Coast Rights Forum (CRF)
CRF was started in 1999 to champion the issue of titanium mining in Kwale County. It was a collaboration of coastal region organizations, Its aim is to protect natural resources such as deposits of precious stones like Ruby, salt, quarry, land, water and wildlife.
Action Aid works in 23 districts in Kenya with their core focus being on human rights. Its main programs are based on women rights to land, rights to food and food security, HIV/ AIDS and natural resources. Working on Forest management plan with county government and different government agencies including Kenya Forest Service. Already the plan has been concluded and its in implementing stage.
The organisation came into being in September 2002, when prices of milk and maize were so low. It was formed during a meeting of farmers in the North Rift to come up with solutions to the and as the campaign for better and prompt payment of their produce intensified, the committee was formed and later turned into what is now popularly known as the Ng’ombe and Mahindi (Ngoma) campaign.
Oasis of Abject Image Diversion-OAID- Kenya
OAID was started from a campaign in 2003 on the conservation of the Mau forest. Partners with WWF, Action aid Kenya forest working groups and its main activities involved advocacy on environmental issues and conflict resolutions. Working around Mau Complex, it has had a number of challenges among them caused by timber harversters and land grabbers Forest cover has been under threat from various illegal activities such as timber harvesting, charcoal burning and grazing.
The water tower faced multiple threats that impinged negatively on its natural capacity. These include: clearing of trees, charcoal burning, forest fires, deforestation, illegal settlements and deep soil erosion that leads to sedimentation of the rivers and streams.
Resulting from these illegal activities, decreased water volume from the forest coupled with improper farming techniques meant that the communities living around the forest suffered from diminishing food crop production. Food insecurity in turn led to conflicts among the communities.
When Mau was invaded by settlers and timber harvesters, all rivers in Nakuru went dry and even the lakes were almost wiped out because the water sources in the forest were destroyed.
Mau complex timber harvesters have been accused of a number of issues among them: evicting locals and possessing their native land for forest plantations without compensation. This has affected local community (Ogiek) who most depend on indigenous forests for their survival, working closely with some Kenya Forest and Nema officials to harvest timber in restricted areas, harvesting and replacing indigenous forest with fast-growing softwoods like eucalyptus has changed weather patterns and affected river flow in the region. Water levels in various lakes has also been linked with illegal activities being carried by timber harvesters in the region and a number of human rights violations have been reported caused by KFS who act on behalf of timber harvesters. Among them include rape in the forests, barring locals from harvesting firewood in designated areas.
The group was started in 1993 as a forum for the people to come together to deliberate on the issues on rights to resources such as mining, beaches and the wildlife.The organization is focused on educating the community, audit what they have and appreciate their values and also empowering the community to fight for resources.
Likoni Community Development Program (LICODEP)
The organization started in 1999 with the young people to address the issue of land unemployment and drug abuse.
LICODEP was formed due to increasing cases of people in the area selling their own piece of land to the investors at a low value. Current Project- Working with government on settlement of locals and issuance of tittles.
Ngua Mlambo Development Trust
The organization was started in 1999 joining 34 other groups in Taita-Taveta to fight for the protection of natural resources in the area. The group is focused on wildlife, minerals, natural forests and water sources.
Current Project- Working with different stakeholders on wildlife issues and advocating for long term solutions to reduce cases of human-wildlife conflict.
Already a number of projects among them fencing of parks is ongoing to contain wildlife movements.
Partnering with World vision in improving water accessibility to household.
Malindi Rights Forum (MRF)
This came into being in the early 2004 as so as to fight and advocate for land injustices caused by top government officials in Malindi. The organisation wrought to human rights organizations to stop the land encroachment and forced evictions in Malindi. Current Project-Doing a campaign to stop expansion of salt firms to private land.
Grand review of titles and boundaries of salt farms.
Homa Hills Community Development Organization (HHCDO)
The organisation was started in 1980 by the Redd Barna Norwegian save the children fund as an agricultural training center. It comprised of the youth polytechnic, health center and kindergarten. When Redd Barna left in 1994 it was registered as an NGO working in western Kenya.
Kwale County Natural Resources Network (KCNRN)
KCNRN is membership based and a public interest group working to rally and network all concerned to ensure that natural resources in Kwale County are exploited sustainably and benefits are shared equitably. Current Projects- Working on county spatial plan.Partnering with USAID on climate change project and water resource governance.
Endorois Welfare Council
Endorois is a minority indigenous community in Kenya. Over 60,000 people have been marginalized over the years. Significance of land between 1974 and 1979, the Kenyan government forcefully evicted the Endorois. Eviction devastated the Endorois economically, socially and culturally. Current Projects- Empowering indigenous peoples and to build and develop their own organisations and define their own future through capacity building, education and/or legal assistance in asserting human rights, land rights and right to sustainable development.
Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education
CHRCE is dedicated to improving human rights and democratic governance of all people in Eastern Region of Kenya. In its 15 years of working for and improving the lives of its constituents, it has been dedicated and successful in working with communities, civil society organizations and government agencies. Based in Mwingi Town, Kitui County, CHRCE has developed a reputation of being a credible, professional and effective organization. Current Project- Review of Community Bargaining Agreement on coal issues. Empowering women on coal issues. Developing new rules detecting their terms on coal issues.
Ogiek Peoples Development Program (OPDP)
The Ogiek Peoples’ Development Program (OPDP) was founded in 1999 and registered as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in 2001 by the Kenyan government. It was formed by Ogiek elders, opinion leaders, farmers and professionals after long land historical injustices that deprived the Ogiek community of its rights as Kenyan citizen. Its aim is to promote and protect Ogiek culture, land, language, environment, and human rights. It is based in Nakuru town and operates in three main districts inhabited by this community namely: – Nakuru, Mt. Elgon and Narok.
Current Work-Rehabilitating depleted forests by planting indigenous trees and employing scouts to protect existing forests around Nakuru especially in Njoro sub-county.
Samburu County Natural Resources Forum
Samburu County natural Resources Forum is a CBO in samburu county formed in 2012 as a pilot project by East African Wild Life Society alongside Kwale,Nakuru and Laikipia Counties Natural Resources Networks to advocate on the conservation, protection and sustainable development of natural resources within their respective counties. The forum is registered under the ministry of Social Services. The project was funded by Wide Wide Fund (WWF) through East African Wild Life Society and the project lasted for two and half years.
Their activities revolve around Forests and water catchment areas, Land, Minerals and Environment. Current Projects- Working on conservancies in the area to advocate for the implementation of Wildlife Management Act 2014.
Laikipia County Natural Resources Network (Laiconar)
Laikipia County Natural Resource Network (LAICONAR) was formed in February 2012 and is among four priority county natural resource networks. The other three are Samburu, Kwale and Nakuru. The formation of LAICONAR just like the other three was informed through a series of consultations on natural resource issues affecting Laikipia County. It was on close scrutiny of these issues that it was identified that there was a gap as far as environment and natural resource governance and advocacy in Laikipia County is concerned. This composition of this network include Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), both national and local, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in natural resource management, the private sector, national and county government organizations, and the academia.
Current Project-Working closely with the newly devolved Laikipia County Government to maximise the impacts of our resources. We are teamed with private land owners and communities to develop solutions to persistent challenges facing water, forests, energy, pasture and wildlife management.
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