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Kenya Forestry Research Institute
A World Class Centre of Excellence in Forestry and Allied Natural Resources Research

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The Lake Victoria Basin Eco-region Research Programme (LVBERP) is mandated to undertake forestry research mainly within the Lake Victoria Basin. The eco-region is unique in natural resource endowment, economic and political conditions. Of particular importance in forestry research is the unique history, forest resources and culture of the people of the Lake Basin and the requirements for management of the forest types and allied natural resources.

LVBERP implements its research and development activities through four thematic areas namely: Forest Productivity and Improvement; Biodiversity and Environment Management; Socio-economics, Policy and Governance; and Technical Support Services.


LVBERP headquarters is situated in Maseno, 32 km north-west of Kisumu, off the Kisumu- Busia Highway after Maseno University. The eco-region research programme sub-centres are located in Kakamega, Kuja River, Ramogi and Migori.

Geographical Coverage

LVBERP covers 10 counties namely; Kisumu, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Siaya, Vihiga, Homabay, Nyamira, Kisii and Migori.

Forest Productivity and Improvement

    Studies on water use dynamics of fast growing tree species such as Eucalyptus.
    Tree and crop interactions in mixed farming systems.
    Tree diversification, management and utilization.
    Pests and diseases management on various tree species.
    Development and domestication of multi-purpose indigenous tree species

Biodiversity and Environment Management

    Bamboo propagation and management.
    Soil and water management.
    Development of technologies for conservation and stabilization of river banks

Socio-economics, Policy and Governance

   Valuation of forestry resources and products.
   Studies on Payment for Environmental Services (PES).
   Socio-cultural values of forests and tree growing.
   Participatory Forest Management (PFM).
   Economic analysis of tree investments and land use change

Forest Productivity and Improvement

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Use of integrated soil fertility management in maize productivity
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Fast growing Eucalyptus grandis
    Developed technologies for improved          fallows and biomass transfer.
    Developed technologies for integrated          soil fertility management.
    Developed suitable on-farm high value          trees.
    Established and maintained improved          seed sources.

Biodiversity and Environment Management

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Rehabilitation of degraded Maragoli hills, Vihiga County
    Developed technologies for rehabilitation of degraded hills and natural forests.
    Developed technologies for river catchment protection using bamboo, Zizygium guizensis          and Croton macrostachyus.

Socio-economics, Policy and Governance

    Developed a group based small scale          farmer credit system.
    Developed frameworks for PES.
    Undertook economic valuation of forest          resources.
    Developed a guideline on financial          analysis of tree growing.

Technical Support Services

    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 including: rehabilitation of          degraded natural forests; tree nursery          management; and bamboo propagation          and utilization.
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Fast growing Eucalyptus grandis

Our Products

    High quality tree seeds and seedlings.

Our Services

    Training in tree nursery management
    Training in propagation and management of bamboo.
    Student attachment.
    Advisory services on forestry and allied natural resources.
    Consultancy services in forestry and allied natural resources.
    Soil analysis.
    Seminar and conference facilities.
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