Identification and management toolkit for invasive species in Laikipia Kenya
Identification and management toolkit for invasive species in Laikipia Kenya
The project aims at creating a knowledge base crucial in the development of any IAS management strategy through development of toolkits on the identification and management of IAS.
The primary objective of this project is to develop toolkits on the identification and management of IAS to improve the ability of those responsible for biodiversity conservation in Laikipia to identify and control invasive species that threaten biodiversity and livelihoods in the region.
Other specific objectives include:
To identify and fill gaps in existing knowledge on Invasive Alien Plants (IAPs) presence and threats to biodiversity in Laikipia to build capacity for future data collection and analysis.
To make comprehensive data on identification and management of IAPs in Laikipia freely and widely available, including an Identification Guide, which will include line drawings, colour photographs, distribution maps, detailed descriptions of each species and information on various management options, including manual/mechanical, chemical, and biological control.
To increase the use of information resources by landowners, communities, conservation organisations, and other biodiversity stakeholders.
To contribute to the global knowledge pool on the presence and distribution of IAS.
To provide data on the presence and impacts of IAPs in Laikipia which will provide various government stakeholders with the impetus/information to develop and implement a National Invasive Species Strategy and Action Plan (NISSAP).
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Project Snapshot

Mpala Research Trust
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 43,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 3,409.91
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 9,048.21
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
6 training workshops will be conducted on the identification of invasive plants and their threats to biodiversity. Local communities will also be consulted in order to determine current management practices for problematic plants
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
The database of invasive plants in Kenya will provide good baseline data which will not only create awareness of the threats posed by invasive plants but also allow stakeholders to prioritize control interventions. The database will be updated on a regular basis by individuals trained in the identification of invasive plants and through the use of the Guide because control interventions may lead to the localized eradication of a species or a reduction in its distribution. The Guide will ensure sustainability by being updated every 5-10 years and the database will contribute to the compilation of subsequent editions.

Grantee Contact

Ms. Margaret Kinnaird
Phone: 254 20 353 3480


P.O. Box 555
Nanyuki , 10400

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Nancy Chege
(254-20) 7624473
(254-20) 621076
Ms. Salome Nyakundi


UNDP, P.O. Box 30218
Nairobi, 00100