Sustainable Environmental Development Watch (SUSWATCH) Kenya is a registered entity with the NGO Coordination Board. SUSWATCH’s mandates include the expansion of the national platform through the participation of existing networks and stakeholders as well as supporting the establishment of new linkages to strengthen joint decision making for effective implementation of environmental sustainability outcomes in Kenya and other East African countries. It is an accredited as an observer organization under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

SusWatch Kenya’s thematic areas are climate change, gender and energy, trade and governance and sustainable land management (SLM) as they relate to livelihoods. Gender, inter and intra-generational considerations are integrated in all programmes, and activities, interventions in collaborative interactions.


SusWatch Kenya has undertaken and continues to carry out activities with a number of different stakeholders at the national, regional and international level. Examples include:

Committee member in 3rd Medium Term Plan (MTP3) 2018-2022 Climate Change Thematic Working Group (CCTWG)

  • Preparation of the country position for UNFCCC negotiations and ratification of the Paris Agreement
  • Committee member in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources’ gazetted taskforce on the Climate Change Bill and Policy, which involved engaging with the National Assembly, Senate and Council of Governors (CoG)
  • Preparation of country position for UNCCD negotiations
  • Partnership with the State Dept. of Livestock and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources’ (MENR) on the Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Sustainable Land Management Project (KAPSLMP) in engaging with the Council of Governors (CoG) and non-state actors in building capacity in all the 47 counties to operationalize the Kenya Strategic Investment Framework (KSIF) as an avenue of implementing the UNCCD
  • Working with the Kenya Meteorological Department the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) focal point to mobilize civil society and CoG for the 5th Assessment Report (AR5) sensitization meeting in Nairobi

 SusWatch Kenya convened and continues to convene a number of processes:

  • RoAD to COP (Conference of the Parties), Forestry in the Kenya Climate Change Working Group (KCCWG)
  • Regional secretariat for the DANIDA supported through Sustainable Energy (SE) Pro-Poor Implementation of the Paris Agreement (PIPA) being undertaken in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya
  • Secretariat for the Sustainable Energy (SE) supported Devolution in Climate Change Adaption (DaCCA) project in Homa Bay and Kisumu counties
  • Was the regional secretariat for the USAID – Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) Project undertaken in Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya
  • Completed its term of organizing Anglophone civil society organization in Sub-Saharan Africa under the World Bank supported TerrAfrica, an activity on UNCCD implementation


As a member of the East African Sustainability Watch (EASUSWATCH) comprising Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and more recently Burundi and Rwanda, SUSWATCH Kenya has undertaken phase 1 and 2 of the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project (LVEMPI, LVEMPII). EASUSWATCH’s secretariat is the Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD).


LVEMPI focused on the East African Community’s Parties’ management MDGs 1, 7 & 8, while LVEMPII was on community involvement, capacity building, knowledge sharing and level of adoption of sustainable land management (SLM) practices in the River Katonga, Simiyu and Nyando basins of Lake Victoria and engaging with regional institutions – East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC), Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) et al – on the operationalization of the East African Community Climate Change Policy (EACCCP).


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