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Lake Victoria Basin Eco-Region Research Programme Maseno

The Lake Victoria Basin Eco-region Research Programme (LVBERP) is mandated to undertake forestry research mainly within the Lake Victoria Basin. The eco-region is unique in natural resource endowment, economic and political conditions. Of particular importance in forestry research is the unique history, forest resources and culture of the people of the Lake Basin and the requirements for management of the forest types and allied natural resources.

LVBERP implements its research and development activities through four thematic areas namely: Forest Productivity and Improvement; Biodiversity and Environment Management; Socio-economics, Policy and Governance; and Technical Support Services.

Location

LVBERP headquarters is situated in Maseno, 32 km north-west of Kisumu, off the Kisumu- Busia Highway after Maseno University. The eco-region research programme sub-centres are located in Kakamega, Kuja River, Ramogi and Migori.

LVBERP covers 10 counties namely; Kisumu, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Siaya, Vihiga, Homabay, Nyamira, Kisii and Migori.

Forest Productivity and Improvement

Research Achievements
  • Studies on water use dynamics of fast growing tree species such as Eucalyptus.
  • Tree and crop interactions in mixed farming systems.
  • Tree diversification, management and utilization
  • Pests and diseases management on various tree species
  • Development and domestication of multi-purpose indigenous tree species
  • Developed technologies for improved fallows and biomass transfer
  • Developed technologies for integrated soil fertility management
  • Developed suitable on-farm high value trees
  • Established and maintained improved seed sources.

Use of integrated soil fertility management in maize productivity

Use of integrated soil fertility management in maize productivity

Fast growing Eucalyptus grandis

Fast growing Eucalyptus grandis

Biodiversity and Environment Management

Research Achievements
  • Development of technologies for rehabilitation of degraded hills and natural forests
  • Bamboo propagation and management
  • Soil and water management
  • Development of technologies for conservation and stabilization of river banks
  • Developed technologies for rehabilitation of degraded hills and natural forests.
  • Developed technologies for river catchment protection using bamboo, Zizygium guizensis and Croton macrostachyus.

Rehabilitation of degraded Maragoli hills, Vihiga County

Rehabilitation of degraded Maragoli hills, Vihiga County

Socio-economics, Policy and Governance

Research Achievements
  • Valuation of forestry resources and products
  • Studies on Payment for Environmental Services (PES)
  • Socio-cultural values of forests and tree growing
  • Participatory Forest Management (PFM)
  • Economic analysis of tree investments and land use change
  • Developed a group based small scale farmer credit system
  • Developed frameworks for PES
  • Undertook economic valuation of forest resources
  • Developed a guideline on financial analysis of tree growing

Technical Support Services

Our Products and Services Acheivemnts
  • High quality tree seeds and seedlings
  • Training in tree nursery management
  • Training in propagation and management of bamboo
  • Advisory services on forestry and allied natural resources
  • Student attachment
  • Consultancy services in forestry and allied natural resources
  • Soil analysis
  • Seminar and conference facilities
  • Disseminated various technologies and information on forestry through open and field days, agricultural shows, conferences and workshops, print and electronic media.
  • Trained stakeholders in various aspects of forestry including: rehabilitation of degraded natural forests; tree nursery management; and bamboo propagation and utilization.

Staff display technologies at Kisumu ASK show ground

Staff display technologies at Kisumu ASK show ground

Catering services

Catering services

Conference facilities

Conference facilities


-- System Admin - 27 Jan 2017

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