The Central Highlands Eco-region Research Programme (CHERP), is mandated to undertake forestry research mainly within Mt. Kenya forest and Aberdare forest ecosystems. The programme develops forestry technologies for; forest productivity and improvement, biodiversity and environment management and forest products and undertakes socio-economics, policy and governance studies in; forestry. The programme also provides technical support services on forestry.
CHERP headquarters is situated in Muguga 23 km North West of Nairobi, off the Nairobi – Nakuru Highway. CHERP has a sub-centre in Nyeri at Muringato, 4 km along Nyeri-Nyahururu road.
CHERP covers ten counties namely; Kiambu, Nairobi, Murang’a, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Kirinyaga, Embu, Tharaka-Nithi, Meru, and Laikipia. The eco-region also partially covers; eastern Nakuru, lower Samburu, northern Kajiado and upper Machakos.
Forest Productivity and Improvement
Diversification and domestication of selected high value tree species on-farm.
Genetic improvement of selected tree species.
Development of technologies for predicting and managing tree pests and diseases.
Development of micro-propagation techniques for popular tree species.
Bamboo propagation and management
Biodiversity and Environment Management
Development of technologies for rehabilitation and management of degraded natural forests.
Development of technologies for management of invasive plant species in forest eco-systems.
Development of technologies for sustainable management of natural forests and woodlands.
Development of technologies for conservation and management of water catchment areas and wetlands
Studies on hydrological cycles and status of forests and wetlands
Soil and water management for forestry development.
Socio-economics, Policy and Governance
Forest resource valuation including Payment for Environmental Services (PES).
Development of policy guidelines on forest benefit sharing, through Participatory Forest Management.
Studies on institutional arrangements in management of forests and allied natural resources.
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 Participatory Forest Management (PFM)
Established demonstration plots of medicinal plants.
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