“To provide a conducive environment for the practice and promotion of sustainable and participatory management of forestry and wildlife resources to enhance socio-economic development of Kenyans”
“An empowered Kenyan community managing and utilizing its Forestry and Wildlife resources”
The mandate of Ministry Of Forestry & Wildlife is to coordinate the functions of three Semi-Autonomous Government Agencies (SAGAs) involved in the implementation of activities aimed at protecting, conserving and managing sustainable development of forestry and wildlife resources in the country. Further to discharge its mandate, MFW performs the following specific roles and functions:
- Formulation and review of policy and legislation of forestry and wildlife resources.
- In collaboration with stakeholders, facilitate management and conservation of forestry and wildlife resources.
- Promotion of conservation education programmes for youth in relation to Forestry, Wildlife and Environment;
- Facilitate utilization of forestry and wildlife products for the benefit of the Kenyan people for socio-economic development by putting in proper policies.
- Develop and enhance human resource management and physical infrastructure for Forestry and Wildlife resource management;
- Facilitate research and dissemination of research findings in forestry and wildlife resources and;
- Monitor, evaluate and coordinate Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Kenya Forest Service (KFS), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Wildlife Clubs of Kenya (WCK) operations in the implementation of the Strategic Plan.
- Professionalism and Integrity in dealing with internal and external customers
- Teamwork and Collaboration with strategic partners in sustainable development of forestry and wildlife resources
- Continuous Learning and innovation in the management of forestry and wildlife resources
- Focus on results aimed at improving the quality of life of Kenyans
- Commitment to participatory leadership and stakeholder involvement
- Delivery of quality service to internal and external customers
- Stewardship and trust in the management of forestry and wildlife resources
- Non discrimination on the basis of color, age, health status, gender, religion, tribe or disability.
Ministry of Forestry & Wildlife is a non discriminative organization that upholds moral uprightness, good stewardship, transparency and accountability in delivering quality services to achieve sustainable development.
Guiding Development Principles
Forest and Wildlife enhance the quality of life of Kenyans and therefore we believe:
- In providing for and sustaining the diversity of our forest and wildlife heritage for present and future generations.
- That the future of forest and wildlife depends on a public that appreciates, understands and supports forests and wildlife.
- In education and involvement of youth and adults in forest and wildlife and other related activities.
- In compliance with national and international laws and conventions governing the forestry and wildlife resources use, protection, conservation, and management
- In pursuance of good relations with forestry and wildlife neighboring communities
Goals of Ministry of Forestry & Wildlife
The overall strategic direction of Ministry of Forestry & Wildlife for the next five (5) years conforms to the Development Vision 2030 for Kenya on environmental sustainability and socio-economic transformation. The goals of the forestry and wildlife sectors are to:
- Promote conservation of biological diversity,
- Administer, regulate and develop forestry and wildlife resources,
- Involve and empower all stakeholders in forestry and wildlife conservation,
- Promote sustainable utilization of forestry and wildlife resources, as well as in fair and equitable sharing of benefits,
- Enhance the contribution of the forestry and wildlife sectors in the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP),
- Contribute to poverty alleviation and improve the quality of life of the people of Kenya, and,
- Promote exchange of relevant information and expertise nationally, regionally and internationally.
Our State Corporations
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) under the Wildlife (Conservation and Management) Act Cap. 376 No. 16 of 1989. KWS has the overall mandate of undertaking protection, conservation, enforcement of wildlife laws and regulations, and the general management of wildlife services in the country. It also has the jurisdiction over national parks and an oversight role in the management of national reserves and private sanctuaries.
The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) was established in February 2007 under the Forest Act No. 7 of 2005. KFS has the mandate of providing for the establishment and development of sustainable management of forest resources, including conservation and rational utilization of forest resources for the socio-economic development of the country.
Sustainable management, conservation and development of Kenya’s forests depend on application of science to generate improved technologies. Consequently, the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) was established in 1986 under the Science and Technology Act (Cap. 250) with the mandate of carrying out research in forestry and allied natural resources.
Wildlife Clubs of Kenya (WCK) is a charitable, Non-Governmental Organization formed in 1968. It is a youth conservation education organization supported by the government of Kenya through the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife. WCK plays a significant role in conservation education, tourism training and domestic tourism.