Country Area : 591,958 km2

Forested Area (1000 ha) : 4,413

UN-REDD Programme Partner Country : Yes (as of February 2010)

Type of UN-REDD Programme Support Received : Targeted support

FCPF Member : No

Active FCPF Grant Holder: Yes

Readiness Grant Holder: Yes

Carbon Fund: No

The UN-REDD Programme supported Kenya in 2017 through the facilitation of South-South technical exchanges between Kenya and Uganda to share knowledge of FREL and NFMS design and operationalization. Knowledge gained through these exchanges will strengthen a future FREL submission to the UNFCCC, although further support to the country is required to ensure good technical quality. The UN-REDD Programme also supported Kenya with capacity-building on the land cover classification system, which strengthens approaches to forest mapping and FREL design.

(Update Annual Report 2017)

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Total Approved Targeted Support Amount (US$) 967,385
#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 09.07.2012
Date of Approval 29.08.2012
Implementation Period (Months) 12
Status Completed
Amount Requested US$ 175,800
Amount Approved US$ 175,800
UN Agency Providing Support
Safeguards and Multiple Benefits
Green Economy and Private Sector


Lead National Institution: Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife



  1. Comprehensive gap analysis of the forest-related legal framework relevant to REDD+ undertaken and REDD+ provisions drafted to clarify and regulate major REDD+ legal issues prioritized by the Government focusing on land and Carbon tenure issues.

  2. .Anti-corruption capacities for carbon finance & REDD+ enhanced.

  3. Policy framework around carbon rights and benefit-sharing arrangements for REDD+ analysed and discussed among stakeholders.

  4. High-level panel on green economy investment in forests organized. 

  5. Findings of the economic valuation of forest ecosystem study 'The Role and Contributions of Montane Forests and Related Ecosystem Services to the Kenyan Economy' disseminated during high-level event).

#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 18.10.2013
Date of Approval 08.11.2013
Implementation Period (Months) 12
Status Under Implementation
Amount Requested US$ 250,000
Amount Approved US$ 250,000
UN Agency Providing Support


Lead National Institution: Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife.


(Follow up on TS1)

  1. Policy dialogue, based on development of policy document, undertaken with stakeholders.
  2. Transparency in REDD promoted and capacities to mitigate corruption risk enhanced.
  3. National guidelines on stakeholder engagement and FPIC developed and applied in all forest carbon projects.


#   Timeline   Financial Information   Work Area (SNA Outcome)
Date of Request 20.05.2014
Date of Approval 20.06.2014
Implementation Period (Months) 11
Status Under Implementation
Amount Requested US$ 541,000
Amount Approved US$ 541,585
UN Agency Providing Support
MRV and Monitoring
Green Economy and Private Sector


Lead National Institution: Ministry of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources FAO: Kenya Forestry Services (KFS)


  1. REDD+ infused into the formulation process of the National Climate Change Policy and Law.

  2. A legal framework promoting the involvement of non-state actors in REDD+ decision making processes developed and anchors for this framework identified

  3. REDD+ infused into the legislative and participative processes advancing the concept of community land and tenure issues.

  4. Momentum built to facilitate the adoption of the benefit sharing regulation under the Forestry and Wildlife conservation and Management Bill.

  5. Spatial data collected in a data registry, and maps produced for the purpose of informing REDD+ decision making.

  6. Enhanced capacity of GIS staff in constructing maps.

  7. Updated and detailed MRV roadmap.

  8. Accuracy assessment of land cover maps NFI methodology and manual compliant with international REDD+ requirements.

  9.  Enhanced capacities on EF and allometric equations.

  10. Feasibility study produced on REDD+ related opportunities in improving efficiency in forestry operations and forest product processing.



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