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Public-Private-People Partnerships to Save Coastal Kenya Forests
© Greg Armfield / WWF-UK

Kwale County is experiencing rapid large-scale economic developments that have the potential of impacting negatively on natural resources such as forests if not undertaken sustainably.

Project results by 2024


  • At least 30,000 ha of terrestrial forest and mangrove ecosystems in Kwale County are effectively managed
  • Key industries adopt new technologies to increase wood-based energy and water efficiency and have taken other measures to reduce their ecological footprint
  • The quality and application of key environmental and social safeguards for large-scale developments have been improved at national level and are applied in Kwale County
  • Knowledge management and Monitoring of project results and impacts   
ULTIMATELY…Our Intention is that by 2022, critical forest and mangrove ecosystems in Kwale County are secured for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, while improved safeguards are in place to protect them against impacts from new large-scale economic developments.

At The Heart of the Project


  • Establishment and building the capacity of public-private-people partnerships for improved forest management
  • Working with communities, government authorities and private sector on ecosystem restoration, sustainable management of resources and the integration of ecosystem values into policies and plans
  • Address drivers of ecosystem destruction by working with private sector to promote energy and water efficiency, strengthen the capacity of local communities to influence government decisions, building the capacity of lead government agencies and strengthening the application of environmental and social safeguards at national and local level


Global Linkages


The project will contribute to the achievement of a number of goals and objectives of the international plan for Biodiversity 2011-2010 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD, Aichi Targets) & The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



1. Government Partners


  • Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) - Drive coastal protection, mangrove forest management and related research
  • Kenya Forest Service (KFS) – Spearhead forest management, protection and restoration, establishing sustainable wood fuel production and capacity building of Community Forest Associations (CFAs) and communities
  • National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) – Supported at both national and local level to improve Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) processes and standards, environmental monitoring, operationalization of the environmental bond and increase compliance of private sector to the regulations and to cleaner production technologies
  • Kwale County Government will be supported in the development and enforcement of county sector plans, international best practices, standards and regulations as well as to participate effectively in the public-private-people platform and round tables


2. Private sector

  • The private sector will be influenced to increase their compliance to regulations and environmental best practice. They Include:
  • Dokata Ranch shareholders - Partner in forest restoration and become a model for best practices for improved rangeland management
  • South Coast Family Forest Cooperative Society - Trained to adopt wood-efficient technologies and sustainable production as well as implement the county charcoal regulations
  • Coast Calcium and Pwani Oil - Sensitized to reduce their ecological footprints through capacity building in energy and water efficient technology
  • The Kwale International Sugar Company (KISCOL) will be sensitized on sustainable water management and promote water stewardship mechanisms in partnership with other players.


3. Local Communities

The project will directly target and benefit local communities through increased forest resources management capacity and income opportunities from ecosystem services. These will include:
  • Kwale County Natural Resources Network (KCNRN)
  • Community Forest Associations (CFAs): Vanga-Gazi block, Mwache Tsunza area and Mrimadzo(Marenje, Mrima, Dzombo)
  • communities living around the Shimba Hills Ecosystem
  • Members of the Southern Kayas
The 4-Year Project is Supported by the Government of Germany & WWF Germany through WWF-Kenya. The total budget is 3.1 Million Euros. -


This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.

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