Environment and Natural Resources Management – Kenya Fact Sheet

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Kenya’s natural heritage is globally recognized for its rich biodiversity and iconic landscapes. Kenya’s economy and people’s livelihoods are highly dependent on these natural resources and nature-based tourism, sectors that are extremely vulnerable to climate change. The arid and semi-arid lands account for 80 percent of the country’s land area and climate variability has led to significant economic losses and increased food insecurity. Other external factors such as wildlife crime, urban expansion, and population growth are threatening conservation efforts in Kenya.
USAID addresses these development challenges through the promotion of community-based natural resource management in biodiversity hotspots across Kenya and by working directly with the Government of Kenya (GOK) to promote low emission and climate resilient development. With over 60 percent of Kenya’s wildlife ranging outside state-protected areas, sustainable management of community and private lands has proved vital to protecting and conserving Kenya’s natural heritage.

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Friday, March 8, 2019 - 9:30am