The Coast Eco-Region Research Programme (CERRP)


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 kayas and lowland mountain and mangrove forests; coastal dryland forests; farm forestry; and forest plantations. 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.


CERRP headquarters is located in Gede, in Arabuko Sokoke Forest (ASF), 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.

Forest Productivity and Improvement

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 (PFM)

Forest extension

Policy and governance studies

Role of forests in livelihood improvement

Forest products market studies

Products and Services

Disseminated various technologies and information on forestry through open and field days, agricultural shows, conferences and workshops, print and electronic media

Trained youth, communities, county and national government officials, NGOs, civil society organizations and students on various forest technologies

Biodiversity and Environment Management

Youths in a tree nursery management training
Nature Kenya and KEFRI officers conducting a Focus Group Discussion Tana River County
Tree nursery management

Our Products

High quality tree seeds and seedlings

Our Services

Training in: tree seed; tree nursery management; and tree establishment, management and marketing

students on various forest technologies

Advisory services on forestry and allied natural resources

Student attachment and internship

Consultancy services in forestry and allied natural resources