Forest in Kenya
Mountain forests provide significant value

Economic valuation of forest ecosystem services in Kenya

Research Brief
1 April 2021

Boscow Okumu, Edwin Muchapondwa

Implications for Participatory Forest Management and Payments to Communities for Ecosystem Services

  • Communities living near Kenya’s forests place a monetary value on conservation.
  • Mountain forests are the source of rivers that provide water for agriculture and other “ecosystem services” such as flood control and water purification.
  • It is possible for downstream communities that benefit from these ecosystem services to pay the upstream communities to conserve the forests.
Publication reference
EfD Research Brief DP 21-04, RB MS 1022
Publication | 12 April 2021