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Inventory and Monitoring of Selected Taxa

Kakamega Forest is renowned for its flora and fauna, many of them endemic and others rare. The inventorying and monitoring component is expected to provide baseline data on the diversity and distribution of target groups of indicator organisms, rare and threatened species. Monitoring will be aimed at characterizing forest health and measuring changes over time. The information from inventorying and monitoring will be used to guide immediate and long-term management, policy and decision making at the forest. The data may also help identify economically valuable products important for bioprospecting activities in the forest. In addition the impact of human activities on biodiversity would be defined and the essential biological information required for planning, management and evaluation of the project availed.
  • The project in collaboration with several institutions has selected several target groups. Including birds, bryophytes, invertebrates (ants, aquatic invertebrates, butterflies and moths, dragonflies, hoverflies, fruitflies, and termites), mammals and plants.

  • Checklists of these groups are being prepared from literature, museum collections and inventories.

  • The checklists will be published in the Journal of the East African Natural History Society. Groups for monitoring will be selected after a meeting of experts convenes following the publication of the checklists.

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Members of the community participate in setting up of traps for monitoring of selected insect species at Kakamega Forest. Inventory and monitoring of species will be useful in monitoring the forest health and in its management

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