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Journal of Scientific Research and Studies Vol. 4(11), pp. 293-303, November, 2017

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Effective land-use strategies for the restoration of Maragoli Forest in Vihiga County, Kenya

 

Bonface E. Ekabten*, Leonard S. Mulongo and Peter O. Isaboke

Department of Development Studies, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.

 

*Corresponding author. E-mail: eruteekabten@yahoo.com
 

Accepted 17 October, 2017

 

 Abstract

 

The global economy and human beings are inextricably linked to forests. More than 1 billion people depend on forests for their livelihoods. Forest ecosystems play a critical role in providing wood products, food and water, stabilizing the climate, vital medicines and supporting much of the world’s biodiversity. Despite this noble role, forest ecosystems have been cleared, degraded and/or fragmented. Even the numerous approaches that have been adopted to mitigate on these adverse effects as illustrated in this paper are still faced with challenges. This paper examined effective land-use strategies for the restoration of deforested and degraded Maragoli forest in Vihiga County, Kenya. The study was based on Bid-Rent Function Theory as propagated by Alonso. The study adopted analytical research design and mixed methods approach. Multi stage and systematic random sampling techniques were used to collect data. Arising from the study, the potential for restoration of Maragoli forest was affected by harsh climatic conditions, quarrying activities; intensive agriculture and population explosion exacerbate the other stresses already impacting on the forest. However, it’s possible to halt further degradation by shifting the focus from short term to medium and long term benefits of forest conservation, building consensus and trade-offs, and monitoring forest functions.

Key words: Conservation, climate change mitigation, reestablishment, ecosystems, anthropogenic activities, adaptive management.

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