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Rift Valley Eco-Region Forestry Research Programme – Londiani


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Rift Valley Eco-Region Research Programme (RVERP) is mandated to undertake research in forestry and allied natural resources focusing mainly on; water towers (Mau Complex, Mt. Elgon and Cherangany), woodlands, and farmlands. 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

RVERP headquarters is situated in Londiani, 3 km from Londiani Junction off Nakuru-Kericho highway and next to Kenya Forestry College. The programme has three sub-centres namely: Turkana Sub-centre , located in Lodwar Town, Baringo Sub-centre is 2 km from Marigat town along Marigat –Perrkera Scheme, and Turbo Sub-centre is 1 km from Turbo-Soi junction off Eldoret-Webuye road.

Geographical Coverage
RVERP covers eleven counties namely; Baringo, Bomet, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kericho, Nandi, Narok, Nakuru, Trans Nzoia, Turkana, Uasin Gishu and West Pokot. The eco-region also partially covers; Kajiado, Kakamega, Samburu and Laikipia counties.

Forest Productivity and Improvement

Research Achievements
  • Development of technologies for growing Eucalyptus species
  • Development of technologies for propagation and establishment of various bamboo species
  • Breeding of Pinus patula and Cupressus lusitanica
  • Establishment of seed orchards and seed stands
  • Development forest health technologies for improved productivity
  • Development of Agroforestry technologies for irrigated agricultural landscapes
  • Developed technologies for bamboo propagation and establishment
  • Developed technologies for management of natural regeneration of major plantation species namely Cupressus lusitanica and Pinus patula
  • Developed technologies for growing improved Eucalyptus grandis for transmission poles and fuelwood

Eucalyptus grandis plantation managed for transmission pole production at Turbo

Eucalyptus grandis plantation at Turbo

Biodiversity and Environment Management

Research Achievements
  • Development of technologies for rehabilitation of degraded natural forest, woodlands and riparian ecosystems
  • Development of frameworks for long-term vegetation and environmental monitoring
  • Developed technologies and guidelines for rehabilitation of degraded natural forests, rangelands and woodlands
  • Developed technologies for sustainable management and utilization of Propsopis juliflora (Mathenge)
  • Developed technologies for conservation and stabilization of river banks

Grass reseeding at Pelekech in Turkana

Grass reseeding at Pelekech in Turkana

Management of Prosopis through thinning in Marigat

Management of Prosopis through thinning in Marigat

Forest Products Development

Research Achievements
* Development of technologies for utilization of wood and non-wood forest products
  • Developed technologies for utilization of wood and non-wood forest products including bamboo, prosopis and aloe.
Training local CFA members on artisanal production from bamboo in Kericho County

CFA members in Kericho County trained on artisanal production from bamboo

Socio-economics, Policy and Governance

Research Achievements
  • Analysis of socio-economic factors that influence farmer decision making on farm forestry practices
  • Monitoring tree product markets and price trends
  • Developed a model for monitoring timber markets and price index
  • Developed a model for Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES)
  • Developed models for determining growth and productivity of commercial indigenous tree species

Technical Support Services

Products and Services Achievements
  • High quality tree seed
  • Quality seedlings for both commercial and indigenous tree species
  • Commercial plantations for timber and transmission poles
  • Training on tree nursery management
  • Training on tree seed collection and processing
  • Advisory services on integrated tree pest management
  • Training on management and utilization of invasive woody species
  • Advisory services on plantation forest establishment and management
  • 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 such as: rehabilitation of degraded natural forests, rangelands and woodlands; nursery management; and management of invasive woody species

A rehabilitation guide for degraded  natural forests

A rehabilitation guide for degraded natural forests

Sensitization Marakwet CFAs and County staff on the       rehabilitation guidelines

Sensitizing Marakwet CFAs and County staff on the rehabilitation guidelines

-- System Admin - 27 Jan 2017

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