James Maua

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James Maua

E-mail : jmaua@kefri.org
Researcher ID : -
Designation : Principal Research Scientist
Expertise : Forest ecology/Socio-economics

Journal Papers

  1. James Odhiambo Maua, Musingo Tito E. Mbuvi , Paul Matiku , Serah Munguti , Emily Mateche, and Moses Owili (2022) The difficult choice - to conserve the living filters or utilizing the full potential of wetlands: Insights from the Yala swamp, Kenya in Environmental Challenges. Vol. 6, 100427.
  2. Population structure and regeneration status of woody species in a remnant tropical forest: A case study of South Nandi forest, Kenya. Global Ecology and Conservation 21 (2020) e00820. http://www.elsevier.com/locate/gecco Authors: James O. Maua, Harrison Mugatsia Tsingalia, Joshua Cheboiwo & David Odee.
  3. James Odhiambo Maua, Harrison Mugatsia Tsingalia & Joshua Cheboiwo (2019) Economic value of non-timber forest products utilized by the households adjacent to the South Nandi forest reserve in Kenya, East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal, 83:4, 368-391, DOI: 10.1080/00128325.2019.1660037
  4. Socio-economic Factors Influencing Dependence of Households on Non-Timber Forest Products in South Nandi Forest, Kenya. Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development 9(14):105-113, 2018. Authors: James O. Maua, Tsingalia, M.H. & Cheboiwo, J.
  5. Species Diversity and Utilization of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) by Households Adjacent to South Nandi Forest, Kenya. Journal of Natural Sciences Research.8(20): 50-65, 2018. Authors: James O. Maua, Tsingalia, M.H. & Cheboiwo, J.
  6. Perceptions on Participatory Forest Management Impacts on Poverty for selected Forest Adjacent Communities in Kenya. Mbuvi, M.T.E., Maua, J.O., Ongugo, P.O., Koech, C.K., Othim, R.A. and Musyoki, J.K. ARPIP-KEFRI PROJECT REPORT NO.1. KEFRI 2009.
  7. Contributed in 3 articles in the East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal No. 58 (Special Issue); Forestry in Irrigation schemes with special reference to Kenya (1993):
    • Rainwater harvesting as a method for bushland rehabilitation with selected indigenous and exotic dryland species. E. Afr. Agric. For. J. 58: 59-69. V. Kaarakka and J.O. Maua
    • Observations on pod production of planted Prosopis juliflora in Bura-Tana. E. Afr. Agric. For. J. 58: 111-114. A. Otsamo and J.O. Maua
    • Utilization of Prosopis juliflora for charcoal production in Bura Irrigation Settlement Project in Eastern Kenya. E. Afr. Agric. For. J. 58: 115-117. James Maua and A. Otsamo


  1. Tree Seed Handbook of Kenya (2nd Edition) edited by Omondi, W.; Maua, J.O.; and Gachathi, F.N. (2004). Book Chapter
  2. Contributed in” A Dryland Forestry Handbook for Kenya, Nairobi (1992)
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Technical Notes /Protocols/Guidelines

  1. KEFRI Technical Note No. 19: Performance of Eucalyptus camaldulensis Dehnh. Var. camaldulensis provenances irrigated under conditions in Bura-Tana, Kenya (1997).
  2. KEFRI Technical Note No. 16: Performance of trees using microcatchments in Bura-Tana, Kenya (1992).

Policy Briefs

  1. Making Participatory Forest Management work in Kenya. Policy Brief by Mbuvi, M.T.E., Ongugo, P.O.,Maua, J.O.and Koech, C.K. (2009).


  • Principal Research Scientist 2010-Date
  • Senior Research Scientist 2001 -2010
  • Research Scientist
  • Assistant Research Scientist

Academic Qualification

  • 2014- date :PhD in Environmental Biology, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
  • 2001-2005 : Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Forest Economics and Management, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
  • 1986-1989 : Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Forestry, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

Key Competencies

  1. Has worked in different ecological zones of Kenya including ASALs
  2. Has relevant experience regarding NTFPs
  3. Has held administrative positions at KEFRI
  4. Experienced in problem analysis, research methodology and using appropriate experimental designs.
  5. Have working knowledge of field measurements and data analysis.
  6. Have used survey and evaluation research techniques.
  7. Writing scientific reports
  8. Has participated in the preparation of Participatory Forest Management Plans for Bunyala and Kibiri Forest Stations in Kakamega and Vihiga Counties respectively.

Other Courses

  1. Financial Management for Non-finance Managers Seminar held on 18th to 22nd August 2008 at Kenya Institute of Administration.
  2. Training Course in Accounting and Finance for the Non-Financial Manager from 25th to 27th August 2004 at Kenya Institute of Business Training.
  3. Senior Management Seminar No.118/2003 from 29th September to 18th October 2003 at Kenya Institute of Administration
  4. 10th International Course on Local Level Management of Trees and Forests for Sustainable Land use from 7th September to December 11th 1997 at International Agricultural Centre, Wageningen- The Netherlands