Dr. Musingo Tito E. Mbuvi

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Dr. Musingo Tito E. Mbuvi

Deputy Director, Forest Research Support Services
E-mail : tmbuvi@kefri.org
Researcher ID : -
Designation : Deputy Director, Forest Research Support Services
Expertise : Participatory Forest Management and Environmental Science

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. Maria Fungomeli, Marcus Cianciaruso, Piero Zannini, Anthony Githitho, Fabrizio Frascaroli, Bernerd Fulanda, Staline Kibet, Martin Wiemers, Musingo Tito Mbuvi, Paul Matiku & Alessandro Chiarucci (2020): Woody plant species diversity of the coastal forests of Kenya: filling in knowledge gaps in a biodiversity hotspot, Plant Biosystems - An International Journal Dealing with all Aspects of Plant Biology, DOI: 10.1080/11263504.2020.1834461
  3. Mbuvi, M.T.E., Ndalilo, L., Matiku, P., Munguti, S. and Odera, G. (2020) Yearning for an Apple: The Changing Lifestyle of the Tana River Delta Communities in Kenya and Implications on Livelihoods and Conservation of Natural Resources. Natural Resources, 11, 446-472.https://doi.org/10.4236/nr.2020.1110027
  4. John Mwendwa Mugambi, Jane Kagendo, Mulaha Kweyu, Musingo Tito Edward Mbuvi. (2020) Influence of Community Forest Association Activities on Dryland Resources Management: Case of Kibwezi Forest in Kenya. International Journal of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2020, pp. 119-128. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnrem.20200503.16
  5. Musingo Tito E. Mbuvi and James B. Kungu (2020) Policy makers’ perspective on impacts of decentralizing forest management in Kenya on forestry conservation and community livelihoods. Environmental Management and Sustainable Development. 9(3) 1 – 21. DOI:10.5296/emsd.v9i3.16136
  6. Musingo T E Mbuvi, Leila Ndalilo, Chemuku Wekesa, Paul Matiku and Serah Munguti (2019) Engagement of Decision Makers for Improved Management of Shared Resources for Enhanced Community Benefits and Adaptation to the Changing Climate in Tana River Delta, Kenya. Research and Reviews: Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 1-15
  7. Mbuvi, M. T. E., Musyoki, J. K. & Ndalilo, L. A. (2020). Forest Management Teams, a Citizenship Paradigm Analysis through Influence and Importance Factors; Experience from Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Kenya. Open Journal of Forestry, 10, 81-109. https://doi.org/10.4236/ojf.2020.101007
  8. Kagendo, J., Kweyu, M. and Mbuvi, M. T. E. (2020) Effects of Leasehold on Community Forest Association Benefits in Dryland Resources Management: A Case Study of Kibwezi Forest in Kenya. Asian Journal of Geographical Research 3(3): 37-47. DOI:10.9734/ajgr/2020/v3i330109
  9. Mbuvi, M. T. E. and Kungu, J. B. (2019) Institutional Factors Influencing Decentralised Forest Governance: Policy Makers’ Perspectives and Future Trends Environmental Policy and Law. 49(4-5) 264-276
  10. Mbuvi Musingo Tito E., James B. Kungu, Francis N. Gachathi, Chemuku Wekesa Nereoh Leley and Joseph M. Muthini (2019) Annonated checklist of plant species of Loita Forest (Entim e Naimina Enkiyio Forest or the forest of the lost child), Narok County, Kenya International Journal of Advanced Research in Biological Sciences. 6(3): 54-110. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22192/ijarbs.2019.06.03.006
  11. Mbuvi, M. T. E., Ndalilo, L. & Cheboiwo J. (2018) Challenges to Actualization of Decentralization Forest Management Functions: Experiences and Lessons on Devolving Forestry Management Functions in Kenya Public Policy and Administration Research. 8;10, 1-9
  12. Mbuvi, M. T. E., Ndalilo, L., & Hussein, A. (2018). Applying Sustainability and Ethics in Forest Management and Community Livelihoods: A Case Study from Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Kenya. Open Journal of Forestry, 8, 532-552. https://doi.org/10.4236/ojf.2018.84033
  13. Mbuvi, M. T. E., and J. K. Cheboiwo (2017) Role of Devolved Governance in Enhancing Incentives in Participatory Forest Management in Kenya Journal of Environment and Earth Science. 7 1-5
  14. Chemuku W., Nereoh L., Maranga, E., Bernard Kirui, B., Muturi, G., Mbuvi, M. T. E., and Chikamai, B. (2016) Effects of Forest Disturbance on Vegetation Structure and Above-Ground Carbon in Three Isolated Forest Patches of Taita Hills Open Journal of Forestry. 6, 142-161
  15. Mbuvi, M. T. E., J. K. Musyoki, A. O. Ayiemba and J. W. Gichuki (2015) Determining the potential for introducing and sustaining Participatory Forest Management: A case study of South Nandi Forest of Western Kenya International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation Vol. 7(3): 190-201
  16. Mbuvi, M. T. E., Musyoki, J. K and Ongugo, P. (2015) Equity Mechanisms in Traditional Forest Management Systems: A Case Study of Loita Forest in Kenya Journal of Sustainable Forestry 34:4, 380-405
  17. Nilufar M., S. I. Mohammad, Mbuvi, M. T. E., B. O. Owuor. P. O. Ongugo and M, A. Syed (2014) Group inequality and environmental sustainability: Insights 7 from Bangladesh and Kenyan forest commons. Sustainability. 6, 1462-1488,
  18. Mbuvi, M. T. E. and Musyoki J. K. (2013) Impacts of participatory forest management on community livelihoods: A case study of Dida Community adjacent to Arabuko-Sokoke forest in Kilifi County, Kenya. World Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 1 (2), pp. 044-055
  19. Mwendwa, K. A., Gordon, I.,Mbuvi, M. T. E. and Maweu J. M. (2003) Participatory Learning and Action Research among communities adjacent to Arabuko-Sokoke forest. Recent advances in Coastal Ecology African Studies Centre. Research Report 70/2003
  20. Musingo Tito E. Mbuvi (1997), Women have an Edge over Men on Traditional Medical Practice (TMPc) Knowledge: The Assumption versus the Field Situation. Journal for Ethnomedicine Special issue 11: 97-102
  21. Musingo Tito E. Mbuvi (1998), Cultural Influence on the Therapy Seeking Behaviour of some Kenyan Communities. Journal for Ethnomedicine. Special issue 14: 39-43
  22. Mbuvi M. T. E. 1996. Using names as a guide to past ecology and land use practices. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), PLA notes No. 27


  1. Kamondo B., Muturi, G., Mbuvi M.T.E. Ochieng D, Wekesa C, Riziki, M., Akinyi L., Malonza, P. K., Ogwaka B., Mulwa R. K and Marahaba D. M. (2020) (eds.) Biodiversity status of Buda forest Kenya. A KEFRI and Base Titanium Publication. Nairobi Kenya
  2. Ochieng D., Luvanda A., Wekesa C., Mbuvi M. T. E. and Ndalilo L, (2017) (eds.) Biodiversity status of Arabuko Sokoke forest Kenya. A KEFRI, World Bank, GEF, KCDP Publication. Nairobi Kenya
  3. Mbuvi, M. T. E. L. Wekesa, W. Wekesa. N. Leley, M. Ntabo, A. Eshitera, M. Karangi, L. Cheruiyot, P. Manyala, M. Okeyo, M. Sheikh, K. Kihara, M. Muchriri, P. Ongugo, A. Kala and B. Owuor (2016) Capability Map Growing High Value Tree Species in the Coast Region of Kenya: A guide for Framers, Forest Managers, Extension Agents and Investors. Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) and Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development Departments of Physical Planning
  4. Gachathi, F. N., M. T. E. Mbuvi, L. Wekesa, W. Chemuku, N. Leley, (2016) A Field Guide to Valuable Trees and Sbrubs of Kaya Mudzi Muvya Forest in Kilifi County, Kenya. Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)
  5. Mbuvi M. T. E., J. K. Musyoki and P. O. Ongugo (2015) Participatory Forest Management impact on Forest and Poverty Status of the Loita Maasai Kenya LAP Lambert Academic Publishing Germany (ISBN 978-3-659-55231-1)
  6. Mbuvi M.T.E, Maua J.O, Ongugo P. O, Koech C.K, Othim R.A and Musyoki J. K. (2009) Perceptions on Participatory Forest Management Impacts on Poverty for Selected Forest Adjacent Communities in Kenya. KEFRI Publication
  7. Ongugo P.O., J. K. Kagombe, B. O. Wandago, M. Gachanja, and M.T.E. Mbuvi (2008) (eds.) L. Mwambui. Proceedings of the 1st National Participatory Forest Management Conference: Better Managed Forests and Improved Livelihood. June 6-8, 2007. Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Muguga, Kenya.
  8. Mbuvi M. T. E. Ayiemba, O. W. Matiku, P. Kagombe J. K. (2007) Participatory Natural resources Management: How to involve local communities. A Handbook for Facilitator: KEFRI/Nature Kenya Nairobi Kenya.

Book Chapter

  1. Ndalilo, L., Chemuku W. and and. Mbuvi, M. T. E. 2020. Indigenous and Local Knowledge Practices and Innovations for Enhancing Food Security Under Climate Change: Examples from Mijikenda Communities in Coastal Kenya (edits) A. Gasparatos et al. (eds.), Sustainability Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa II, Science for Sustainable Societies, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-5358-5_3
  2. M.T.E. Mbuvi and Ndalilo, L. (2019) Buda Forest Conservation, Utilization and Governance, Utilization and Governance in Kamondo B., Muturi, G., Mbuvi M.T.E. Ochieng D, Wekesa C and Akinyi L., Malonza, P. K., Ogwaka B., Mulwa R. K and Marahaba D. M. (2020). Biodiversity status of Buda forest Kenya A KEFRI and Base Titanium Publication. Nairobi Kenya
  3. Ndalilo, L., M.T.E. Mbuvi and A.M. Luvanda (2017) Utilization and Governance of Arabuko Sokoke Forest in Biodiversity status of Arabuko Sokoke forest Kenya in Ochiend D, Luvanda A. Wekesa C
  4. Mbuvi MTE and Ndalilo L, (2017). Biodiversity status of Arabuko Sokoke forest Kenya. A KEFRI,World Bank, GEF, KCDP Publication. Nairobi Kenya
  5. Paul O. Ongugo, Titus E. Mbuvi, Emily Obonyo, Jephine Mogoi, Joseph O. Maua, Charles K. Koech and Roxventa A. Othim (2014) Emerging Roles of Community Forest Associations in Kenya: The Cases of Arabuko – Sokoke Forest Adjacent Dwellers Association (Asfada) and Meru Forest Enviromental and Protection Community Association (Mefecap) in Getzweiler, F. W. (eds) Institutional and Livelihood change in East African Forest Landscape: Decentralization and institutional change for sustainable forest management in Uganda, Kenya Tanzania and Ethiopia
  6. Mbuvi M. T. E. and Ayiemba, W. O., (2012), Sustained natural resources management and community livelihoods improvement through partnerships: the case of Arabuko-Sokoke forest landscape in Kenya: A chapter in: Successful Cases of Sustainable Development. University of Veracruzana Mexico (Published in Spanish)

Technical Notes /Protocols/Guidelines

Socio and Ecological status reports on the following forests and adjacent communities

  1. Arabuko Sokoke forest
  2. Kakamega forest reserave and Kakamega National forest reserve
  3. Lelan forest reserve
  4. Kaibichbich forest reserve
  5. South Marmanet forest reserve
  6. North Marmanet forest reserve
  7. Loita community forest
  8. Kereita forest reserve
  9. Nyamweru forest reserve
  10. Upper Imenti forest reserve
  11. Lower Imenti forest reserve
  12. Elgeyo Marakwet and Kessup Forests
  13. South Laikipia and Tanyai Forest Block
  14. Museve and Kabonge forest
  15. Nthangu forest

Policy Briefs

  1. Policy Brief on Making Participatory Forest Management work in Kenya


1990 to date: Kenya Forestry Research Institute

Adminstrative Responsibility

  • 2020 to date : Deputy Director Forestry Support Services
  • 2019 to Date : Head of Monitoring and Evaluation KEFRI
  • 2010 to 2018 : Regional Director Coast Eco Regional Research Project
  • 2009 to 2010 : Officer in Charge of Nyeri Forestry Research Sub Centre
  • 2007 to 2009 : Acting Centre Director Kitui Regional Research Centre
  • 2003 to 2007 : National Coordinator; Action Research into the Poverty Impacts of Participatory Forest Management Project
  • 2001 to 2003 : Acting Centre Director Gede Regional Research Centre
  • 1996 to 1998 : Officer-in-Charge Gede Forest Research Station
  • 1994 to 1995 : Acting Head Plants for Life programme


1990 to date: Kenya Forestry Research Institute

Academic Qualifications

PhD Environmental Sciences, Kenyatta University (2019)

MSc Participatory Forest Management and Extension, University of Reading (1999)

BSc Botany and Zoology University of Nairobi (1989)

Key Competencies

  1. Participatory Forest Management and Forest planning
  2. Policy, legislation, regulations and guidelines development
  3. Decentralization and governance
  4. Socio economic surveys
  5. Livelihood studies.
  6. Ethno-botanical studies

Other Courses

  • 2020 : Mediation of Natural Resources Conflicts - University of Nairobi
  • 2019 : Result Based Monitoring and Evaluation – Kenya School of Government
  • 2014 : Performance Management Training - Kenya
  • 2011 : Strategic Leadership – The Kenya Institute of Management Centre
  • 2008 :a) Forest Management through Co-existence – Japan
    b) Environmental Impacts Assessment & Audit – Kenya School of Government
  • 2006 : Conflict Management - Kenya
  • 2005 : Improving Creativity in Work Place – Alemaya University Ethiopia
  • 2004 : a) Training of Trainers training in Participatory Forest Management – Tanzania
    b) Team Building – Kenya
  • 2003 : Collaborative Forest Management – Uganda
  • 2002 : Finance and Accounting for None finance managers – Kenya
  • 2001 : Developing and Writing research proposals – Kenya
  • 2000 : a) Preparing for Participatory Forest Management Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich b) Conflict Resolution/Communication/Handling of Effective Meeting Skills – Kenya
  • 1998 : Introduction to Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) – Kenya
  • 1997 : Methods of Biodiversity surveys, preparation, identification and maintenance of voucher specimens– Makerere University
  • 1995 : Training of Trainers (Also in 1990, 1993 and 2004) Egerton University – Kenya
  • 1993 : Scientific Writing and Dissemination of Research Results – KEFRI and University of Helsinki
  • 1992 : Field Measurement and Data Analysis – KEFRI and University of Helsinki
  • 1992 : CD – ROM Management and Technology – CAB International - Kenya
  • 1991 : Problem Analysis, Research Methodologies and Experimental design – KEFRI and University of Helsinki