The forestry sector in Africa and in Kenya is faced with a myriad of challenges; deforestation and forest degradation remains the principal challenges in this sector and are driven by factors that include encroachment, logging, charcoal production among others. These diverse and dynamic challenges affecting the forests calls or a multifaceted approach in addressing them.
The society has been on the forefront in advocating for protection of our forests and this has been demonstrated by our work in advocating and contributing to policy review in forestry and other conservation areas, supporting communities in restoration work and advocacy against destruction of forests among other interventions.
Furthermore, EAWLS has also supported the establishment of county based natural resource networks in four counties: Nakuru, Kwale, Laikipia and Samburu. The EAWLS has been on the forefront in the advocacy on conservation issues and through this approach a number of successes have been registered including saving tana delta from development, halting the destruction of over 1000 ha of South Nandi Forest, signing of an MoU between governments of Kenya and Tanzania on cross-border illegal trade on forest products among other interventions.
- “Promoting Climate Change Adaptation for Natural resource Dependent Communities in Narok and Best Practices in Energy and Livestock.” This project advocated for integration of climate change adaptation into sectoral policies, plans and strategies in Narok County and enhanced the capacity of Narok residents especially women to respond to climate change impacts.
- “Addressing climate change for improved economic empowerment of youth and women through forestry and agroforestry in Makueni County”. Through this project, EAWLS sensitized women and youths on the role of forestry/agroforestry in climate change mitigation and adaptation and a training module developed. The information generated during the project was shared with the County Government of Makueni to inform the review of the County Integrated Development Plan.
- “Advocating for the one third gender rule in the Climate Change Council of Kenya”. EAWLS advocated for the inclusion of women in the climate change council through media campaign.
- Forest Recovery Policy and Strategies Project in partnership with UNDP
The project aimed at facilitating a number of capacity building sessions for Community Forest Associations (CFAs) on leadership, advocacy, enterprise development, negotiations, networking, decision making, conflict resolution and energy saving techniques/jiko installations. EAWLS through KFWG also helped CFAs establish and engage in income generation from alternative livelihoods such as beekeeping in Karura Forest, Nairobi.
- Development of business plans for conservation of independent micro enterprises, Funded in partnership with FAO.
This project facilitated development of business plans for conservation of independent micro enterprises in Hombe, Gathiuru, Kabaru, Upper Imenti, Shamanek and Noth Kinangop
- Community Based Integrated Forest Resource Conservation and Management Project, in partnership with UNEP
Through this project, community members were trained on tree planting, alternative source of income and energy saving technologies and local households /institutions supported in acquiring and using energy saving stoves/technologies. Forest management plans for various forest blocks of Maasai Mau forest were developed.
- Supporting citizen participation in the review of the Forests Act for improved forest governance, funded by UNDP
Supported participation and contribution of Siaya and Homabay Counties in the ongoing Forest Bill review and sensitization
- Promoting climate change adaptation for natural resource dependent communities in Narok County in partnership with ACT!
The project aimed at Improving livelihood support systems and ecosystem resilience through adaptation to best practices and technologies on climate change and sustainable energy utilization