Kenya Forestry Research Institute
            A Centre of Excellence in Forestry Research

Central Higlands Eco-Region Research Programme (CHERP)- Muguga

The CHERP Offices located in Muguga The Central Highlands Eco-region Research Programme (CHERP), is mandated to undertake forestry research mainly within Mt. Kenya forest and Aberdare forest ecosystems. The programme develops forestry technologies for; forest productivity and improvement, biodiversity and environment management and forest products and undertakes socio-economics, policy and governance studies in; forestry. The programme also provides technical support services on forestry.



CHERP headquarters is situated in Muguga 23 km North West of Nairobi, off the Nairobi – Nakuru Highway after Sigona Golf club. Its sub-centre is located in Nyeri town at Muringato 4 km along Nyeri-Nyahururu road.

Geographical Coverage

CHERP covers ten counties namely; Kiambu, Nairobi, Murang’a, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Kirinyaga, Embu, Tharaka-Nithi, Meru, and Laikipia. The eco-region also partially covers; eastern Nakuru, lower Samburu, northern Kajiado and upper Machakos.

Research Focus

Forest Productivity and Improvement
* Diversification and domestication of selected high value tree species on-farm.
* Genetic improvement of selected tree species.
* Development of technologies for predicting and managing tree pests and diseases.
* Development of micro-propagation techniques for popular tree species.
* Bamboo propagation and management

Biodiversity and Environment Management
* Development of technologies for rehabilitation and management of degraded natural forests.
* Development of technologies for management of invasive plant species in forest eco-systems.
* Development of technologies for sustainable management of natural forests and woodlands.
* Development of technologies for conservation and management of water catchment areas and wetlands
* Studies on hydrological cycles and status of forests and wetlands
* Soil and water management for forestry development.

Socio-economics, Policy and Governance
* Forest resource valuation including Payment for Environmental Services (PES).
* Development of policy guidelines on benefit sharing in forest management, through Participatory Forest Management.
* Studies on institutional arrangements in management of forests and allied natural resources.

Our achievements

Forest Productivity and Improvement
* Developed technologies for bamboo propagation and establishment
* Developed propagation and management guidelines for both indigenous and exotic tree species eg.Vitex keniensis
* Released bio-control agents for tree pests e.g. cypress aphid
* Developed protocols for management of tree diseases and pests
* Developed technologies for soil fertility improvement including a bio-fertilizer (KEFRIFIX)
* Developed protocols for tree seed handling, germination and storage
* Improved varieties of Pinus patula, Cupressus lusitanica and Eucalyptus grandis
* Established seed orchards and seed stands for seed production
* Supplied 2.3 tons of high quality seeds of various tree species
* Developed protocols for propagation of Osyris Lanceolata (Sandalwood)

Pinus Patula seed stand in Nyeri

Pinus Patula seed stand in Nyeri

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Seedlings of Sandalwood raised through cuttings and air layering

Biodiversity and Environmental Management
* Developed technologies and management guidelines for rehabilitation of degraded natural forests, rangelands and woodlands
* Developed technologies for conservation, propagation and sustainable utilization of medicinal plants
* Identified drought tolerant tree species and provenances for semi-arid areas

Forest Products Development
* Developed technologies for bamboo utilization

Bamboo research in Mt. Kenya forest

Bamboo research in Mt. Kenya forest

Socio-economics, Policy and Governance
* Developed Participatory Forest Management (PFM) guidelines
* Developed a model for Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES)

Technical Support Services
* 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 Participatory Forest Management (PFM)

* Established demonstration plots of medicinal plants.

Our Services

* Soils, plant, microbes and molecular analyses
* Consultancy in various aspects of forestry management and rehabilitation, landscaping, and Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit
* Advisory services in management of tree pests and diseases