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1 September 2016 Implementation of Participatory Forest Management in Kenya: A Case Study of Karima Forest
S.H. Thygesen, T. Løber, E.M. Skensved, C.P. Hansen
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Abstract

This paper analyzes the distribution of powers before and after the implementation of participatory forest management (PFM) in Kenya. The paper is a case study of the Karima forest in the Central Highlands of Kenya. The study relies primarily on 34 semi-structured interviews with key actors involved in and affected by the PFM. The paper finds that the established Community Forest Association (CFA) has not been entrusted with significant powers; all powers and benefits remain with the local authority (county government). Moreover, the paper documents that the CFA offers a poor representation of the forest communities and weak downward accountability relations. Finally, it illustrates a planning process, which has weaknesses in participation and inclusiveness. Consequently, the paper suggests three areas for PFM policy reform in Kenya: (i) the role (powers) and function of CFAs; (ii) benefit sharing; and (iii) ways to make the PFM process more participatory and inclusive.

S.H. Thygesen, T. Løber, E.M. Skensved, and C.P. Hansen "Implementation of Participatory Forest Management in Kenya: A Case Study of Karima Forest," International Forestry Review 18(3), 357-368, (1 September 2016). https://doi.org/10.1505/146554816819501673
Published: 1 September 2016
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