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Authors: Chemuku Wekesa, Leila Ndalilo, and Carolyne Manya Abstract: The fragmented forests of Taita Hills form an exceptional multifunctional socio-ecological production landscape with outstanding diversity of flora and fauna that provide ecosystem goods and services supporting human wellbeing and livelihood systems.

Journal Articles

Sustainable Business Models for Informal Charcoal Producers in Kenya
: Mutta, D.; Mahamane, L.;Wekesa, C.; Kowero, G.; Roos, A. Sustainable Business Models for Informal Charcoal Producers in Kenya. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3475.https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063475 .

Abstract The sustainable business model (SBM) concept requires enterprises to integrate sustainability aspects in their planning and operations. Although 60% of the global working population make their living in the informal sector mostly in low-and middle income countries, the potential for SBMs has rarely been analyzed for this category

Variations in forest structure, tree species diversity and above-ground biomass in edges to interior cores of fragmented forest patches of Taita Hills, Kenya
C. Wekesaa, B.K. Kiruib, E.K. Marangab, G.M. Muturic Elsevier Journal Forest Ecology and Management 440 (2019) 48–60 .

Abstract Comparative studies were undertaken in five forest fragments (Chawia, Fururu, Mbololo, Ngangao and Vuria) of varying sizes in Taita Hills, Kenya to determine the effects of forest edge on the forest structure, species diversity and richness and above-ground carbon stock along a forest edge-interior gradient, and the relationship between pioneer and late successional tree species.

Institutional linkages and landscape governance systems: the case of Mt. Marsabit, Kenya
Lance W. Robinson and Joram K. Kagombe Ecology and Society 23(1):27

Abstract The desire to overcome fragmented management of the natural ecosystems on which human beings depend has contributed to a growing interest in landscape approaches and to deeper questions about landscape governance systems.

Role of Devolved Governance in Enhancing Incentives in Participatory Forest Management in Kenya
Joram K. Kagombe, MTE Mbuvi & Joshua K. Cheboiwo Journal of Environment and Earth Science. Vol.7, No.2, 2017. Pg 12-17.

Abstract Natural resource management in East Africa has been centrally managed for a long period. However, recent initiation of decentralized system has been erratic and it is only recently, it has been undertaken systematically with supporting legislation and political will.

Payment for Environmental Services: Status and Opportunities in Kenya
Joram K. Kagombe, Joshua K. Cheboiwo, Alfred Gichu, Collins Handa & Jane Wamboi

Journal of Resources Development and Management. Vol.40, 2018. Abstract Payment for Ecosystem Service (PES) is a market driven tool to motivate upstream land owners to practices land uses that enhance water quantity flows through compensation incentive packages supported by downstream beneficiaries and partners.

Evaluating the Willingness to Pay for Watershed Protection in Ndaka-ini Dam, Muranga County, Kenya
Joram Kimenju Kagombe, Prof. James Kungu, Prof Daniel Mugendi & Joshua Kiplongei Cheboiwo

Civil and Environmental Research. Vol.10, No.1, 2018 Abstract Payment for Ecosystem Service (PES) has become a handy tool for promotion of sustainable watershed management across the globe due its versatility and capacity to engage multiple stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

Review of the Wood Industry in Kenya; Technology Development, Challenges and Opportunities
George Muthike, Joseph Githiomi.

International Journal of Research Studies in Agricultural Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 10, 2017, PP 45-52 Abstract Kenya forest sector is vibrant, undergoing a number of remarkable changes. It is estimated that the forestry sector contributes approximately 3.6% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

First report of Teratosphaeria gauchensis causing stem canker of Eucalyptus in Kenya
Machua,J., Jimu,L., Njuguna,J.,Wingfield, M. J., Mwenje, E. & Roux, J. 2016, Forest Pathology

Abstract Teratosphaeria stem canker is an important disease of Eucalyptus species in many parts of the world where these trees are intensively propagated in plantations. Symptoms similar to those of Teratosphaeria stem canker.

Capability Map For Growing High Value Tree Species In The Coast Region of Kenya
KEFRI, 2016. Journal of Resources Development and Management. Vol.40, 2018. Abstract Payment for Ecosystem Service (PES) is a market driven tool to motivate upstream land owners to practices land uses that enhance water quantity flows through compensation incentive packages supported by downstream beneficiaries and partners.

Abstract The tree species capability map for the Coast Region is aimed at contributing to national development goals of meeting the 10% forest cover.

A Field Guide To Valuable Trees And Shrubs of Kaya Mudzi Muvya Forest In Kilifi County, Kenya
Francis Gachathi, Musingo T.E. Mbuvi, Linus Wekesa, Chemuku Wekesa & Nereoh Leley

,KEFRI, 2016. Abstract Kayas are remnant forest patches mainly found on the lowland hills along the Kenyan Coast that are considered sacred by the Mijikenda community.

Effects of Forest Disturbance on Vegetation Structure and Above-Ground Carbon in Three Isolated Forest Patches of Taita Hills
Chemuku Wekesa, Nereoh Leley, Elias Maranga, Bernard Kirui, Gabriel Muturi, Musingo Mbuvi, Ben Chikamai,

Open Journal of Forestry, 2016, 6, 142-161. ,KEFRI, 2016. Abstract Kayas are remnant forest patches mainly found on the lowland hills along the Kenyan Coast that are considered sacred by the Mijikenda community. Abstract The structure and species composition of undisturbed natural forests serve as benchmarks for understanding forest carbon storage potential for reduced carbon emissions.

Smallholder Innovation for Resilience(SIFOR): Watamu, Kilifi County, Kenya Coast 12–16 October 2015
C. Wekesa, N. Leley, L. Ndalilo, A. Amur, S. Uchi and K. Swiderska

,IIED 2016 Abstract The Smallholder Innovation for Resilience (SIFOR) project aims to strengthen biocultural innovation for food security in the face of climate change in China, India, Kenya and Peru.

Cherangani Hills Forest Strategic Ecosystem Management Plan 2015 - 2040

Abstract: The Cherangani Forest Ecosystem is a major water shed that supports the livelihoods of many communities locally and within the Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana basins.

North and South Nandi Forests Strategic Ecosystem Management Plan 2015 - 2040

Abstract: The North and South Nandi Forests are the fragments of forests in Nandi County of the once expansive forest area that included the Kakamega Forest before the 1920s.

Potential Growth, Yields and Socioeconomic Benefits of Four Indigenous Species for Restoration in Moist Forests, Mau Kenya
Cheboiwo, J., Mugabe, R., Mbinga, J., Mutiso, F.

Journal of Environment and Earth Science, Vol.5, No.6, 2015.p 72-85. Abstract: The study was aimed at bridging the knowledge gap by assessing the growth, yield potentials and financial returns of four indigenous species namely P. africana, X.gilletti, J. procera, and P. fulva.

Floristic Composition, Affinities and Plant Formations in Tropical Forests: A Case Study of Mau Forests in Kenya
Mutiso, F., Mugo, J., Cheboiwo, J., Sang, F., Tarus, G.

International Journal of Agriculture and Forestry 2015, 5(2): 79-91 Abstract: In the past, Mau forest complex has faced a wide range of disturbances majorly anthropogenic in nature. In this paper, the ecosystem floristic composition, richness, diversity and affinities are evaluated.

Financial analysis of growing Eucalyptus grandis for production of medium size power transmission poles and firewood in Kenya
Langat, D., Cheboiwo, J., Muchiri, M.

African Journal of Agriculture and Utilisation of Natural Resources for Sustainable Development 1 (1): 38-45, January, 2015 Abstract: Eucalyptus grandis are grown in most ecological zones and variety of soils in Kenya. Eucalyptus production is likely to increase due to rising demand for transmission poles and firewood.

Performance Of 28-Year-Old Provenances Of Liquidambar Styraciflua At Two Sites In Western Kenya
Mbinga, J., Chagala-Odera, E.

Octa Journal of Environmental Research Vol. 3(1): 094-099 Abstract: The phenotypic variation in growth of ten 28-year-old Liquidambar styraciflua provenances was studied at two sites, Lugari and Kakamega in Western Kenya.

Determining The Pottential For Introducing and Sustaining participatory Forest Management: A Case Study of South Nandi Forest of Western Kenya
Mbuvi, M.T.E, Musyoki, J.K., Ayiemba, W.O., Gichuki, J.W.

International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation Abstract: This study was conducted to provide socio-economic baseline information about the forest adjacent community members and other forest stakeholders who are the key blocks upon which the joint management strategies and programmes would be anchored.

An Assessment of the Socio-economic Importance of Melia volkensii based Enterprises in Kenya
Luvanda A., Musyoki J., Cheboiwo J., Wekesa, L and Ozawa M. (2015) KEFRI

Abstract: Melia market study as part of Extension is one of the four components of the Project on the Development of Drought Tolerant Trees species for the Drylands of Kenya, which is implemented by the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Isolation and characterization of microsatellite markers for Acacia tortilis(Forsk.) Hayne
Omondi, S., Machua,J., Gicheru, J. and Hanaoka, S.

(2015) Springer Abstract: Acacia tortilis is a drought tolerant multipurpose dryland tree species widely distributed in Africa and Asia. Its overexploitation has caused its population decrease. A set of 11 polymorphic nuclear microsatellite loci were isolated.

Socio-Economics Of Trans-Boundary Timber Commodity Chain In The East And Central Africa Region
Cheboiwo, J., Biloko, F., Abdalla, A., Kambuku, R. and Mutaganda, A.

(2015) KEFRI Abstract: The global Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) process has become an important tool in Africa, Asia and South America to control illegal timber trade with support from the European Union and other partners.