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A global exchange visit among partners was done last September 2010 as a learning experience on sustainable management of forests/natural resources by the indigenous communities. This exchange visit was hosted by MPIDO and the Loita Development Foundation in Kenya, where partners were brought to the Loita Naimina Enkiyo Forests sustainably managed by the Loita Maasai communities (with the guidance of their indigenous spiritual leader - the Oloiboni, and the Loita Council of Elders); and to the Mau Forests also in Maasai territory but managed by the government's Forestry Unit, which is now quite deforested.

This was a very good comparison of the two forest management systems which proves that the indigenous peoples' traditional management system is more sustainable and successful as compared to the government's forest management system depriving the direct participation of the indigenous peoples and local communities.

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The Maasai are among the most well-known and studied indigenous pastoral group in East Africa. As a result of the interactions with their social and ecological environments, the Maasai have developed ways of coping, adapting to and building resilience within a changing environment. The same has been the case with other non-Maasai indigenous peoples who live in various parts of the country. However, these communities' systems are severely overstretched as a result of adverse changes in climate.

Kenya is undertaking REDD+ readiness activities under the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility housed at the World Bank along side other interventions being undertaken by other different quarters from various funding sources. Consultation and participation especially with forest based or forest dependent communities in the design and implementation of REDD programs is, therefore, crucial. The interventions undertaken so far have, however, not reflected the full participation of indigenous peoples in the drafting of the RPP and hence the need for awareness creation and capacity building of the indigenous peoples to be alert and take part in these processes.

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