NETFUND Secures New Funding to Support Restoration of Kenya’s Threatened Ecological Corridors

The National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) has secured USD. 3.9 million from the Global Biodiversity Framework Fund to support restoration of threatened ecological corridors in Kenya. The 4-year programme that targets the Northern wildlife migratory corridor in Laikipia was co-developed with the Word Bank.

Interventions under the project are expected to significantly strengthen the management, governance and coordination of targeted ecosystems, restore degraded forests, wetlands, and rangelands within them and enhance alternative livelihoods for communities that depend on them. It will also support establishment of an investment and intervention plan for the management of ecological corridors in Kenya, along with a review of county spatial plans.

The project adopts a multistakeholder implementation model where several partners will be relied on to deploy their unique strength, with NETFUND as the executing agency. The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Forestry will provide strategic guidance and oversight while the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) will support reforestation activities and research respectively.

Other critical partners include; the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), the Kenya Water Towers Agency (KWTA), the State Department of Wildlife, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and relevant county governments. Non-state actors such as the Laikipia Conservancies Association, Northern Rangelands Trust, and Laikipia Wildlife Forum will also be integral to the project’s implementation.

This action aligns with Kenya’s Climate Change plans and strategies and meaningfully supports the attainment of the Country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Vision 2030, the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) through landscape restoration and climate change adaptation measures.

NETFUND, tasked with mobilising resources for sustainable environmental management in the country, has lately been greatly focusing on availing the necessary funds to restore and protect Kenya’s rich but critically threatened ecosystems and landscapes. In addition to this project, the Fund is also executing programmes aimed at supporting restoration, protection and provision of alternative community livelihoods in such other forest ecosystems as Kakamega, Kaptagat and Cherangany Forests.

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