The analysis in this report demonstrates how low-carbon development options in the forestry sector in Kenya can lower GHG emissions out to 2030 compared to the reference case and, at the same time, contribute to Kenya’s sustainable development goals.
The priority low-carbon development option in the forestry sector is Restoration of Forests on Degraded Lands. This action has the largest abatement potential, significant sustainable development benefits and increases climate resilience. All three options could help the Government of Kenya pursue a low-carbon development pathway, because all options have large abatement potential, help to increase climate resilience and create sustainable development benefits. That said, the REDD+ options could have negative impacts on forest and forest-adjacent communities, depending on the selected programmes to reduce emissions; and actions will be needed to educate communities, help them adopt alternative livelihood strategies, and compensate them for lost income. Financing through a REDD+ mechanism could potentially help support such programs.
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