Aberdare Forest Reserve: Management

Aberdare Forest Reserve: Management

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Aberdare Forest Reserve which is part of the Aberdare ecosystem plays a critical role in water catchment functions for the country and is one of the five main “water towers” in Kenya. Eastern of the mountain is the catchment for Tana and Athi River while north eastern slopes form the catchment area for Ewaso Nyiro River which transverses through the dry areas of Laikipia and Isiolo as it drain into the Lorian Swamp. Malewa River on the western side of the mountain range drains into Lake Naivasha. Aberdare range supplies all the water to Nairobi through Sasumua and Ndakaini dam. Together with Mt Kenya, the bulk of the country’s hydroelectric schemes along the Tana River rely on water from these catchments. Many small weirs have been installed in the forest to supply water to the forest adjacent communities.

The purpose of this management plan is to enhance conservation and management of biodiversity, water catchment and economic values of Aberdare Forest Reserve. This will be achieved through implementation of twelve development programmes addressing priority thematic areas. The development programmes include natural forest management, forest plantation development, bamboo development, watershed management, Tourism development, farm forestry development, community participation, protection and security, infrastructure development, research and monitoring, human resource development and Aberdare fence management programme.
In addition an implementation programme has been included to provide the means of resource mobilization and plan implementation organization structure.



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