When Kenya adopted its new constitution in 2010, much responsibility for managing natural resources was devolved to the newly established county governments. The decision to devolve also allowed local communities and civil society organisations greater participation in governing the use of natural resource within their county. The Kwale County Natural Resource Network (KCNRN), formed in 2011, has seized this opportunity and become the key grassroots stakeholder in promoting the sustainable management of natural resources in Kwale County.
KCNRN coordinator Mohammed Ali told the V-LED project team: the network mobilises communities to play an active role in the formulation of policies and legislations: “we are empowering the citizens of Kwale to participate in policy and budget making processes, (…) for their voices to be heard during planning sessions”.
The network is actively involved in reviewing, commenting and drafting county polices. In doing that, they also play a critical role in fighting the impacts of climate change in their county.
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We are happy that the V-LED project was able to support this process through its GPE and dialogue event on climate change and forest governance.
This great achievement for sustainable natural resource governance in Kwale motivates for more, Nathanial Mwangekas: “In meetings when the county is preparing the county spatial plan and the integrated county development plan - we remind them that they should ensure issues to do with the SDGs and climate change are considered. Without capturing them at the planning stage they will never be addressed.”
So what is the next step? Together with ILEG, the KUZA-team Imarisha Vijana Alliance and the V-LED project – KCNRN will develop and advocate for a climate change bill for Kwale County. Way to go!