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A New Dawn in Land-Use in Kenya

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09 July 2018
Land is the most important factor of production in Kenya. It is a critical resource and the foundation of economic development for an estimated 48 million people. 

Most livelihoods are derived from land-based activities, which entail agriculture, pastoralism, water catchment, nature reserves, urban and rural settlements, industry, mining, infrastructure, tourism and recreation, forestry, fishing, energy and preservation of cultural sites.
However, the absence of a clearly defined land and water use policy had for a long time been an area of concern.  This resulted in haphazard approach in managing different land and water use practices besides policy responses. Land use issues had for a long time been addressed through numerous uncoordinated legal and policy frameworks that did little to address challenges affecting land use management. 
The official unveiling of the National Land Use Policy implementation document by the Government of Kenya fully supported by WWF-Kenya alongside other partners in the month of June provided a progressive guide to Land Tenure, Management, Administration and Taxation. This will in turn serve to address Agricultural, Pastoralism, Livestock and Industrial Development as well as Mining, Energy, Tourism, Transport and Infrastructure. Other key areas to be tackled are Population Growth and Distribution, Productive Sustainable Use of Land particularly in Rural areas and Agricultural Development while eyeing Urban Development and Management. Critical areas that include Climate Change, Blue Economy opportunities; Surface and Underground Water Bodies as well as Trans-Boundary issues will be addressed.
The policy is guided by the philosophy that land is a critical resource and the foundation of economic development and transformation that must be managed productively, utilized sustainably and conserved for posterity.
The National Land Use Policy offers comprehensive instructions on how to coordinate all land-use planning actors and legislation in Kenya.   The roles and procedures therein will help both National and County governments understand their mandate.  This will in turn reduce inter-agency conflict and duplication in county spatial planning.
The National Land Use Policy will help non-state actors understand planning roles in government. Kenyans will interact with a planning process that is more transparent, accessible and will know who to go to, and for what, regarding any particular issue on land related matters.
The National Land Use Policy is generated from issues and recommendation reports, consultative workshops, reports documenting past initiatives, input from experts, research findings, submissions and benchmarking with best practices.
The National Land Use Policy; For a better today and tomorrow.

By Alex Kubasu