2nd National Participatory Forest Management Conference (Kenya)

Event date: 15 July 2014 - 16 July 2014

Dates: 15 – 16 July 2014
Venue: Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Muguga 
Kenya Forest Service 
Contact the Conference Secretariat, Kenya Forest Service | Tel +254-721 990892 Mobile +254 722 354 290 | Email: pfmconference@kenyaforestservice.org or pfmconference2014@gmail.com 

Description: The theme for the 2nd National Participatory Forest Management Conference  in Kenya is “ENHANCING PARTICIPATORY FOREST MANAGEMENT UNDER DEVOLVED GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE”.

To inform PFM implementation under the devolved governance structure in Kenya, taking cognizance of past national and regional experiences, for sustainable forest management and improved livelihoods. 

Target audience:
Forestry professionals, Community Based Forest Associations, National and County policy makers, development partners, government institutions and agencies, private companies and individuals with interest in forestry. 

Conference themes
1.Experiences with PFM implementation under the Forests Act 2005: Has PFM contributed to sustainable forest management and improved livelihoods? Do CFAs have adequate capacity to engage in PFM? Are they representative of the commu-nity stakes in forest uses? Has PFM worked in non-state forests? What are the factors that lead to PFM variations across various forest areas? How do CFAs relate with other community institutions involved in natural resources management? Has access to infor-mation on PFM improved? How can PFM monitoring be enhanced for all key stake-holders? What are lessons learnt and best PFM practices for various forest types and tenure in Kenya and beyond? 

2.PFM under changing policy and legal frameworks: Is the existing and pro-posed policy and legal framework supportive of PFM? Are the existing forest govern-ance structures adequate and if not how can they be enhanced? Are there complemen-tarities in institutions handling natural resources management? What is the implica-tion of The Constitution of Kenya, 2010 on PFM? What is the effect of devolution on PFM? Is PFM being integrated into the county laws and the emerging institutional framework? What are the experiences and lessons learnt? 

3. PFM planning and plan implementation experiences: How applicable are PFM and Participatory Forest Management Plan (PFMP) guidelines and should we have standards? Have they led to cost efficient and effective planning? What is the national status of CFAs? What is the national status of PFMP development, approval and implementation? What is the status of mainstreaming good governance and cross-cutting themes in PFM? Do stakeholders have capacity to implement PFMPs? What are the national and regional lessons learnt and best practices? 

4. Costs and Benefits in PFM: What are the costs and benefits of PFM? What are lessons learnt on valuation of costs and benefits under PFM? Is there potential for benefit enhancement – PES, REDD+, etc? Are there adequate and equitable cost/benefit sharing mechanisms, and supportive legal framework? Has PFM been pro-poor? What is the contribution of PFM to the rural economy? What is the PFM sus-tainability options including incentives? What are the sources of PFM funding and how sustainable are they? What are the lessons learnt and best practices?