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Steering Energy Transitions through Landscape Governance: Case of Mathare Informal Settlement, Nairobi, Kenya

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Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation; University of Nairobi, University Way, Nairobi 29053, Kenya
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Physical Planner/GIS Analyst; Global Urban Observatory, UN Habitat, Nairobi 30030, Kenya
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Land 2020, 9(6), 206; https://doi.org/10.3390/land9060206
Received: 15 April 2020 / Revised: 13 June 2020 / Accepted: 15 June 2020 / Published: 23 June 2020
Poor households in urban informal settlements face a big challenge in accessing clean energy for cooking, heating, and lighting. We use Kenya’s Mathare informal settlement as a landscape site to better understand how cross-sector collaboration can enhance access to sustainable energy in informal settlements. We also demonstrate that academics are well-placed in facilitating multi-stakeholder engagements between community members, experts, and policy actors. This is pursued by drawing on the results of two energy research projects (CoDEC and AfriCLP). We employ a landscape governance framework to re-conceptualise the findings from the CoDEC and AfriCLP projects. Specifically, we use the ecological, socio-cultural, and political dimensions of landscape governance to discuss the relationships between energy demands and other landscape issues in the case study. In conclusion, the paper recommends landscape governance as a promising approach for integrating energy issues with other competing landscape interests, while also encouraging cross-sector collaboration. View Full-Text
Keywords: academic intermediaries; Kenya; landscape governance; sustainable energy; urban informal settlements academic intermediaries; Kenya; landscape governance; sustainable energy; urban informal settlements
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Njoroge, P.; Ambole, A.; Githira, D.; Outa, G. Steering Energy Transitions through Landscape Governance: Case of Mathare Informal Settlement, Nairobi, Kenya. Land 2020, 9, 206.

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