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Central Highlands Eco-region Research Programme (CHERP)- Muguga

The CHERP Offices located in MugugaThe 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.

Geographical Coverage

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

Research Achievements
  • 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
  • Developed technologies for bamboo propagation and establishment
  • Developed propagation and management guidelines for both indigenous and exotic tree species eg.Vitex keniensis
  • Released bio-control agents for tree pests e.g. cypress aphid
  • Developed protocols for management of tree diseases and pests
  • Developed technologies for soil fertility improvement including KEFRIFIX, a bio-fertilizer
  • Developed protocols for tree seed handling, germination and storage
  • Improved varieties of Pinus patula, Cupressus lusitanica and Eucalyptus grandis
  • Established seed orchards and seed stands for seed production
  • Supplied high quality seeds of various tree species
  • Developed protocols for propagation of Osyris Lanceolata (Sandalwood)

Pinus Patula seed stand in Nyeri pic3 pic4
Pinus Patula seed stand in Nyeri Seedlings of Osyris lanceolata (Sandalwood) raised through cuttings and air layering

Biodiversity and Environment Management

Research Achievements
  • 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.
  • Developed technologies and management guidelines for rehabilitation of degraded natural forests, rangelands and woodlands
  • Developed technologies for conservation, propagation and sustainable utilization of medicinal plants
  • Identified drought tolerant tree species and provenances for semi-arid areas

Socio-economics, Policy and Governance

Research Achievements
  • 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.
  • Developed Participatory Forest Management (PFM) guidelines
  • Developed a model for Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES)

Technical Support Services

Services Achievements
  • 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
  • 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.
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