While forests only cover rough 6% of Kenya’s total land area, they play a critical role in supporting livelihoods, providing fuel wood and preserving Kenya’s rich biodiversity. These forest lands face multiple threats from conversion to agriculture or settlements, unsustainable harvest practices, weak forest governance and forest fires. Kenya aims to revers these trends by setting ambitious targets to increase forest cover to 10% through a series of afforestation, reforestation and agroforestry initiatives.

Figure credit: CIFOR/KFRI, 2014

Adhering to the terms of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement while seeking to obtain REDD+ results-based payments, Kenya has so far achieved the following:

  • Submission of two national communications to the UNFCCC
  • Completion of a draft GHG inventory in 2019 for inclusion in Kenya’s first biennial update report
  • Ratification of the Paris Agreement and submission of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in December 2016
  • Preparation of a draft forest reference level for submission to the UNFCCC

With the support of CfRN, Kenya developed a draft GHG inventory for the AFOLU sector and compared difference IPCC methods for biomass C accounting. The RRR+ Independent Panel also conducted a quality assurance review of the draft inventory to provide feedback for Kenya’s first biennial update report and forest reference level.

Kenya also participated in CfRN’s regional and global workshops sharing experience with other African countries on best practices and lessons learned for developing AFOLU sector GHG inventories and forest reference levels.