Tagged on: Kenya

Reports and Books
Building inclusive green economies: success stories from South-South Cooperation
United Nations Environment Programme

This report shows how South-South Cooperation is playing a key role to identify solutions to sustainable development challenges, as well as delivering new ideas and resources to advance the global transformation to an inclusive Green Economy.


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2013
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The role of forest for the Kenyan economy
United Nations Environment Programme

This report deals with the economic valuation of the forestry sector, its linkages to the Kenyan industries and the drivers of consumption. Moreover, an input-output approach is used to quantify the indirect effects of regulating ecosystem services on the economy and to discuss sustainable forest management in the light of REDD+.


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2012
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The Role and Contribution of Montane Forests and Related Ecosystem Services to the Kenyan Economy
United Nations Environment Programme

Forests and their related ecosystem services play an important role in supporting economic activities and human well-being. This publication highlights the importance and contribution of Kenya's montane forests or 'water towers' to its economy. The value-added by forest services to Kenya's economic sectors have either consistently been undervalued or ignored by headline economic indicators such as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Measuring and understanding the economic value of forests is important for decision-making processes including planning and budgetary allocations. The recently concluded UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) has re-affirmed and underlined the need to better account for natural capital and critical ecosystems such as forests and urged member states to use a 'new system of environmental and economic accounts’ towards a transition to a Green Economy. This publication represents some of the on-going efforts by the Government of Kenya in this direction, including its recently launched Green Economy initiative and the country's overarching development aspirations embedded in the strategic document entitled 'Vision 2030'. Among the six sectors identified as priorities within the Medium Term Plan 2008-2012 of Vision 2030, at least four (agriculture, tourism, wholesale and retail trade), which make up the largest part of Kenya's GDP, have linkages either directly or indirectly to montane forests and the crucial services they provide. Other sectors supported by forests include energy, inland fisheries and manufacturing.


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2012
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Inventory of Mercury Releases in Kenya
Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resource, Kenya

This inventory is prepared by an interministerial team under the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources as part of the preparations for national actions to address the growing emissions of mercu-ry, in November 2011 as part of the preparations for Kenya’s participation in the negotiations for a legally bidding mechanism for mercury emission.


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2012
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Kenya wetland atlas
United Nations Environment Programme

Wetlands are among the most important ecosystems in Kenya. This atlas details many of Kenya's wetlands and the specific pressures facing them.


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2012
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Green hills, blue cities: an ecosystems approach to water resources management for African cities
United Nations Environment Programme

Africa is currently the least urbanised region in the world, but this is changing fast. Of the billion people living on the African continent, about 40 per cent lives in urban areas. The urban population in Africa doubled from 205 million in 1990 to 400 million in 2010, and by 2050, it is expected that this would have tripled to 1.23 billion. Of this urban population, 60 per cent is living in slum conditions. In a time of such urban growth, Africa is likely to experience some of the most severe impacts of climate change, particularly when it comes to water and food security. This places huge pressures on the growing urban populations.


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2011
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Economic Analysis of mangrove forests: a case study in Gazi Bay, Kenya
United Nations Environment Programme

This study was undertaken as part of UNEP efforts of promoting forests as a significant green economy asset for Kenya. Forests should be taken into account when calculating the national accounts because the global rush for land and the increasing demand for agricultural products and urban infrastructure continue to intensify the pressure on tropical and coastal forests. The fact that forests provide goods and services which currently have no valued assigned to in economic markets exacerbates the deforestation and land conversion.


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2011
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Environmental, social and economic assessment of the fencing of the Aberdare Conservation Area
The Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Forests Working Group, United Nations Environment Programme, Rhino Ark

This study was carried out to assess the environmental, social and economic effects of the electrified fence around the Aberdare Conservation Area – a length of fence of nearly 400 km. The construction of the fence took nearly twenty years of planning, fund raising and mobilization of government, donor, private partners and adjacent communities’ resources.


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2011
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Environmental, social and economic assessment of the fencing of the Aberdare Conservation Area - Executive Summary
The Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Forests Working Group, United Nations Environment Programme, Rhino Ark

This study was carried out to assess the environmental, social and economic effects of the electrified fence around the Aberdare Conservation Area – a length of fence of nearly 400 km. The construction of the fence took nearly twenty years of planning, fund raising and mobilization of government, donor, private partners and adjacent communities’ resources.


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2011
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Assessment of Energy, Water and Waste Reduction Options for the proposed AMISOM HQ Camp in Mogadishu, Somalia and the Support Base in Mombasa, Kenya
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP undertook a preliminary assessment of the resource-demand and operating practices of two proposed African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) camps, in Mogadishu (HQ Camp), Somalia and Mombasa, Kenya (Support Base) in June 2009.The assessment compared the existing design parameters and operational specifications for each site and screened 132 potential resource efficiency measures that could be applied to achieve a reduction in energy and water consumption as well as waste production and disposal. Each option was ranked using a traffic light system according to practicality, technical robustness and financial implications. This ranking of potential resource efficiency measures was designed as an initial input to the DFS/UNSOA engineering team for further consideration and costing during the elaboration and finalization of the designs and subsequent procurement process. This report summarizes the outcomes of this assessment and provides a set of immediate, medium and long-term recommendations to DPKO and DFS for reducing energy, water and waste footprints at the two sites considered as well as in the design of future camps in other countries.


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2010