Environmental Sustainability, Renewable Energy & SLM

To remain globally competitive Kenya has to manage and sustain her environment and natural resource base. The country subsistence and national economies, foreign exchange and significant contribution to GDP depend on agriculture and agro-based industries, tourism, water resources and hydropower. Despite this reality Kenya is facing many environment challenges that include deforestation, soil erosion, and land degradation, desertification, and loss of biodiversity, water scarcity and pollution from industry.

Our Goals

The overall goal of the Energy and Environment component of Country Programme is to support Kenya meet its obligations to international environment agreements while enhancing the contribution of natural resources and the environment to poverty reduction and sustainable socio-economic development...more

Environmental Sustainablity, Renewable Energy and Land Management

Environment Conservation and Sustainable livelihoods while enhancing natural resourcesmore

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Sustainable Land Management for sustainable livelihoods

With support from UNDP, the Government of Kenya and its partners have implemented a Global Environment Facility-financed project entitled: Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management (SLM) in Agro-Pastoral Production Systems of Kenya, the aim of which was to address chronic poverty, hunger and land degradation by building capacity for sustainable land management, especially amongst women.more 

solar Lanterns
Halima (Left) and her two daughters, beneficiaries of the Solar Lantern Project in Isiolo County
Improving School Grades with Solar Lighting

The project which is in support of the Access to Clean Energy Programme of the Ministry of Energy & Petroleum will help to mitigate the challenge of electricity inaccessibility for school going children and health facilities in Isiolo and Samburu Countiesmore 

Sustainable Charcoal
Sustainable Charcoal Management using energy efficient kilns

UNDP in partnership with the Kenya Forest Service and Kenya Forest Research Institute is training charcoal producers in Taita Taveta and Kwale Counties to adopt new technologies that are cheap and easy to implement.more 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Land Management in Agropastoral Production Systems of Kenya

    This project will extend the successful Farmer Field School approach by applying it to address land degradation problems in the Arid and Semi-arid Lands of Kenya in order to link sustainable land management (SLM) to increased agricultural productivity in agro-pastoral and pastoral landscapes. The project will work in “landscape units” in four ASAL districts...more 

  • Development and Implementation of a Standards and Labelling Programme in Kenya

    The Standards and Labeling Programme aims to remove barriers to market transformation of energy efficient products and services in Kenya with a replication effect to other East African Community countries namely Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. This project was initiated by the Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Industrialization with funding from Global Environment Facility (GEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). more 

  • Enhancing Wildlife Conservation in the Productive Southern Rangelands of Kenya through a Landscape Approach

    The Southern Rangelands Conservation Project aims to enhance wildlife conservation through a landscape approach. The project begun as a concept in 2009 following a meeting between UNDP, KWS and Nature Kenya representatives under the guidance of a KWS-chaired taskforce before being supported by the GEF Secretariat to go to the project development phase. The project represents a merger between a UNDP-KWS concept and a UNEP-MWCT concept. At the point of merger, UNDP Kenya became the appointed GEF agency and KWS and MWCT its partners in the development of the project. more 

  • Energy Access Programme

    The Energy Access programme aims to support the GoK to enhance access to clean and sustainable energy services while supporting its environmental management for accelerated economic growth. It is intended to promote and scale up production and access to modern energy services in a sustainable manner. more 

  • Support to low carbon climate resilient development for poverty reduction in Kenya

    This Joint UN Programme contributes towards implementation of the National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP 2013-2017). The National Climate Change Action Plan 2013-2017 (NCCAP) stipulates the need to mainstream climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in national and county planning and budgeting processes and in all sectors of the economy as a means to further Kenya’s people-centered development strategy. more 

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