Kenya: Securing Rights to Land and Natural Resources for Biodiversity and Livelihoods

Completed Project
Project Countries: Kenya
Thematic Issues: Climate Change and Natural Resource Management, Customary and Community Tenure
Project Duration: 2009 to 2012
Approximate Funding: $1,192,809

Securing Rights to Land and Natural Resources for Biodiversity and Livelihoods (SECURE) supported the Kenya Ministry of Lands and the Kenya Wildlife Service to strengthen land and resource rights of indigenous coastal communities, improve livelihoods, promote sustainable natural resource management, and support biodiversity conservation in and around three national reserves on the northeast coast of Kenya.

Objectives

  • Improve land and natural resource tenure security and reduce conflict over natural assets.
  • Improve management of protected and biologically sensitive areas.
  • Provide lessons learned to inform policy implementation and development.

Outcomes

  • Provided assessments for three land bills leading to stronger and more inclusive language in the final bills which were passed by the Kenyan Parliament and signed by the President in June 2012.
  • Providing on-going assistance for improvements to the Community Land Law in Kenya.
  • Completed a participatory mapping process in the Boni-Lungi-Dodori forest areas of Lamu County that inventoried natural resources for the purpose of identifying community land boundaries, protecting/conserving area resources, and serving as the framework for establishing shared use and access rights.