Kenya Forestry Research Institute
            A Centre of Excellence in Forestry Research

Coastal Eco-Region Forestry Research Programme – Gede

Centre
The 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 the kayas and lowland mountain and mangrove forests; coastal dryland forests; farm forestry; and forest plantations for sustainable forest management, conservation and improved livelihoods.
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 – Gede Centre is located in Arabuko Sokoke Forest (ASF), in 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.

Research Focus

Forest Productivity and Improvement
* Tree diversification and domestication of tree species
* Germplasm production research
* Pest and disease management

Biodiversity and Environment Management
* Forest rehabilitation and restoration
* Management of invasive tree species
* Mangrove research
* Climate change and carbon studies

Socio-economics, Policy and Governance
* Participatory forest management
* Research in forest extension
* Policy and governance studies
* Role of forests in livelihood improvement
* Forest products market studies

Technical Support Services
* Disseminated various technologies and information on forestry through open and field days, agricultural shows, conferences and workshops, print and electronic media
* Training on tree nursery management

Our achievements

Forest Productivity and Improvement
Youth participating in tree planting on-farm On-farm planting of Casuarina
* Establishment of seed stands and seeds orchards in Gede and Lamu
* Developed propagation technologies for bamboo species
* Integration of trees on-farm

Youth participating in tree planting on-farm

Youth participating in tree planting on-farm

On-farm planting of Casuarina

On-farm planting of Casuarina

* 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

Destructive sampling to determine carbon stock

Destructive sampling to determine carbon stock

Forest Biodiversity and Environment Management
* Development of management plans for Mrimadzo and Arabuko sokoke forests
* Developed technologies for rehabilitation and restoration on 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

 Mangrove utilization in lime production

Mangrove utilization in lime production

Forest Products Development
* Value addition and development of non-wood forest products from Aloe species, Adansonia digitata and Tamarindus indica
Socio-economics, Policy and Governance
* Piloted Participatory Forest Management (PFM) in Arabuko Sokoke forest
* Studies on the impact of PFM on forest management and community livelihoods.
* Development of decentralization protocols for forest management in the country.
* Developed a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) framework for trans-boundary riverine ecosystems

Technical Support Services
* Disseminated various technologies and information on forestry through open and field days, agricultural shows, conferences and workshops, print and electronic media
* Training youth, communities, County and National Government officials, NGOs, Civil society organizations and students on attachment on various forest technologies

CERRP stand at Mombasa International Trade Fair

CERRP stand at Mombasa International Trade Fair

Students learning in Centre laboratories

Students learning in Gede Centre laboratories

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 attending
a Focus Group Discussion Tana River County

Our Products

* High quality tree seeds and seedlings

Our Services

pic13 * Training in tree seed, tree nursery management, 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