Mandate and Functions of the Kenya Forest Service
The Kenya Forest Service is a state corporation that was established under the Forest Act, 2005 (henceforth referred to as the Act). Commencing its operations in February 2007, the Service’s expressed mandate is:
To enhance development, conservation and management of Kenya’s forest resources base in all public forests, and assist County Governments to develop and manage forest resources on community and private lands for the equitable benefit of present and future generations.
In carrying out its mandate, the functions of KFS include among others:
- Conserve, protect and manage all public forests in accordance with the provisions of the Act;
- Prepare and implement management plans for all public forests, and upon request, prepare management plan for forests on community land or private land in consultation with forest owners;
- Assess applications for the use of forests and forest resources to individuals, corporate bodies and communities, and issue licenses to this effect and in accordance with the Act;
- Establish and implement benefit sharing arrangements in accordance with the provisions of the Act;
- Assist County Governments to build capacity for forestry development on community and private lands;
- In consultation with relevant stakeholders, develop programmes for tourism and for recreational and ceremonial use of public forests;
- Promote forestry education and training;
- Register and maintain a register of all forest management plans on public land
- Collaborate with individuals, as well as private and public research institutions in identifying research needs and applying research findings;
- Manage water catchment areas primarily for soil and water conservation, carbon sequestration and other environmental services; and
- Enforce the provisions of the Act and any forestry and land use rules and regulations made pursuant to any other written law.
From its mandate and functions, KFS is therefore both a service provider working with partners and stakeholders for the sustainable management and utilisation of forest resources, and an enforcement agency.
To be an internationally recognized organisation for excellence in knowledge-based sustainable forest resources management and conservation.
Conservation, sustainable development, management and utilisation of the country’s forest resources for equitable benefit of present and future generations.
The overall goal of this Strategic Plan is to increase the national forest cover by 1% in the next three years.
- Increase net forest cover
- Strengthen financial base
- Enhance conseravtion, sustainable management and utilisation of forests by improving livelihoods in rural areas
- Effectively manage information within interactive intergrated information systems in support of business processes and improved service delivery
- Strenghten institutional capacity to deliver on it’s mandate
The development and realisation of the strategic objectives are guided by the following principles:
Public good: Taking into consideration the multiple roles played by forests, and that all forests, irrespective of ownership, must serve a common good for present and future generations.
Ecosystem approach: Adoption of an integrated ecosystem approach to conserving and managing forest resources, paying particular attention to ecologically fragile areas.
Sustainable forest management: Sustainable management of all forest resources to yield social, economic and ecological goods and services for current and future generations.
Good governance: The rule of law, effective institutions, access to information, transparency and accountability, professional ethics, non-discrimination, and use of rightsbased approaches.
Public participation: Participatory approaches in forest conservation and management will be enhanced to ensure that the relevant government agencies, county governments, private sector, civil society and communities are involved.
Partnerships: Establish partnerships to meet organisational objectives. Application of research, education, knowledge and technology: Decisions on forest management and conservation shall be informed by forestry science founded on appropriate knowledge derived from research, professionalism, international best practice
and information sharing.
Inclusivity: Welcoming persons living with disabilities and those from marginalised groups. Meritocracy, Creativity and Innovation: These will be encouraged and rewarded for pursuit of excellence and self-actualisation.
Our core values form the foundation of how we carry out our duties and conduct ourselves. Core values are not work descriptions or strategies used to meet our objectives.
They are the practices we use on a daily basis, in everything we do. They underpin our work, how we relate to each other and to our customers, and which strategies we employ to meet our mission. KFS will be guided by the following core values:
Customer Focus: We shall strive to ensure that the service we provide shall meet or exceed our customers’ expectations.
Scientific principles and professionalism: Decision making and practice will be based on current scientific knowledge and practice.
Integrity and ethics: We shall conduct our daily business on the basis of accountability and transparency, with a zero tolerance for corruption.
Teamwork: Only by pulling together in the same direction will we be able to achieve our shared vision. Teamwork will embrace mutual support, active participation, collective responsibility, open communication, information sharing and mentoring.
Prudent management of resources: We shall continually promote efficiency and effectiveness.
Gender equity: Will be pursued through fairness, affirmative action and sensitivity to gender
Accountability and Responsibility: We shall demonstrate accountability and responsibility and project a good public image.