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  1. Thank you Kasaon Stephanie.

    One of your recommendations is on how the communities could lobby for increased participation under reformed institutional arrangements.

    My question is: In line with the subsidiarity principle, what are the roles, responsibilities (maybe even resources) that the community could manage locally?

    1. Thank you for your comment Mapedza. The current decentralized forest institutional structure creates avenues for the forest communities to co-manage forests with the Kenya forest Service(state body) at the local level. The community forest associations are involved in forest monitoring and rule enforcement. There is however a missing link in terms of making and influencing forest rules. This could be done through liaising with the county governments(devolved government structures from the national level). There is currently no official body or linkages between the Community forest associations, the Kenya forest service and the county governments at the local, regional and national levels. Linking them at the county and sub-county levels would ensure the subsidiarity principle is upheld while linking them horizontally and vertically through to the national level ensures the community is represented and involved in policy making.

  2. Thank you for your presentation. I was struct by the large percentage of women who were part of these management committees. Is that indicative of the culture of the area? or to what do you attribute this high level? Many studies show that women are often marginalized from such committees.

    1. Thank you for your comment Carolyn. The high percentage of women participation in leadership does not indicate the current situation-the figure represents the associations that have ever included women in leadership since their formation. That being said, it is a comparatively high number and this can be attributed to the general women empowerment drives and campaigns in the country(in education, politics, employment) that may have influenced their participation. There is currently a general rule mandating a third of committees and leadership positions to be filled with women. This may further influence the participation of women in forest associations.

    2. Thank you for your comment Mapedza. The current decentralized forest institutional structure creates avenues for the forest communities to co-manage forests with the Kenya forest Service(state body) at the local level. The community forest associations are involved in forest monitoring and rule enforcement. There is however a missing link in terms of making and influencing forest rules. This could be done through liaising with the county governments(devolved government structures from the national level). There is currently no official body or linkages between the Community forest associations, the Kenya forest service and the county governments at the local, regional and national levels. Linking them at the county and sub-county levels would ensure the subsidiarity principle is upheld while linking them horizontally and vertically through to the national level ensures the community is represented and involved in policy making.

  3. Thank you for your comment Mapedza. The current decentralized forest institutional structure creates avenues for the forest communities to co-manage forests with the Kenya forest Service(state body) at the local level. The community forest associations are involved in forest monitoring and rule enforcement. There is however a missing link in terms of making and influencing forest rules. This could be done through liaising with the county governments(devolved government structures from the national level). There is currently no official body or linkages between the Community forest associations, the Kenya forest service and the county governments at the local, regional and national levels. Linking them at the county and sub-county levels would ensure the subsidiarity principle is upheld while linking them horizontally and vertically through to the national level ensures the community is represented and involved in policy making.

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