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F.a: Biodiversity Convention as a bridge to consensus on forest resources management and securing of the Ogiek Peoples land rights in Mt. Elgon

€1950

01/17 - 01/17

Completed

This project is part of

Through the project the Chepkitale Ogiek community's bylaws will be mainstreamed in the local schools' curricula by producing educational material related to them. At the county level, negotiations will take place with the county government on granting the community bylaws a legal status. For that purpose, a lawyer will be hired to draft a proposal of the law. At national level, an audit will be made of the extent to which Kenya has implemented the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, in particular its Ar ticles 8j and 10c. In case they have not been included in the national legislation, an action plan will be drawn up on how communities and experts should be involved in promoting it. At the international level, the Bungoma county government will be invited to present its leadership in the recognition of the community bylaws and to encourage other local and national governments to do the same. This project is necessary for the rights of the Chepkitale Ogiek, a marginalized minority, to materialize in order f or the community to live in its traditional territory in accordance with its cultural heritage and by practicing its traditional forest-dependent livelihoods. Along with the project, the community's commitment to the community bylaws and governance is expe cted to strengthen. At county level, the government is expected to grant legal status to the community bylaws. At national level, Articles 8j and 10c of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity are expected to serve as a powerful leverage for the rights o f forest dependent peoples to be recognized. At international level, the Bungoma county government is expected to embrace a leadership role in recognising the community rights and to encourage other local and national governments to do the same. The projec t beneficiaries include the 5,000 Chepkitale Ogiek community and the Bungoma county government, as its expertise in the application of the biodiversity agreement will grow. Other stakeholders include the Kenya National Government, the National Gender and E quality Commission as well as the international community interested in monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.