Since its inception in 1995, the Kenya Forests Working Group (KFWG), an EAWLS-led forum, has been carrying out advocacy work and has driven policy reforms in the country’s forestry sector. The network has been key in the development of forestry laws, regulations and sound governance. KFWG also runs a monthly forum every last Friday of the month that brings together stakeholders from various parts of Kenya in the forest sector to deliberate on emerging issues that require urgent action.
The KFWG secretariat at EAWLS collaborates with government agencies and local communities and has played crucial roles in promoting the integration of local communities in forest conservation and worked to improve the capacity of communities for effective participation.
Since the beginning of 2019, KFWG’s Management Committee and the secretariat have been looking into ways of making the network more vibrant and efficient in executing its advocacy mandate and playing its watchdog role to ensure sound management and conservation of forest resources in the country.
Following a meeting held on the 18th June, 2019, a resolution on the way forward was passed. It underlines the need for the network to review its strategies further to ensure continued impact through engagement in the sector with other partners. The secretariat organised a stakeholders meeting on 2nd August, 2019. The forum deliberated on a plan to revise the KFWG strategy later in August.