: Landscape Ecology, Biodiversity conservation and Climate change
M.T.E. Mbuvi, L. Ndalilo, C. Wekesa, P. Matiku and S. Munguti (2020). 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 8(3): 1-15.
C. Wekesa, B. Kirui, E. Maranga and G.M. Muturi (2020). The Fate of Taita Hills Forest Fragments: Evaluation of Forest Cover Change Between 1973 and 2016 Using Landsat Imagery. Open Journal of Forestry 10: 22-38.
C. Wekesa, B. Kirui, E. Maranga and G.M. Muturi (2019). Variations in forest structure tree species diversity and above-ground biomass in edges to interior cores of fragmented forest patches of Taita Hills, Kenya. Forest Ecology and Management 440: 48-60.
M.T.E. Mbuvi, J.B. Kungu, F.N. Gachathi, C. Wekesa, N. Leley and J.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.
C. Wekesa, E.K. Maranga, B.K. Kirui, G.M. Muturi and M. Gathara (2018). Interactions between native tree species and environmental variables along forest edge-interior gradient in fragmented forest patches of Taita Hills, Kenya. Forest Ecology and Management 409: 789-798
F. Alemayehu and C. Wekesa (2017). Structure and natural regeneration of Mangroves in areas exposed to different agents of degradation in Kenya. Journal of Global Biosciences 6(1): 4695-4707.
C. Wekesa, N.C. Leley, G.M. Muturi, M.T.E Mbuvi and B.N. Chikamai (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.
C. Wekesa, B. N. Chikamai, J.K. Lelon, M.O. Muga and A. M. Luvanda (2015). Gum arabic production potential of naturally growing Acacia senegal varieties in Kenyan drylands. Octa Journal Environmental Research Vol. 3(1): 100-111.
P. Makenzi, P. Ketiem, P. Omondi, E. Maranga and C. Wekesa (2013). Trend analysis of climate change and its impacts on crop productivity in the lower Tana River Basin, Kenya. Octa Journal Environmental Research Vol. 1(4): 237-248
C. Wekesa, A. M. Luvanda, M. O. Muga, B. N. Chikamai and P. M. Makenzi (2013). Market chain analysis of gum arabic trade in Kenya. Oct. Jour. Env. Res. Vol. 1(2): 93-106.
J.K. Lelon, I. O. Jumba, J. K. Keter, C. Wekesa and F. D. O. Oduor (2010). Assessment of physical properties of gum arabic from Acacia senegal varieties in Baringo District, Kenya. African Journal of Plant Science Vol. 4 (4): 95-98.
C. Wekesa, P. M. Makenzi, B. N. Chikamai, A. M. Luvanda and M. Muga (2010). Traditional Ecological Knowledge Associated with Acacia senegal (Gum arabic tree) Management and Gum Arabic Production in Northern Kenya. International Forestry Review Vol. 12 (3): 240-246.
J. K. Lelon, M. O. Muga, D. W. Odee, C. Wekesa and B. Ndakwe (2010). Effect of chemical properties of soils on gum elementary compositions from Acacia senegal var. kerensis in Samburu and Marsabit Districts. African Journal of Plant Science Vol. 4 (2): 021-025.
C. Wekesa, P. M. Makenzi, B. N. Chikamai, J. K. Lelon, A. M. Luvanda and M. Muga (2009). Gum arabic yield in different varieties of Acacia senegal (L.) Willd in Kenya. African Journal of Plant Science Vol. 3 (11): 263-276.
Ochieng’ D., Luvanda, A., Wekesa, C., Mbuvi, M.T.E., and Ndalilo, L (2017). Biodiversity Status of Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Kenya. KEFRI/KCDP. 66 Pages.
Mbuvi, M., Wekesa, L., Ntabo. M., Owuor, B., Wekesa, C., Eshitera, A., Karangi, M., Cheruiyot, L., Manyala, P., Okeyo, M., Sheikh, M., Kihara, K., Muchiri, M., Ongugo, P., Kala, A. and Nereoh, L (2016). Capability Mapping for Growing High Value Tree Species in the Coast Region of Kenya: A Guide for Forest Managers, Extension Agents and Investors. KEFRI/KCDP. 74 Pages.
Gachathi, F., Mbuvi, M.T.E., Wekesa, L., Wekesa, C. and Leley, N (2016). A Field Guide to Valuable Trees and Shrubs of Kaya Mudzi Muvya Forest in Kilifi County, Kenya. KEFRI/KCDP. 40 Pages.
C. Wekesa (2015). Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Acacia senegal Management. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 128 Pages, ISBN-13:978-3-659-77741-7.
Ndalilo, L., Wekesa C., 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. In: Gasparatos, A., Naidoo, M., Ahmed, A., Karanja, A., Fukushi, K., Saito, O., and Takeuchi, K. (eds) Sustainability challenges in sub-Saharan Africa II: insights from eastern and southern Africa. Springer, Berlin.
C. Wekesa and L. Ndalilo (2018). Sustainable use of biodiversity in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) and its contribution to effective area-based conservation: the case of Kaya forests in Kenyan Coast. Book Chapter: In UNU-IAS and IGES (eds) 2018, Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes and its Contribution to Effective Area-based Conservation (Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review vol. 4), United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, Tokyo. ISBN: 978-92-808-4643-0.
C. Wekesa, L. Ndalilo and K. Swiderska (2016). Kaya forests: role in climate change adaptation among the Mijikenda community. Book Chapter: In UNU-IAS & IR3S/UTIAS, Socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) in Africa. United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, Tokyo. ISBN: 978-92-808-4569-3.
Technical Notes /Protocols/Guidelines
C. Wekesa, J. K. Ndufa and P. Tuwei (2020). Mangrove Deaths in Kenya: Causes and Recommended Management Interventions. KEFRI. 15 Pages.
Swiderska, K, Argumedo, A, Song, Yiching, Rastogi, A, Gurung, N and Wekesa, C. (2016). SDG2: achieving food security, sustainability and resilience using genetic diversity and indigenous knowledge. http://pubs.iied.org/pdfs/17410IIED.pdf.
C. Wekesa (2018). Restoration of Sacred Kaya forests in Kenyan Coast for enhanced provision of ecosystem services and products for improved livelihoods. Presentation made at IPSI-7 Global Conference, Ishikawa, Japan, 30th September - 2nd October 2018.
C. Wekesa, L. Ndalilo and P. Ongugo (2017). Traditional Knowledge based innovations in light of climate change: SIFOR experiences in Kenya. Presentation made at Mountain Agriculture Policy Dialogue, Kalimpong, India, 6 -7th May 2017.
C. Wekesa (2016). Experiences in natural forests and riverine ecosystems rehabilitation and restoration in the Coast Region, Kenya. IUFRO International Knowledge‐Sharing Workshop on “Forest Landscape Restoration and Global Change: From Policy to Practice.” Kigali, Rwanda, 26 - 27th July 2016.
C. Wekesa, N.C. Leley, G.M. Muturi, M.T.E Mbuvi and B.N. Chikamai (2016). Effects of Forest Disturbance on Vegetation Structure and Above-Ground Carbon in Three Isolated Forest Patches of Taita Hills. Paper presented during Asia-Oceania IUFRO congress, 24-27th October 2016, Beijing, China.
C. Wekesa, L. Ndalilo, P. Ongugo, N. Leley and K. Swiderska (2015). Traditional knowledge-based innovations for adaptation and resilience to climate change: the case of Coastal Kenya. XIV World Forestry Congress, Durban, South Africa, 7 -11th September 2015.
M.T.E. Mbuvi, P. O. Ongugo, C. Wekesa and J. K. Musyoki (2015). Programmatic management versus business-as-usual: The need to institutionalize the paradigm shift in Kenya Forestry Sector. XIV World Forestry Congress, Durban, South Africa, 7 -11th September 2015.
C. Wekesa (2015). Traditional knowledge Based Innovations for Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change: The Case of Coastal Kenya. Paper presented during Satoyama Initiative Workshop, 10 -12th August 2015, Accra, Ghana.
C. Wekesa (2013). Preliminary results for the baseline survey on smallholder innovations for resilience (SIFOR): strengthening biocultural innovation systems for food security in the face of climate change: Kenyan case. Paper presented in SIFOR project methodology coordination workshop, 29th April - 4th May 2013, Royal Inca Hotel, Pisaq, Cusco, Peru.
C. Wekesa (2013). Smallholder Innovation for Resilience (SIFOR): Strengthening Biocultural Innovation Systems for Food Security in the Face of Climate Change: Kenyan Case. Paper presented in Agriculture Innovation Systems in Africa (AISA) Workshop held at KCB Leadership Center, Karen Nairobi, 29th - 31st May 2013.
C. Wekesa (2012). Experience on gum arabic production potential in Kenya dry lands of naturally growing Acacia senegal varieties. Paper presented in IUFRO-FORNESSA Regional Congress and ITTO/AFF Forest Policy day, 25 - 29th June 2012. Nairobi, Kenya.
August 2018 - Present: Research Scientist I, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Taita Taveta Research Centre.
February 2013 - July 2018: Research Scientist II, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Coast Eco- Region Research Programme.
June 2010 - February 2013: Assistant Research Officer, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Coast Eco-Region Research Programme.
November 2017 - Present:
: Assistant Regional Director, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Taita Taveta Research Centre.
2015 – 2018: PhD in Landscape Ecology, Egerton University, Kenya.
2007 – 2010:Master of Science in Environmental Science, Egerton University, Kenya.
2000 – 2004: Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Moi University, Kenya.
Leadership and Management
Forestry and Natural Resources Management
Fostering Partnerships and Networking
5th April – 3rd May 2019: Senior Management Course, Kenya School of Government, Mombasa.
23rd – 27th April 2018: Modelling Climate and Applications to the Forestry Sector in Eastern and Southern Africa.
1st – 5th September 2014: Climate Change, Rapid Carbon Stock Appraisal and Development of PIN and PDD for Carbon Financing.
11th – 13th September 2013: ISO 14001 Internal Environmental Auditing Course.
13th – 17th February 2012: Development of Extension Materials.
27th – 30th October 2010: Participated in a Training Course on ISO 14001: 2004.