Mikoko Pamoja Records
This page is updated as information becomes available:
This page will collect all possible official documents about the Mikoko Pamoja Project including:
• Key Achievements
• Project reports
• Minutes of the Community Organisation and baraza village meetings
• Annual Reports
• Local community information
• Press releases and publicity material
- June 2nd - John Ellerman Team of young regional Conservation leaders started in Gazi area, with an educational remit to learn about MPP, help outreach to schools and to plan and run the launch.
- June 11th - Official Start Date of Mikoko Pamoja Project for tracking progress, village launch in Makongeni village school
- June - planting of several thousand seedlings in a new woodlot protected by fencing near Makongeni village
- September - Weeding of the woodlot in Gazi primary school completed.
- October - Project team have met with at least 25 community groups, both organised and informal, posters and leaflets have been distributed, reaching out to at least 500 people across a wide range of age, gender and religious groups, resulting in a list of 30 volunteers nominated from the meetings.
- October 12th - The Mikoko Pamoja constitution first draft was finalised at the meeting at Red Cross Ukunda.
- October 31st - a meeting with the Makongeni Primary School outlined the relationship between Mikoko Pamoja and School on the management of the casuarina woodlot
- November 11th - The Mikoko Pamoja constitution was approved with some changes by Makongeni and Gazi village elders committee
- November 23rd - The technical team (KMFRI, KFS & WWF) met to discuss the final draft of the Gogoni Gazi Forest Management Plan.
- November 29th - stakeholders invited by Gogoni Gazi Community Forest Association from several district government departments including the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) agreed the Management Plan with minor changes. The project team, CFA Officials and village heads are now seeking appraisal of the document through community Barazas.
- December - the Gogoni Gazi Participatory Forest Management Plan was mailed to the Kenya Forest Service (KFS)
- January 22nd - Community Forest Association (CFA) – Stakeholder meeting
- February 7th & 8th - 12 community members with 2 project staff visited the Kasigau Corridor community and Wildlife Works REDD+ project to learn from their experience implementing a carbon project
2012 May 11th MPP Consultative one day meeting with Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) and the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) to discuss the MPP, held at Diani Forest Lodge, in Ukunda
Link: Minutes of Consultative Meeting with KMFRI & KFS
(opens as a .pdf file)
Update as of 08/10/2012, by Noel Mbaru summarised for the Web Site by Stephen Kenwright
1) Community Awareness
A Focus Group Discussion (FGD) approach is used, in which the project team and nominated village representatives meet community members. To date we have met with at least 25 community groups, both organised and informal. A4 size printed posters have been developed and placed on view in key places used by the community. Small A5 size printed leaflets handouts are also distributed at meetings. The team has reached out to at least 500 people across a wide range of age, gender and religious groups, resulting in a list of 30 volunteers nominated from the meetings.
2) Mikoko Pamoja Constitution.
A meeting is scheduled for October to finalise the Mikoko Pamoja Constitution, laying the groundwork for the next elections and explaining the process.
3) Mikoko Pamoja Notice Board in Gazi Village.
Consultions with the Village head and village representatives suggest this could be sited at the junction next to the Small Mosque. Further consultations are to be held with the Area Sub chief and other community leaders.
4) Makongeni Primary School MoU on Casaurina Woodlot.
Weeding of the woodlot in Gazi primary school is complete. Weeding in Makongeni Primary School is continuing.
Community training on Mikoko Pamoja and other Community Forest Management issues is in the planning stage.
Update as of 29/10/2012 by Noel Mbaru, summarised for the Web Site by Stephen Kenwright
1) The Mikoko Pamoja constitution
A presentation draft was finalised at the 12th October meeting at Red Cross Ukunda. Further opinions direct from members of the community on copies of the compiled document will now be gathered by Makongeni and Gazi volunteers to ensure that the constitution represents the values and principles of local people. Separate meetings with village elders in both villages will be held seeking their input and approval.
Discussions have made progress with making the noticeboard, with positive feedback from the Village chair, who recommended that the project team and the village representatives should calculate the space needed.
3) Community Forest Association (CFA) Zoning Meeting
This was an exercise in the development of the Management Plan from which Mikoko Pamoja will pursue tenure. The meeting progressed positively with different user groups mapping forest areas of use. Michael Njoroge has detailed minutes for the exercise.
4) MoU Meeting with Makongeni.
An MoU meeting between Mikoko Pamoja and Makongeni Primary School is scheduled to happen on the 31st October 2012 at 10.00 am at the school. The participants include the project team, School Committee, village head, Mikoko Pamoja Committee and the area sub chief. The main agenda will be deliberations on an MoU with the school on the casaurina woodlot.
Update as of 12/11/2012 by Noel Mbaru, summarised for the Web Site by Stephen Kenwright
1) Mikoko Pamoja Constitution Approved by Community
On the 9th November 2012, The Project team had a meeting with Makongeni and Gazi village elders committee to seek appraisal of the MPP Constitution. The Gazi committee gave a positive result to the constitution with minor changes in phrasing. Makongeni elders met back with the community on the 11th to ensure a consensus and then gave a go ahead, again with minor changes.
2) Notice Board.
Currently, Noel is developing a budget as I consult for more information on the design of the structure. The Gazi village elders committee is eager for the establishment of the board.
3) Community Forest Association (CFA) Zoning Meeting
On the 24th October 2012 different user groups zoned the mangrove areas in which they perform their user activities. Mikoko Pamoja like other user groups in the Gogoni Gazi CFA zoned the area which will be included in the management plan, a very positive exercise towards attaining the project goals.
4) MoU Meeting between Mikoko Pamoja and Makongeni Primary School
This meeting, on the 31st October 2012, was mainly aimed towards mainstreaming the relationship between Mikoko Pamoja and School on the management of the casuarina woodlot.
Among the matters discussed and undergoing consultation were the following;
1) Harvesting and Benefits of the Casaurina Woodlot a)
a) A decision (s) to harvest and utilize the wood products from the woodlot should be subject to a meeting between the Mikoko Pamoja and School Management Committee,
b) The returns/ gains from the wood products harvested shall be utilized to benefit the community through the school.
2) Pruning, watering and weeding of the woodlot shall be done by the school 3) Initial fencing and seedlings shall be provided by Mikoko Pamoja.
4) Conflict resolution between the Mikoko Pamoja and School Management Committee shall be resolved in the presence of the Ministry of Education official, Chief Office and Village head.
5) The period of the MoU shall be for a period of six years as from 31st November 2012. This is renewable.
6) Both committees shall be involved in monitoring of the woodlot at least three times in a year.
Update as of 03/12/2012 by Noel Mbaru, summarised for the Web Site by Stephen Kenwright
1) Management Plan progress
The technical team (KMFRI, KFS & WWF) met on the 23/11/2012 to discuss the final draft of the Gogoni Gazi Forest Management Plan before presenting it to a stakeholders meeting for further deliberations and critique. On the 29/11/2012, stakeholders invited by Gogoni Gazi Community Forest Association (CFA) from several district government departments including the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) deliberated on the management plan in an 8 hour meeting. Certain minor changes were made with the document, winning the appraisal of the participants. The project team, CFA Officials and village heads are now planning to seek appraisal of the document through a community Baraza.
2) Mikoko Pamoja Elections
After completion of the group’s constitution, which states that the committee should comprise of 13 members, the project team, the four Mikoko Pamoja representatives and the respective village heads are planning for community Barazas (Village meetings) to seek the nomination of an extra nine (9) members from the Makongeni and Gazi Villages. Arrangements for the Makongeni and the Gazi Barazas are underway.
3) Project Administration & Reporting
The Project team and Coordinator and currently busy compiling all the necessary documents needed for the validation process.
• The MoU document between the Makongeni School and Mikoko Pamoja on Casaurina Woodlot Management is ready and currently awaiting signatures. The delay is as a result that the school is currently engaged with national exams.
• The Notice board design is done so far and coordinator pursuing financing.
• The Project Assistant participated in a validation meeting of the National Climate Change Action Plan on the 20th of November 2012 in Nairobi.
• The Project Coordinator participated through exhibition in the World Fisheries Day Celebrations at Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) headquarters Mombasa on the 20th November 2012.
Update as of 11/02/2013 by Noel Mbaru, summarised for the Web Site by Stephen Kenwright
1) Pursuing a Gogoni Gazi Forest Management Plan
After Community appraisal meeting in December 2013, the Gogoni Gazi Participatory Forest Management Plan was mailed to the Kenya Forest Service (KFS).
On the 22nd of January 2013, a Community Forest Association (CFA) – Stakeholder meeting was held to deliberate edits proposed by the KFS. Constant positive communication has been ongoing between the project team, KFS, KMFRI and the CFA on areas that required revision and edits
2) Exchange Visit
A team of 12 community members accompanied by 2 project staff visited the Kasigau Corridor REDD project which is implemented by Wildlife Works, Kenya on the 7th and 8th of February 2013. The main objective of the visit was to learn the importance and role of community based natural resource (forest) management towards socio economic improvement.
The Community members comprised of CFA representatives (3), Village elders (3) and Mikoko Pamoja representatives (6).
The two day visit achieved many objectives, including especially;
• Field visits to Kasigau community projects that exhibit practical socioeconomic gains from the REDD+ project.
• The local community learnt how the Kasigau community and Wildlife Works pursue: - financial transparency and benefit sharing in utilization of REDD+ funds; community governance and decision making in managing of funds; and carbon leakage.
• The local community made links with the Kasigau community and learnt about the successes and challenges in the REDD+ project.
3) Notice Board
The pursuit of financing and necessary procedures from Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) has already been done. The Purchase of building materials and making of the notice board was set to begin on 12/02/2012 and be completed over the following week.
4) Project Administration & Reporting
The Project team – Coordinator is currently compiling all the articles needed to upgrade website.
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