Dr. David Langat

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Dr. David Langat

Regional Director, Lake Victoria Eco-Region Research Programme
E-mail : dlangat@kefri.org
Researcher ID : https://orcid.org/0000-5539-2513
Designation : Chief Research Scientist
Expertise :Natural Resource Management (Economics and policy)


  1. Langat, D.K ., Kariuki, J (2004) Variations in heartwood proportion and basic destiny between provenances of Eucalyptus grandis (Hill ex.Maiden). Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 16(2):179-186)
  2. Langat, D.K and J. Cheboiwo (2010). To conserve or not to conserve: A case study of forest valuation in Kenya. Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 22 (1): 5-12.
  3. Langat, D.K., Cheboiwo, J.K., M.N Muchiri (2015) Financial Analysis of Eucalyptus grandis for production of medium size power transmission poles and firewood in Kenya. African Journal of Agriculture and utilization of Natural Resources for Sustainable Development, 1(1): 38-45.
  4. Cheboiwo, J.K; R. Mugabe and Langat D.K (2014). Review of conservation of Prunus Africana and International trade opportunities for its bark in Kenya. Journal of Emerging Trends in Engineering and Applied Science , JETEAS, 5(6): 372-377.
  5. Langat D.K , Maranga, E.K. Cheboiwo, J.K and Aboud, A.A (2015). The Indirect Use Value of East Mau Forest Ecosystem, Kenya. Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. Vol. (10)
  6. Langat, D.K , Maranga, E.K, Cheboiwo, J ad Aboud, AA (2015). Forest use and dependence by forest adjacent households on East Mau forest ecosystem, Kenya. Journal of Agricultural Economic, Extension and Rural Development Vol. 3(10): 326-337.
  7. Langat D.K , Maranga, E.K, AA. Aboud as J.K. Cheboiwo (2016). Role of Forest Resources to Local Livelihoods: The Case of East Mau Forest ecosystem, Kenya. International Journal of Forestry Research. Vol.2016, Article ID 453354 http://dx.do1.org/10.1155/2016/453354
  8. Cheboiwo, J.K, Langat, D.K., Mutiso, F., Cherono, F. (2016). A Review of Farm Forestry Evolution for the last 100 years in Kenya: A look at some key phases and driving factors. Journal of Natural Sciences Research, 6(16):5-9.
  9. Cheboiwo, J.K, Langat, D.K., Mutiso, F., Cherono, F. (2016). Farm Forestry Development in Kenya: A comparative Analysis of Household Economic Land use in Uasin Gishu and Vihiga Counties. Journal of Environment and Earth Science ,6(8):50-59
  10. Langat, D.K., Maranga, E.K., Aboud, A. A and Cheboiwo, J.K. (2018). The Value of Selected Ecosystem Services: A case study of East Mau forest ecosystem, Kenya. Journal of Forests, Vol. 5 (1) : 1-10
  11. Khalwale, T., Langat, D.K ., Abuom, P., (2018). Factors influencing adoption of on-farm tree planting by households in Shinyalu, Kakamega County, Kenya, International Journal of Horticulture and Forestry
  12. Jonah Kiprop, David Langat, Joshua Cheboiwo, Joram Kagombe, Abdala Kisiwa, Stella Gatama6 Samson Okoth (2019). Value of pollination services in farmlands adjacent to Mau, Cherangany and Mt. Elgon Forests, Journal of Natural Sciences Research ,Vol.9(10): 65-70.


  1. Langat, D. K. Economic valuation of forest resources in East Mau : Forest Valuation In Kenya, Lambert Academic publishers 2019
  2. Langat, D., Cheboiwo, J., Okoth, S., Kipsat, J., Kisiwa, A., Kagombe, J., Gatama, S., Guzha, A., Smith. N., Kanyanya, E., DeMeo, D. Kerkering,J and Doud,B..(2019). ‘The Value of Ecosystem Services of Mau Forest Complex, Cherangany Hills, and Mt. Elgon Forest Ecosystems’, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Nairobi, Kenya
  3. Cheboiwo, J., Langat, D., Muga, M., and Kiprop , J.,(2018).Economic Analysis of Forest Landscape Restoration Options in Kenya, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Nairobi, Kenya

Book chapters

  1. Langat, D.K, Cheboiwo, J and Kigomo, B (2013). Chapter 1: Background. In Kigomo, B.N, Kimiti, J.M and Tuwei, P.K eds, “Forest restoration handbook for Moist forest in Kenya” Nairobi, Kenya: 1-7.
  2. Langat, D. K, J.Cheboiwo and Suter, (2013) Chapter 2: Overview of natural forest degradation in Kenya. In Kigomo, B.N, Kimiti, J.M and Tuwei, P.K eds, “Forest restoration handbook for Moist forest in Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya: 8-12.
  3. Langat, D.K, Cheboiwo, J (2013) Chapter 3: The role of local communities in forest restoration. In Kigomo, B.N, Kimiti, J.M and Tuwei, P.K eds, “Forest restoration handbook for Moist forest in Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya: 13-19.

Technical Notes /Protocols/Guidelines

  1. Langat, D.K , J. Cheboiwo (2015). Guide to Estimating Financial Returns from Tree Growing in Kenya: A guide for tree growers, extension agents and forest managers –KEFRI.
  2. Langat, D.K . Otuoma, J, Kagombe, J, Cheboiwo, J.K. Ongugo, P and Kigomo, B. 2017. Guidelines for establishing Payment for Ecosystem Services Schemes in Kenya, KEFRI, Kenya.
  3. Cheboiwo, J., Langat, D., Ongugo, P., and Kipsat, J. 2017. A guideline for market surveys for farm forestry products in Kenya, KEFRI, Kenya.

Posters and information leaflets

  1. Langat, D. J. Cheboiwo, Sibelet, N (2009). Forest use by local people in Mau forests of Kenya and its implications for forest restoration – World Agroforestry Congress, August 2009, ICRAF, Nairobi, Kenya.
  2. Langat, D., and J. Cheboiwo (2010). The Role of Local Communities in Restoration of Mau Forests Complex – KEFRI-FOREAIM information leaflet 4.
  3. Langat, D., and J. Cheboiwo and Sibelet, N (2010). Mau forest ecosystems: its importance and threats – KEFRI-FOREAIM information leaflet 6.
  4. Njuguna, J, Kimiti, J.C, Langat, D. Okeyo, M, Kamondo, B and Mbinga, J. (2010). Indicators of forest degradation in Mau Complex, KEFRI-FOREAIM information leaflet
  5. Langat, D., Cheboiwo, J., Okoth, S., Kipsat, J., Kisiwa, A., Kagombe, J., Gatama, S., Guzha, A., Smith. N., Kanyanya, E., DeMeo, D. Kerkering,J and Doud,B..2018.
  6. Economic Value of the Water Towers in Kenya: Supporting Decision Making and Conservation of Kenya’s Important Ecosystems. Information Brief, October 2018

Policy briefs

  1. Langat, D., Cheboiwo, J., Muga, M., and Kiprop (2019). Landscape Restoration in Kenya: Is it worth restoring degraded landscapes?


Joined the Kenya Forestry Research Institute, KEFRI in 1990

Research Positions

  1. Assistant Research Officer 1990–1994
  2. Research Officer II 1994–1998
  3. Research Officer I 2002 -2006
  4. Senior Research Officer, 2006 -2010
  5. Principal Research Officer 2010- 2016
  6. Chief Research Officer 2017- to date

Adminstrative Responsibility

  1. A Member Wood Study Advisory Committee on Proposal Development on the subject of wood carving industry in Kenya (Collaborative project between Kenya Forestry Research Institute, National Museum of Kenya, Kenya Carvers Co-operative Union and UNESCO)-1992-1993
  2. Technical coordinator – Economic valuation of Ecosystem Services- Kenya Water Tower Climate Change Resilience Project, US Forest Service/KEFRI -2016-2018
  3. Deputy Regional Director Lake Victoria Eco-region Research Programme-2010- 2018
  4. Regional Director 2018-to date
  5. National consultant, FAO/KEFRI The Restoration Initiative project on Ecosystem valuation of Mukogodo landscape 2020

Academic Qualification

  • 2012-2016- PhD in Natural Resources Management Egerton University -Thesis : ‘Economic Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services and its Implications on Conservation Strategies in East Mau, Kenya’
  • 1999 – 2000 Australian National University, Canberra- Masters of Science Forestry (MSc.F), Thesis : The Economics of non-timber forests products: The Case of Australian Honey Industry
  • 1987 – 1990 Moi University, Eldoret : BSc (Wood Science and Technology – Second class Upper Division)

Key Competencies

Natural resources management -Natural Resources Economics- Ecosystem valuation and investment analysis

Other Courses

  • 2019 : Senior Management Training course –Kenya School of Government (6 weeks)
  • 2018 : International Forest Landscape Restoration Seminar 5 weeks, Oregon, Portland USA
  • 2009 : Advance Research Methods for Agroforestry – 5 weeks Course at CIRAD, Montpelier, France
  • 2008 : Strategic Planning and Project Management Course – Kenya Agricultural Productivity Project – 4 weeks’ course
  • 2008 : Scientific communication and publishing Course-School of Biological Sciences - University of Nairobi – Kenya, 1 Week
  • 2008 : Advance us of SPSS package for analysis in Social Sciences- KEFRI –in house Training
  • 2004 : International Forestry Resources and Institutions, attended a nine weeks course - Policy Analysis of Common Pool Resources at Indiana University – Graduate level course
  • 2000 : Scientific writing and editing Workshop KEFRI/SIDCOM – 1 Week
  • 1996-97 : Advanced course – the use of SPSS for date analysis