PFMP development and demarcation of Tungu riparian area for sustainable landscape management
PFMP development and demarcation of Tungu riparian area for sustainable landscape management
Mt. Kenya East Environmental Conservation Association is located within Chuka Forest Station. The CFA started in 2005 as a beekeepers user group and registered with the Attorney General in 2006 as a CFA and mandated to co-manage Chuka forest jointly with KFS.

The CFA currently has a total membership of 3,000 disaggregated as 1210 males 1790 females. The members are drawn from 8 user groups/networks namely: i) Gatua Network; ii) Mitheru Network; iii) Kiangondu Network; iv) Kirege Network; v) Karamani Network; vi) Thuita Network; vii) Njuri Network; and viii) Nthambo Network.

Since its registration, the CFA has planted over 400,000 indigenous tree seedlings. Each of the user group manages a nursery each with over 50,000 seedlings. The CFA, through its network CBO’s has been actively involved in rehabilitation of the area. The conservation activities has been encouraging but at a very low scale due to lack of capacity and knowledge and skills on forest conservation and management approaches including viable strategies for livelihood improvement and climate change mitigation.

There is therefore an urgent need to ensure that the CFA develops PFMP and subsequently negotiate and sign a Forest Management Agreement to sustainably conserve and manage Chuka forest.

Tungu WRUA is a user group co-managing Tungu River and its tributaries which are located within the operational areas of Mt. Kenya East Environmental Conservation Association. The WRUA was formed in 2002 and registered with the department of Social Services in 2006. The group developed a sub catchment management plan in October 2010 with support from WRMA
The Water Resource Users Association will oversee the development and demarcation of Tungu riparian area for sustainable landscape management.

The proposal aims to
i. Improve the capacity of the CFA to conserve forest ecosystem by supporting the development of Forest Management Plan with a strengthened biodiversity conservation and water resources management;
ii. Strengthen the community capacity of community members to conserve entire landscape under the WRUA and CFA through training on biodiversity conservation approaches
iii. Undertake biodiversity conservation activities within Tungu river catchment; and
iv. Rehabilitate the Chuka Forest landscape through planting of 40,000 indigenous tree seedlings along Tungu river riparian area.

The proposed project objectives are in line with the Kenya’s programme goal to pro-poor policies and programmes for sustainable management of environment and natural resources. The proposed project will facilitate the development of a new Forest Management Plan and forest management agreement with an enhanced biodiversity conservation component. The implementation of the PFMP and FMA will contribute to sustainable management of 30,000 hectares of forests. The rehabilitation of the riparian area will contribute towards increasing the land area with sustainable productivity and reduced vulnerability of communities to climate variability

Project Snapshot

Tungu Water Resources Users Association
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 40,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 15,250.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 63,750.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Capacity - Building Component
Community moibilization, Trainning on landscape management and intergrated biodiversity conservation
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Grantee Contact

Mr. Justin Kinyua


P.O. Box 263

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Nancy Chege
(254-20) 7624473
(254-20) 621076
Ms. Salome Nyakundi


UNDP, P.O. Box 30218
Nairobi, 00100