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LAND IS LIFE

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Sustainable development goals are elaborate and constructive global development agenda that Kenya is committed towards achieving. The Swedish embassy on 6th February, 2020 organized a multi-stakeholder meeting to deliberate on and interrogate the implementation of SDG 15 – Life on Land. While addressing stakeholders during the land is life meeting, Council of Governors CEO Ms. Jacqueline Mogeni elaborated on the mechanisms the National Government and County Governments have put to ensure efficient and sustainable land use. “Key measures have been taken by the County Governments in order to ensure that there is efficient, productive and sustainable use of land. Both levels of Government have instituted mechanisms designed to induce land owners to put their land to productive use and encourage the application of efficient technology for the intensification of land use. Urban land use has also significantly improved through the application of measures such as establishing transparent, sustainable, comprehensive and participatory governance structures and decision-making processes,” she noted.
SDG 15 with 12 targets focuses to Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt land degradation as well as halt biodiversity loss. Counties have been hit by the effects of climate change and are at the fore-front towards realization of the goal.
Just as devolution provides a unique opportunity for development, SDGs provide a framework that elaborates the global development agenda towards achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. The 17 SDGs and 169 targets are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development, that is, economic, social and environmental.
While Kenya has made important policy strides towards promoting productive and sustainable use of land, there are still a number of challenges which need to be addressed at policy level. The question of appropriate and beneficial use of land in Kenya has gained prominence in the face of growing population and mounting demand for land resources. Problems of rapid urbanization, inadequate land use planning; unsustainable agricultural and industrial production methods, poor environmental management and inappropriate management of land are commonplace. These challenges call for appropriate policy responses in order to navigate these challenges.
“Additionally, we have seen a shift in the legislation enacted over the past few years that are aimed at ensuring the successful implementation of SDG 15. A case in point is the enactment of the Forest Conservation and Management Act 2016 which seeks to promote sustainable management of forests,” said the COG Chief.
The successful implementation of the SDGs global Agenda calls for the commitment of both levels of Government and the Good-will of Key stakeholders in the sphere.

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