Kenyan National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity
|Geographical scale of the assessment||National|
|Country or countries covered||Kenya|
|Any other necessary information or explanation for identifying the location of the assessment, including site or region name|
Geographical scale of the assessment
Country or countries covered
Any other necessary information or explanation for identifying the location of the assessment, including site or region name
Conceptual framework, methodology and scope
The NBSAP is a national framework of action for the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity to ensure that the present rate of biodiversity loss is reversed, and that present levels of biological resources are maintained at sustainable levels for posterity.
The national goals of the NBSAP include:
- To maintain a high quality environment for sustainable livelihoods for all Kenyans
- To guarantee inter- and intra-generational sustainable use of natural resources and services
- To maintain ecological and ecosystem processes
- To preserve and benefit from genetic resources and biological diversity in the nation’s ecosystems and to preserve their cultural value
Mandate for the assessment
Conceptual framework and/or methodology used for the assessment
Other (please specify)
Convention on Biological Diversity
URL or copy of conceptual framework developed or adapted
The conceptual framework was derived directly from the Convention on Biological Diversity and the guidelines for preparing a national biodiversity strategy and action plan.
- Inland water
- Forest and woodland
- Cultivated/Agricultural land
Species groups assessed
Ecosystem services/functions assessed
Scope of assessment includes
Drivers of change in systems and services
Impacts of change in services on human well-being
Options for responding/interventions to the trends observed
Explicit consideration of the role of biodiversity in the systems and services covered by the assessment
Timing of the assessment
Year assessment started
Year assessment finished
If ongoing, year assessment is anticipated to finish
Periodicity of assessment
If repeated, how frequently
National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan published in 2000; four national reports submitted to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1998, 1999, 2005, and 2009.
Communication materials (e.g. brochure, presentations, posters, audio-visual media)
Tools and processes
Tools and approaches used in the assessment
Process used for stakeholder engagement in the assessment process and which component
Stakeholder involvement was apparently confined to the workshop to review comments on the first draft report.
Key stakeholder groups engaged
The number of people directly involved in the assessment process
Incorporation of scientific and other types of knowledge
Supporting documentation for specific approaches, methodology or criteria developed and/or used to integrate knowledge systems into the assessment
Assessment reports peer reviewed
Accessibility of data used in assessment
The data used by the fourth national report were scanty, as the report was primarily descriptive. It mentions that the National Environment Secretariat had established a national biodiversity database, but reports that “information is hardly updated and rarely accessed by field biodiversity workers”.
Impacts the assessment has had on policy and/or decision making, as evidenced through policy references and actions
Independent or other review on policy impact of the assessment
Lessons learnt for future assessments from these reviews
The policy impact is perhaps best considered in relation to the national biodiversity strategy and action plan, in that the report highlights progress toward the policies agreed upon in 2000, which sought to maintain a high-quality environment for sustainable livelihoods for all Kenyans; guarantee the intergenerational and intragenerational sustainable use of natural resources and services; maintain ecological and ecosystem processes; and preserve and benefit from genetic resources and biological diversity in the nation’s ecosystems and preserve their cultural value.
The fourth national report found that the national biodiversity strategy and action plan had not yet been fully endorsed and effectively mainstreamed into national programmes, but almost every sector made reference to it and incorporated appropriate measures into their activities wherever possible.