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Coastal Eco-Region Forestry Research Programme – Gede

CentreThe Coast Eco-Region Research Programme (CERRP) is mandated to conduct research in forestry and allied natural resources in the coast region. The CERRP addresses challenges in: natural forestry ecosystems that include kayas and lowland mountain and mangrove forests; coastal dryland forests; farm forestry; and forest plantations.

The Programme implements its research and development activities in the following thematic areas: Forest Productivity and Improvement; Biodiversity and Environment Management; Forest Products Development; Socio-economics, Policy and Governance; and Technical Support Services.

Location

CERRP headquarters is located in Gede, in Arabuko Sokoke Forest (ASF), Kilifi County about 100 km North of Mombasa and 20 km South of Malindi Town, along the Mombasa –Malindi road.

Geographical Coverage

CERRP covers six counties namely; Kilifi, Mombasa, Lamu, Taita Taveta, Kwale and Tana River.

Forest Productivity and Improvement

Research Achievements
  • Diversification and domestication of tree species
  • Germplasm production research
  • Pest and disease management
  • Established seed stands and seeds orchards in Gede and Lamu
  • Developed propagation technologies for bamboo species
  • Integration of trees on-farm
  • Developed technologies on integrated pest and disease management
  • Carbon stock estimation of indigenous and on-farm tree species such as Casuarina equisetifolia and Gmelina arborea

Youth participating in tree planting on-farm

Youth participating in tree planting on-farm

On-farm planting of Casuarina

On-farm planting of Casuarina

Destructive sampling to determine carbon stock

Destructive sampling to determine carbon stock

Biodiversity and Environment Management

Research Achevements
  • Forest rehabilitation and restoration
  • Management of invasive tree species
  • Mangrove research
  • Climate change and carbon studies
  • Development of management plans for Mrimadzo and Arabuko Sokoke forests
  • Developed technologies for rehabilitation and restoration of key water catchment areas (Taita Hills) and mangrove ecosystems
  • Soil characterization in mangrove forests
  • Mangrove degradation and rehabilitation studies

Mangrove rehabilitation demonstration at Mida creek Kilifi County

Mangrove rehabilitation demonstration

at Mida creek Kilifi County

Rehabilitation of River Lumi in Taita Taveta County

Rehabilitation of River Lumi in

Taita Taveta County

Collection of soil samples in a mangrove ecosystem

Collection of soil samples in a

mangrove ecosystem

Mangrove rehabilitation plots

Mangrove rehabilitation plots

Socio-economics, Policy and Governance

Research Achevements
  • Participatory Forest Management (PFM)
  • Forest extension
  • Policy and governance studies
  • Role of forests in livelihood improvement
  • Forest products market studies
  • Piloted Participatory Forest Management (PFM) in Arabuko Sokoke forest
  • Studies on the impact of PFM on forest management and community livelihoods
  • Developed decentralization protocols for forest management in the country
  • Developed a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) framework for trans-boundary riverine ecosystems

Technical Support Services

Products and Services Achievements
  • Training in: tree seed; tree nursery management; and tree establishment, management and marketing
  • Advisory services on forestry and allied natural resources
  • Student attachment and internship
  • Consultancy services in forestry and allied natural resources
  • Disseminated various technologies and information on forestry through open and field days, agricultural shows, conferences and workshops, print and electronic media
  • Trained youth, communities, county and national government officials, NGOs, civil society organizations and students on various forest technologies

Youths in a tree nursery management training

Youths in a tree nursery management training

Nature Kenya and KEFRI officers attending a Focus Group Discussion Tana River County

Nature Kenya and KEFRI officers conducting
a Focus Group Discussion Tana River County

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High quality tree seeds and seedlings


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