The Rift Valley Eco-Region Research Programme (RVERP)

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RVERP, is mandated to undertake research in forestry and allied natural resources focusing mainly on; water towers (Mau Complex, Mt. Elgon and Cherangany), woodlands, and farmlands. 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

RVERP headquarters is situated in Londiani, 3 km from Londiani Junction off Nakuru-Kericho highway and next to Kenya Forestry College. The programme has three sub-centres namely: Turkana Sub-centre , located in Lodwar Town, Baringo Sub-centre is 2 km from Marigat town along Marigat –Perrkera Scheme, and Turbo Sub-centre is 1 km from Turbo-Soi junction off Eldoret-Webuye road.

Geographical Coverage

RVERP covers eleven counties namely; Baringo, Bomet, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kericho, Nandi, Narok, Nakuru, Trans Nzoia, Turkana, Uasin Gishu and West Pokot. The eco-region also partially covers; Kajiado, Kakamega, Samburu and Laikipia counties.

Forest Productivity and Improvement

Development of technologies for growing Eucalyptus species

Development of technologies for propagation and establishment of various bamboo species

Breeding of Pinus patula and Cupressus lusitanica

Establishment of seed orchards and seed stands

Development forest health technologies for improved productivity

Development of Agroforestry technologies for irrigated agricultural landscapes

Biodiversity and Environment Management

Development of technologies for rehabilitation of degraded natural forest, woodlands and riparian ecosystems

Development of frameworks for long-term vegetation and environmental monitoring

Forest Products Development

Development of technologies for utilization of wood and non-wood forest products

Socio-economics, Policy and Governance

DeAnalysis of socio-economic factors that influence farmer decision making on farm forestry practices

Monitoring tree product markets and price trends

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

Trained stakeholders in various aspects of forestry such as: rehabilitation of degraded natural forests, rangelands and woodlands; nursery management; and management of invasive woody species

Our Products

Soils, plant, microbes and molecular analyses

Consultancy in; various aspects of forestry management and rehabilitation, landscaping, and Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit

Advisory services in management of tree pests and diseases

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Our Services

Training on tree nursery management

Training on tree seed collection and processing

Advisory services on integrated tree pest management

Training on management and utilization of invasive woody species

Advisory services on plantation forest establishment and management