation of stakeholders in the REDD+ process has been strengthened in several policies, pieces of legislation and international agreements and standards.
Kenya Forest Service Director Emilio Mugo receives the two Kenya REDD+ Documents i.e Consultation and Participation Plan and the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment to support REDD± strategy for Kenya Road Map from Kenya Forest Working Group National Coordinator, Jackson Bambo,looking on is National REDD+ Focal Point Alfred Gichu(right),George Tarus KFS Climate Change Officer(left) and Akshay Vishwanath Programme