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Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) Lamu Sub-regional Centre Launched in Mokowe, Lamu County on 17th June, 2017

The official launch of the Lamu Sub-regional Centre was held in Mokowe, Lamu County on 16th June, 2017 and was presided over by the Chief Guest, Professor Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. The newly established Lamu sub-regional centre falls under the Coast Eco-Regional Programme and will serve Lamu and Tana River Counties in north coast. The Coast Eco-regional Research Programme is one of the six programmes of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute that has been aligned from the national strategy. The programme was first branded in September 2009 to specifically address the needs and priorities related to forestry for the Coast Region. However, research has been in existence in the region since the mid-1970s and contributed immensely to forestry development. Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) is a state corporation which undertakes research to generate and promote• improved technologies for sustainable management, conservation and development of forests and allied natural resources.

In line with Vision  2030,  KEFRI has been establishing   sub-regional   centres  as specified  in the  Institute's    Strategic   Plan   2013-2018   and  in  line  with  the  constitutional    requirement    of decentralizing   services  to the  grassroots.    Most of the  sub-regional   centers  are  resource  centers which combine  facilities  for research  and training  in line with the mandate  of the Institute.

In his speech to invited guests, the KEFRI CEO Dr. Ben Chikamai said:

“The KEFRI Lamu research priorities will focus on generating and promoting technologies for diversification and improvement of trees on farms, biodiversity conservation, sustainable management of mangrove ecosystem, and rehabilitating under-explored forests ecosystems such as Boni, Lungi and Dundori. These are some of the major activities that have been captured in the CERP programme”.

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