Kenya Forest Service

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The Kenya Forest Service is an agency of the Government of Kenya designated by the Forest Act of 2005[1] as the replacement for the old Forest Department.[2] It is overseen by the Board of the Kenya Forest Service. The former Forest Department was supported almost entirely from forest revenues, and was, as a result, chronically underfunded.[3] Under the 2005 Forest Act this has changed somewhat, with for example, the creation of special funds such as the Water Towers Conservation Fund,[4][5] a portion of which goes to forest rehabilitation, and the Mau Rehabilitation Trust Fund, for the Mau Forest.[6] As of 2003, Kenya had 1.57 million hectares of gazetted forest.[7]

Mission[edit]

Among the responsibilities of the Kenya Forest Service are to:

  • own,[8] manage and protect all state forests[9]
  • promote forestry education and training[9] and operate the Kenya Forestry College[10]
  • enforce the conditions and regulations pertaining to logging, charcoal making and other forest utilisation activities[9]
  • apprehend and prosecute violators of forest law and regulations[11][12]
  • collect revenues from exploitation of forest products[11]

Forest management plans[edit]

The Kenya Forest Service has begun issuing management plans for individual forests. Plans are in effect for:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Parliament of Kenya (29 November 2005), "Supplement No. 88: Forest Act, 2005 (Act No. 7 of 2005)", Kenya Gazette, Nairobi: Government of Kenya, pp. 229–305, archived from the original on 8 August 2012 
  2. ^ Nelson, Peter et al. (2007). Strategic Environmental Assrssment of the Kenya Forets Act 2005. The World Bank. Archived from the original on 7 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Mbugua, David K. (2003). The forest revenue system and government expenditure on forestry in Kenya. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 
  4. ^ Njagih, Moses (20 August 2010). "Special fund to restore water towers created". Standard Digital. Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Kenya Minister for Finance (30 July 2010). "The Government Financial Management (water Towers Conservation Funds) Regulations, 2010". Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sh200 million to save Mau". Comiform. 22 March 2012. Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Mbugua 2003, p. xiii
  8. ^ Parliament 2005, p. 236
  9. ^ a b c Parliament 2005, p. 241
  10. ^ Parliament 2005, p. 237
  11. ^ a b Parliament 2005, p. 242
  12. ^ Parliament 2005, pp. 279–280
  13. ^ The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Management Team (February 2002). "Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Strategic Forest Management Plan 2002-2027". Archived from the original on 12 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Improved livelihoods at Arabuko-Sokoke Forest in Kenya". BirdLife International. 2008. Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. 
  15. ^ Peter, Christian Albert (23 January 2012). "Kenya Natural Resource Management Project P095050 - Implementation Status Results Report : Sequence 16". Washington, DC: World Bank. Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. 
  16. ^ Danyo, Stephen (2013). "Kenya Natural Resource Management Project P095050 - Implementation Status Results Report : Sequence 18". Washington, DC: World Bank. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. 
  17. ^ Redfern, Paul (22 February 2014). "NGOs force EA govts to stop evictions". The East African. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. 
  18. ^ Maina, Nelson M. (2010). "Sustainable Forest Management and Food Security". Kenya Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife. Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. 
  19. ^ Ngunjiri, Charles (7 February 2011). "Kereita Forest Management Plan Launched". Kenya Forest Service. Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. 
  20. ^ a b Ngunjiri, Charles (14 February 2011). "Get Involved To Reap Benefits From Forests". Kenya Forest Service. Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. 
  21. ^ Mangat, Rupi (2 May 2014). "Saving Nandi’s age-old forests". The East African. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "EAWLS in first-ever Kenya Mangrove Management Plan". Ndege News (Air Kenya). 13 December 2011. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. 

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