• "We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment." – Margaret Mead


    The Forest Action Network is a networking NGO with head offices in Nairobi. Established in 1995, FAN has since worked with local communities, policymakers & researchers to develop a niche in advocating for an improved policy and legislative climate.

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FAN’s mandate is drawn from its stakeholders, and is majorly on these three programmes:

Prog. 1: Management of Trees and Forests (MTF)

Under this Programme, FAN seeks to take advantage of the Forests Act 2005 and continue to promote on-farm forestry; private sector participation in forest management; carry out capacity-building activities for community forest associations (CFAs); and tree planters associations; assist CFAs to prepare forest management plans; and support the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and local level structures to implement the new legislation. The programme also focuses on forests, climate change, REDD+, and related processes.

Prog 2: Policy Research and Analysis (PRA)

FAN conducts policy research and analysis to support development of advocacy materials, engage the media, build coalitions and gather evidence to mount effective advocacy campaigns. The program also conducts policy research and analysis on Natural resource Management and other related legislations. Its basis for policy research and analysis is the country’s written policies as well as policy statements that are not based on any written law or policy.

Prog. 3: Environmental Protection and Conservation

FAN supports stakeholders to participate in the implementation of the Environment Management and Coordination Act (1999); amendments, 2013 to ensure a clean environment for all; supports community-based organizations to protect water springs; to carry out soil and water conservation activities using good forestry practices; and to access County and Constituency based development funds through training, using local CBOs as a base. FAN continues to support the strengthening of existing resources throughout the country. The program also focuses on climate change issues related to water, rangeland management, pasture management and controlled charcoal production in arid and semi-arid areas.

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