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Determine the impact of charcoal carbonization on species composition and Diversity in Kitui woodlands

Code: FPD/03

Project Title: ProjectCode:FPD/03 Thematic Area:Forest Products Programme (FPD)
Regional Center:Dry Land Eco-regional Research Programme (DERP) StudySite:GPS, Latitude, longitude, altitude, mean annual temperature, mean annual rainfall, Agro climatic zone, soils, slope, aspect Research Type:Experimental Type 1
Principal Investigator:GitehiGiathi Collaborators: E.Kitheka, S.Kiama, E. Macharia and Ecosystem conservator- Kitui SupportStaff:Auka/ Mary, Muhamed Sheikh
Start Date:2015 End Date:2016


Kitui County is one of the 13 counties in Eastern Kenya. It borders Machakos and Makueni countys to the West, Tana River to the East and Taita Taveta to the South. The county covers an area of 30,496.5 sq km. Temperatures range between 14C and 34C while rainfall range from 500mm to 1050mm per annum. Kitui Town is the administrative capital. Subsistence agriculture is the main economic activity particularly subsistence farming involving traditional land-use system and a mix of highland agriculture and lowland cattle-grazing. This blends well with the regions climatic conditions. The county has several seasonal rivers including Tiva, Thua, and Mwitasyano. The county has several dams that play a significant role as a water resource. Springs can be found in the hilly areas of the county. Charcoal production and sale has also become an alternative source of lively hood especially during droughts of the county and in some areas is becoming an all year activity with failing rains as result of climate change

Key Words

Biomass, environment, carbonization, species, charcoal production

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