Natural Resource Management Project (Kenya)



The development objective of the Natural Resource Management Project is to enhance the institutional capacity to manage water and forest resources, reduce the incidence and severity of water shocks, such as drought, floods and water shortage in river catchments and improve the livelihoods of communities in the co-management of water and forest resources. Project restructuring is expected to adjust project outcomes so that they: are within the control of, and can be delivered by, the implementing agencies; and can be achieved during the life of the project, which is expected to close on June 30, 2013. It takes into account the following shifts in the government's forest policies: recalibration from a focus solely on forest protection to more joint forest and community management initiatives, as part of government's decentralization programs; and twinning forest control measures with rural development schemes, including support to livelihoods and social services in adjacent communities, while allowing sustainable access to forest resources. The restructuring includes a focus on updating the safeguards instruments and improving their implementation to respond to the needs of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the project areas.

The project has four components:
1) Management of Water Resources
2) Management of Forest Resources, including work on forest resource assessment
3) Assistance to Communities
4) Management and Monitoring and Evaluation

According to the June 2012 REDD Readiness Progress Fact Sheet of Kenya, the implementation of the NRMP is closely linked with the country's REDD Readiness work, and $1.8 million has been re-purposed to support priority REDD Readiness Activities.