Dr. Joram Kagombe

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Dr. Joram Kagombe

Deputy Director Socio Economic Policy and Governance
E-mail : jokagombe@kefri.org
Researcher ID : 0000-0002-5045-3134
Designation : Deputy Director/Chief Research Scientist
Expertise : -

Journal papers

  1. Joram Kagombe, Stephen Kiama and James Kungu B (2020). Land Cover Mapping and Change Analysis in Tropical Humid-highlands: Case of Ndakaini Water Reservoir in Central Kenya. The International Institute for Science, Technology and Education (IISTE)
  2. Kiprop J., Langat D.K, Cheboiwo J.K., Kagombe J, Kisiwa A, Gatama S and Okoth S. Value of Pollination Services in Farmlands Adjacent to Mau, Cherangany and Mt. Elgon Forests. Journal of Natural Sciences Research (www.iiste.org), Vol.9, No.10, 2019
  3. Robinson, L. W., and J. Kagombe (2018). Institutional linkages and landscape governance systems: the case of Mt. Marsabit, Kenya.Ecology and Society 23(1):27. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-09933-230127.
  4. Kagombe J.K., Kungu J., Mugendi D., Cheboiwo J., (2018). Evaluating the Willingness to Accept for Watershed Protection in Ndaka-ini Dam, Muranga County, Kenya. Civil and Environmental Research www.iiste.org. ISSN 2224-5790 (Paper) ISSN 2225-0514 (Online) Vol.10, No.1, 2018.
  5. Kagombe J.K., Cheboiwo J., (2018). P ayment for Ecosytem services in Kenya: Status and opportunities Civil and Environmental Research www.iiste.org. ISSN 2224-5790 (Paper) ISSN 2225-0514 (Online) Vol..10, No.1, 2018.
  6. Kagombe Joram K., Mbuvi MTE and Cheboiwo Joshua K., (2017).; Role of Devolved Governance in Enhancing Incentives in Participatory Forest Management in Kenya, Journal of Environment and Earth Science www.iiste.org ISSN 2224-3216 (Paper) ISSN 2225-0948 (Online) Vol.7, No.2, 2017 12 .
  7. Joram K. Kagombe MTE Mbuvi Joshua K. Cheboiwo (2017). Role of Devolved Governance in Enhancing Incentives in Participatory Forest Management in Kenya. Journal of Environment and Earth Science www.iiste.org. ISSN 2224-3216 (Paper) ISSN 2225-0948 (Online). Vol.7, No.2, 2017
  8. VIII. Robinson, L.W., J. Kagombe, H. Kabugi, F. Kariuki, M.B. Mamo, D.A. Odongo & J.F. Wamboi. 2014. Policy brief: Framework for Natural Resource Governance in Dryland Landscapes in Kenya: Making Ecosystem Based Management a Reality. Nairobi: International Livestock Research Institute and Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
  9. M. T. E. Mbuvi1. J. K. Kagombe¹ and P. O. Ongugo, (2011). Why the change after a Century: Kenyan experience on initiatives to change forestry management approach. The 18th Commonwealth Forestry Conference. UK
  10. Ayiemba, D. Mbithi, E. Nahama, J. Kagombe, L. Njuguna, L. W. Njuguna, J. Laigong, and J. Mwanzia(2014). Proceedings of the 2nd National PFM Conference: Enhancing participatory forest management under the devolved governance structure. July 15-16, 2014. Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Muguga, Kenya
  11. Joram K. Kagombe, MTE Mbuvi and Joshua K. Cheboiwo; Role of Devolved Governance in Enhancing Incentives in Participatory Forest Management in Kenya, (2017). Journal of Environment and Earth Science www.iiste.org ISSN 2224-3216 (Paper) ISSN 2225-0948 (Online) Vol.7, No.2, 2017 12

Book Chapter

  1. Joram Kagombe, David Langat, Joshua Cheboiwo, Jonah Kiprop, Linus Wekesa, Paul Ongugo, M.T. Mbuvi and Nereoh Leley (2020) SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF FOREST HARVESTING MORATORIUM IN KENYA, KEFRI publication
  2. Langat, D., Cheboiwo, J., Okoth, S., Kiprop, J., Kisiwa, A., Kagombe, J., Gatama, S., Guzha, A., Smith. N., Kanyanya, E., DeMeo, D. Kerkering, J and Doud, B. (2019). ‘The Value of Ecosystem Services of Mau Forest Complex, Cherangany Hills, and Mt. Elgon Forest Ecosystems’, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Nairobi, Kenya
  3. Thenya T., L. Kong’ani, C. Mwangi, J. Kagombe and K. Njoroge (2018). Capacity building on PFM and conflict courses. Book chapter in Forest Resources Utilization, Livelihoods and Conflicts. Synthesis of research under STAKE project 2012-2016 . Lambert Academic Publishing.
  4. Kweny R., T.Thenya, J. Embrog and J. Kagombe (2018). Forest related conflicts – Management and capacity building. Book chapter in Forest Resources Utilization, Livelihoods and Conflicts. Synthesis of research under STAKE project 2012-2016 . Lambert Academic Publishing.
  5. Kweny R., T.Thenya, J. Embrog and J. Kagombe (2018). Annex 2: Policy on conflict Resolution in Kenya: Management and capacity building. Book chapter in Forest Resources Utilization, Livelihoods and Conflicts. Synthesis of research under STAKE project 2012-2016 . Lambert Academic Publishing
  6. W. Ayiemba, D. Mbithi, E. Nahama, J. Kagombe, L. Njuguna, L. W. Njuguna, J. Laigong, and J. Mwanzia (2014). Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Muguga, Kenya. Proceedings of the 2nd National PFM Conference: Enhancing participatory forest management under the devolved governance structure. July 15-16, 2014.
  7. Kagombe J.K., Kimondo J., Kiama S., (2015. North and South Nandi Strategic Ecosystem Management plan 2015-2040.)... Plan development supported by GEF/UNDP through the “Strengthening Protected Areas Network within the Eastern Montane Forest Hotspot of Kenya project” coordinated by Nature Kenya Kenya. Forest Service
  8. Kagombe J.K., Kimondo J., Kiama S., (2015. Kakamega Strategic Ecosystem Management plan, 2015-2040. Plan development supported by GEF/UNDP through the “Strengthening Protected Areas Network within the Eastern Montane Forest Hotspot of Kenya project” coordinated by Nature Kenya . Kenya Forest Service
  9. Kagombe J.K., Kimondo J., Kiama S., (2015. Cherangani Strategic Ecosystem Management plan, 2015-2040. Plan development supported by GEF/UNDP through the “Strengthening Protected Areas Network within the Eastern Montane Forest Hotspot of Kenya project” coordinated by Nature Kenya. Kenya Forest Service
  10. Mbuvi M T E., Kagombe J. K. And Ayiemba, W. A (2003). Community Involvement In Participatory Forest Resource Management Handbook.2003.
  11. Kagombe¹Joram. K, Mbuvi1, M. T. E., and Masere2 David (2004). PARTICIPATORY FOREST MANAGEMENT IN MUKOGONDO-LAIKIPIA DISTRICT: STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY STRUCTURES TO PARTICIPATE IN NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. FORREMS publication
  12. Kagombe Joram. K, Mbuvi1, M. T. E., and Masere David (2004). PARTICIPATORY FOREST MANAGEMENT IN MUKOGONDO-LAIKIPIA DISTRICT: STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY STRUCTURES TO PARTICIPATE IN NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. FORREMS publication
  13. Manual on Preparation of Participatory Forest Management plan (PFMP), 2015.Kenya Forest Service. Consultancy service provided through Kenya Forestry Working Group
  14. Ongugo P.O.,J.K Kagombe,B.o. Wandago, M. Gachanja and MTE Mbuvi, (2007). Proceedings of the 1st national Participatory Forest Management conference on better managed forest and improved livelihoods, Nairobi, Kenya.
  15. Kagombe Joram, (2018). EVALUATING POTENTIAL FOR PAYMENT FOR WATERSHED PROTECTION IN NDAKA-INI DAM, MURANG’A COUNTY, KENYA. PhD thesis awarded By Graduate School, Kenyatta University. Available in KU data base
  16. Kagombe Joram (1999). The suitability of the shamba system to forest plantation establishment in Kiambu District: An evaluation of socioeconomic issues. MSC. Thesis presented to Technical University of Dresden, Germany, Kagombe J.K., 1998.

Book Chapter

  1. Thenya T., L. Kong’ani, C. Mwangi, J. Kagombe and K. Njoroge (2018). Capacity building on PFM and conflict courses. Book chapter in Forest Resources Utilization, Livelihoods and Conflicts. Synthesis of research under STAKE project 2012-2016 . Lambert Academic Publishing.
  2. Kweny R., T.Thenya, J. Embrog and J. Kagombe (2018). Forest related conflicts – Management and capacity building. Book chapter in Forest Resources Utilization, Livelihoods and Conflicts. Synthesis of research under STAKE project 2012-2016 . Lambert Academic Publishing.
  3. Kweny R., T.Thenya, J. Embrog and J. Kagombe (2018). Annex 2: Policy on conflict Resolution in Kenya: Management and capacity building. Book chapter in Forest Resources Utilization, Livelihoods and Conflicts. Synthesis of research under STAKE project 2012-2016 . Lambert Academic Publishing

Technical Notes /Protocols/Guidelines

  1. Langat David, Otuoma John, Kagombe Joram, Cheboiwo Joshua, Ongugo Paul and Kigomo Bernard, (2017). Guidelines for Establishing Payment for Ecosytem Services in Kenya. KEFRI Publication, Nairobi Kenya.
  2. Kagombe J.K., Gachie P., Gathongo M., Ingutia C. Mucheke W., Wakori S., Mwaura J and Nadir S.(2017). British American Tobacco Tree Census Report. Consultancy service to KEFRI on tree appraisal within BAT planting sites. BAT, Thika Kenya.
  3. Jackson Bambo, Volga Lipwoni, Dr. Thuita Thenya, Leah Gichuki, Joram Kagombe, Howard Akimala and David Kuria, (2015). Participatory Forest Management Guidelines. Kenya Forest Service .In a team that revised the guidelines in a consultancy service through Kenya Forest Working Group.
  4. Jackson Bambo, Volga Lipwoni, Dr. Thuita Thenya, Leah Gichuki, Joram Kagombe, Howard Akimala and David Kuria (2015). Participatory Forest Management Plan Manual Kenya Forest Service. In a team that revised the manual in a consultancy service through Kenya Forest Working Group
  5. Kagombe J.K., (2012). Pay as you use: Could payment for environmental services help conserve Nature. Miti Magazine issue no. 15 of July – Sept 2012. Nairobi, Kenya
  6. Kagombe J.K., (2011). Is it time to pay more for water: Incentives for environmental conservation seems the way to go to stop watershed degradation . Miti Magazine issue no. 10 of April – June 2011. Nairobi, Kenya

Policy Briefs

  1. Robinson, L.W., J. Kagombe, H. Kabugi, F. Kariuki, M.B. Mamo, D.A. Odongo & J.F. Wamboi. 2014. Policy brief: Framework for Natural Resource Governance in Dryland Landscapes in Kenya: Making Ecosystem Based Management a Reality. Nairobi: International Livestock Research Institute and Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
  2. Dr T Thenya, J Kagombe, Prof J Emborg, Prof J Lund , Prof N Karanja, Prof R Wahome, Prof S Kiama, Prof V Vindelov Conflict Resolutions in Eastern Mau STAKE (2016).
  3. Joram K. Kagombe, James Gitonga and Michael Gachanja (2005).MANAGEMENT, SOCIOECONOMIC IMPACTS AND IMPLICATIONS OF THE BAN ON TIMBER HARVESTING. Policy No. 1, Kenya Forestry Working Group. Kenya Forest Working Group Policy No. 5

Experience

  • 2019 – 2020 : Chief Research Scientist and Deputy Director
  • 2018 – 2009 : Principal Research Officer.

  1. Deputy Regional Director, Central Highlands Eco-region Research Program,
  2. Coordinator of KEFRI component of Kenya Water Towers Climate Resilience project in conjunction with US Forest Service. Main output was Total Ecosystem Service Valuation for Mau, Cherangani and Mt. Elgon,
  3. Coordinator of Participatory Forest Management approaches in KEFRI,
  4. Chairman Technical committee that organized KEFRI conference, 2018,
  5. Leads consultant in British American Tobacco on farm tree appraisal, 2017,
  6. REDD+ consultation and participation working group member involved in consultation and participation, benefit sharing and SESA,
  7. Working group committee member in KAPSLMP that is piloting PES in Sasumua,
  8. Development of Forest Ecosystem management plan for Nandi, Kakamega and Cherangani ecosystems,
  9. Team Leader KEFRI component in STAKE project in Conjuction with Wangari Maathai Institute and University of Copenhagen, Denmark,
  10. Consultancy services to Green belt movements on setting up payment for ecosystem incentives model in Gura and Sagana,
  11. Lead consultant in updating Participatory Forest Management Guidelines and participatory Forest Management plans manual for Kenya in 2015,
  12. Trained 100 PFM practitioners in Upper Tana,
  13. Organized 2nd Participatory Forest Management Conference held in KEFRI Muguga in 2014
  • 2008-2007 : Senior Research officer
  1. Project Coordinator for KEFRI component of GEF MKEPP Project, funded by UNEP through KWS. Project aims at improving livelihood through sustainable conservation efforts
  2. Coordinating PFM approaches in KEFRI
  • 2004 – 2006 : Senior Research Officer
  • Project coordinator for KEFRI component of Forest Rangelands Rehabilitation and Environmental Strengthening initiatives (FORREMS ) project. Project carrying out interventions aimed at strengthening systems of natural resource management by the stakeholders. Interventions in the area of natural resource inventories, rehabilitation of degraded sites, natural resource planning, participatory forest management and promotion of nature based enterprises. Project goal was to improve livelihood of participating Maasai community through participatory forest management.
  • Organized the 1st National PFM conference for Kenya to share experiences in PFM in June 2007.
  • Engaged stakeholders in improving practice of PFM in Kenya
  • Reviewed shamba system as plantation establishment method in Kenya to PELIS (Plantation Establishment and Livelihood Improvement Scheme)
  • Developed training manual in Participatory Forest Management and carried out capacity building for 150 officers
  • Developed participatory forest management plan for Mukogodo forest reserve
  • 2003-2002 : Research officer I in KEFRI.
  • KEFRI lead person in development of project proposal and work plans for the institute interventions in the(FORREMS. Have worked closely with other implementing partners, Forest Department, Kenya Wildlife Service, African Wildlife Foundation and USAID in elaboration of the project concept as well as development of the proposal and workplans. Have been KEFRI representative in monitoring and evaluation committee of FORREMS
  • Conducted field appraisal on the state of knowledge on Boswellia species and commercialisation of frankincense in Kenya.
  • Conducted a field appraisal on the profession response to ban on timber harvesting in Kenya: management socio-economic impacts and implications. Study was a joint effort of FD and KEFRI
  • Conducted a Rapid Field Appraisal on the role of forest adjacent communities and Ngare-Ndare trust in the management of NgareNdare forest Reserve . Joint effort of KEFRI and FD
  • 2000 – 2002 : Research Officer II
  • Seconded to Arabuko Sokoke Forest management and Conservation Project as Forest Management Coordinator. The specific assignment was to lead in development of a strategic forest Management plan for the forest and a participatory forest management plan for one area of the forest where participatory forest management was being piloted. The strategic forest management plan was successfully developed and published in April 2002.
  • Planned and conducted 12 workshops as the process of developing the strategic forest management plan. The workshops covered thematic areas on; visioning workshop, forest zonation, ecotourism and education, problem animal control, biodiversity conservation, subsistence use of the forest, commercial use of the forest, infrastructure development in the forest, human resource development, forest protection, research and monitoring and final workshop to present the plan.
  • Gave technical advice in the piloting of participatory forest management in Dida area of Arabuko Sokoke Forest where the communities have advanced in the area of participatory forest management to an extent where they have developed a community based forest operational management plan.
  • Managed to work with multiple stakeholders involved in management of Arabuko Sokoke Forest namely Forest Department, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forestry research Institute, National Museums of Kenya, local community and NGOs
  • Supervised the integrated activities of ASFMCP especially those dealing with income generation activities like ecotourism, bee keeping, butterfly rearing and agroforestry
  • Participated in National workshop to harmonise partnership in participatory forest management held in Nairobi in November 2001.
  • Developed proposal on Arabuko Sokoke Community Based Conservation Initiatives that has already been funded by Biodiversity Conservation project, EU.
  • Participated and presented a paper during national workshop for setting up Criteria and Indicators for sustainable forest management held in Nairobi in May 2002.
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Participated as a member of the taskforce appointed by the policy liason committee on forest management to review the implementation of non resident cultivation in Kenya. Report published and a number of recommendations being implemented.
  • Lead scientist in community participation in conserving and protection of forest resources as one way of reducing desertification along Tarach riverline forest, Turkana District. This was a project funded under Desert Margin Programme (DMP) within Convention to Combat Desertification (CBD).
  • Lead scientist in development and promotion of commercial woodlots in subdivided ranches in Laikipia district. This was a project funded under Laikipia Research Programme.
  • 1995 -1996 .
  • Two years of research in GTZ/KEFRI/Forest Department Project on Promotion of Sustainable Forestry Management (PSFM). The main area of research was Development of alternative Site preparation and Tending Methods that are applicable, cost effective and can lead to higher growth and survival of planted seedlings
  • 1989 – 1995.
  • Six years of research in Forest Products Research Programme. Work undertaken include, Survey of techniques used in forest harvesting and related constraints, Cost and productivity study of harvesting methods used by Pan African Paper mills (P.P.M) logging unit, Properties of Eucalyptus Saligna that affects its use as a transmission pole and development of Kenyan catalogue of commercial exotic and indigenous species.
  • 1994.
  • Attended four months training on wood based materials application technology in Nagoya, Japan.

ADMINSTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITY

  • 2019 – 2020 :Deputy Director, Socio Economic and Governance and Chief Research Scientist
  • 2018- 2019. :Regional Director Central Highlands Eco Region Research Programme
  • 2014 – 2018 :Deputy Regional Director, Central Highlands Eco Region Research Programme and Principal Research officer in KEFRI.
  • 2004 – 2007 :Coordinator, FORREMS project
  • 2016 – 2019 : National Chairman, Forest Society of Kenya
  • 2014 – 2016 :Nairobi Chapter Chairman, Forest Society of Kenya

Academic Qualifications

  • 2011 – 2018 : PhD in Environmental Sciences from Kenyatta University,
  • 1996 – 1998 : Masters of Science Degree in Tropical Forestry and Management (Msc. Tropical Forestry and Management); Technical University of Dresden, Germany,
  • 1986 – 1989 : Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry; Second Class Honours, Upper Division, Moi University

Key Competencies

  • Socio-economic and policy research
  • Strategic natural resource management planning
  • Participatory forest management
  • Project management and planning
  • Payment for environmental services
  • Ecosystem Service Valuation
  • Trainer of trainers in PFM

Other Courses

  • 5-12 April 2019 : Forest Stewardship Council auditors training, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • 2018 : Awarded certificate in Senior Management Course, Kenya School of Government course 279
  • March 2017 : Reflective mediation training by University of Nairobi and University of Copenhagen
  • 2017 : Certificate in Forest Certification from Forest Stewardship Council.
  • 3 - 9 November 2010 : Participated in Payment for environmental Regional conference that was held in Jinja, Uganda
  • 22 - 29 August 2010 : Certificate of participation in Ecosystem and community based adaptations to climate change workshop held in KWS training Institute, Naivasha organized by Wetlands International and Kenya Wildlife Service using training materials that were developed by CARE international, AICAD, Waunginen University, supported the training.
  • 8th to 12th December 2008 : Certificate in scientific writing for course held in Nairobi University.
  • December 2007 : Certificate of participation “ Training Course on Sustainable Management of Tropical Plantation for Development countries” held in China
  • 2006 : Certificate of one week course on innovation and creativity in the workplace held at Alemaya University, Ethiopia
  • 4 to 15th April 2006 : Certificate in Participatory Natural Resource Management and Governance Course for Practitioners, course held in MS –Training for Development Co-corporation, Arusha Tanzania.
  • October 2019-Date : Masters of Science (Msc.) in Tropical Forest Biology and Silviculture, University of Eldoret, Eldoret, Kenya.
  • 2006-2010 : Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Forestry, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya

Other Courses

20th -25th August, 2018: Training on field inventory data collection, Laikipia county, Kenya