The PhD programme: STAKE – University of Copenhagen

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The PhD programme: STAKE

Stabilizing Kenya by Solving Forest Related Conflicts

Kenya is riddled with conflicts and instability, as evident in the widespread violence after the national elections 2007. In search of stability and prosperity, the government of Kenya in 2005 enacted a new Forest Act aimed at improving natural resources management by decentralizing responsibilities and rights of forest management to civil society bodies, called Community Forestry Associations.

The STAKE project seeks to further our understanding of how to build inclusive governance that furthers stability and prosperity by investigating the drivers of forest related conflicts in the Mau Forest Complex, and the role of the Forest Act 2005 in changing patterns of conflict.

The STAKE project is a partnership between The Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and the Faculty of Law and Forest & Landscape Denmark at the University of Copenhagen and financed by Danida, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark.  Prof. Wangari Maathai, who sadly passed away 25 September 2011, was actively involved in designing the project and supposed to head the steering commitee.

The project also involves the Green Belt Movement and Kenya Forestry Research Institute.

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