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IUFRO The Advocate for Forest Science.
The Kenya Forestry Research Institute was established in 1986 under the science and Technology Act (Chapter 250) to carry out research in forestry and allied natural resources. The institute has eight research and development programmes namely: Farm Forestry, Natural Forests, Dry land Forests, Industrial Forest Plantations, Technology Dissemination & Service Programme, Partnership & Networks Tree Seed, Corporate Affairs, Enterprise Office.
The institute also has 5 support programmes namely: Administration Division, Human Resource Division, Accounts Division, Supplies Division and The Enterprise Office.
The Mandate of The Kenya Forestry Research Institute is to:
To be a centre of excellence in forest science through technology development, deployment and dissemination of scientific information.
To conduct research and provide information and technologies for sustainable development of forest and allied natural resources.
Goal and Strategic Objectives
Vision 2030 recognizes the role of Science, Technology and Innovations (STI) in socio-economic transformation of Kenya. The Vision identifies strategies for STI in strengthening technical capabilities; intensification of innovations in priority areas; improving capacity to adopt new technologies; STI awareness; validation and integration of traditional knowledge and technologies in natural resource management.
The goal of KEFRI is to contribute to achieving the Vision 2030 by developing technologies for sustainable development and utilization of forest and allied natural resources to enhance clean and healthy environment.
The strategic objectives are:
The research achievements achieved by the institute in the recent past include:
Why membership in IUFRO is important to KEFRI
KEFRI is currently hosting the 51st IUFRO Board meeting, which will be of particular importance as it is the "mid-term" Board meeting. It is also preceeding the First IUFRO-FORNESSA Regional Congress in Africa, (26-29 June 2012; Nairobi, Kenya).
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