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Verrah Otiende - Public Policy for ILM in Kenya

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Verrah Otiende of ICRAF introduces the policy parallel session at the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature in Africa Conference with a review of the national policy dialogue for ILM process in Kenya, as an example of the sort of action that could be taken in countries across Africa to streamline the policy environment to enable ILM.

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Verrah Otiende - Public Policy for ILM in Kenya

  1. 1. Public Policy for ILM in Kenya Overview of Dialogue Process Verrah Otiende, World Agroforestry Centre July 2, 2014 World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi
  2. 2. Policy dialogue process objectives Overall: Improve the policy and institutional framework for ILM in Kenya based on landscape leader and policymaker engagement • To assess the elements of Kenya’s current policy and institutional frameworks • To identify the policy needs and recommendations from Kenyan Integrated Landscape Initiatives • To identify ILM policy perspectives of key policymakers • To facilitate an exchange of ideas among landscape leaders and policymakers • To develop an action plan for landscape leaders and policymakers to work together to improve the policy environment for ILM
  3. 3. Review of policy dialogue process • Phase 1: site-level policy dialogues – 5 target sites: Embu, Bungoma, Lari, Laikipia, Naivasha – 3-day field consultations with key stakeholders – Results synthesized into individual site reports and one synthesis report
  4. 4. Review of policy dialogue process Phase 2: National-level policy dialogue – Shared experiences among 5 landscapes, county- and national- level policymakers – Discussed recommendations to improve policy and institutional framework for ILM – Deliberated on appropriate roles for civil society, county- and national-level policymakers post-devolution – Identified action steps to support ILM at the landscape, county and national levels
  5. 5. Summary of initial outcomes • Cross-cutting policy recommendations – Empower civil society participation in policy development/landscape planning process – Support multi-stakeholder collaboration/platforms at landscape or county scale – Implement integrated land use/spatial planning at all relevant scales
  6. 6. Summary of initial outcomes • Cross-cutting policy recommendations – Develop/enhance incentive mechanisms/market opportunities for ILM – Implement and enforce policies supportive of ILM – Harmonize policies vertically (national, county, landscape levels) and horizontally (between sectors)
  7. 7. Proposed action steps • National Land Commission to assess and harmonize government policies related to ILM • Develop knowledge-sharing network including civil society and government representation • Develop civil society policy advocacy network • National policy dialogue on PES
  8. 8. Thank you!

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