The Kenya resource center for indigenousknowledge (KENRIK) is a section under the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) department ,National Museums of Kenya. It was established in 1995 to document and preserve the endangered /threatened indigenous knowledge held by different communities in Kenya which has traditionally served an important role in environmental conservation , natural resource management, food security and traditional healthcare systems.
To identify, record and disseminate indigenous knowledge for use in conservation, education and sustainable development and preserving cultural heritage
To be a center of excellence in research,documentation and dissemination of indigenous knowledge for Kenya
- Conduct e-search, documentation and promotion of I.K with a view to preserving cultural and biological diversity for sustainable development in Kenya and in the world
- Establish a national Indigenous knowledge base for storage and management for end users of in various development programs
- Create institutional linkage that will promote equitable and wide participation in natural resource management, research, conservation as well as add value to community products and systems.
- Disseminate IK to contribute to policy formulation and other initiatives affecting indigenous communities within Kenya and in the region.
Research activities and projects
- Traditional medicine and medicinal plantsdocumentation.
- Community based conservation (restorationand sustainable harvesting)
- Capacity building and networking with otherstakeholders
- Traditional foods and their inventories,ethnobotanical surveys, conservation status, threats and associates IK.
- Ethnoecological technologies, climatechange, traditional farming, tools
Collections and Data bases
- Over 2000 digital photos has been preserve
- Medicinal Plants of East Africa (MPEA)
- Data base on Kenyan Recipes
- SEPASAL Data base
- KENRIK Library and Research Team
Modest library with collection of publications and a team of experienced scientists on expertise on a wide range of discipline including ethnobotany, ecology, policy and natural resources management
Research activities Projects and databases
- Survey of Economic Plants in Aridand Semi Arid Lands, (SEPASAL): Completed
- Traditional Medicines and Medicinal Plants (TM&MP): completed
- Ecology of Eastern Mau forest,funded by the Green Belt Movement:Ongoing
Staff listing and short biodata
- Dr Joseph Mutanga PhD (HoS and Senior Research Scientist)
- Dr Roba Hassan PhD(Environment and Development Studies)
Research Interest: Participatory environmental management, sustainable use of arid and semi-arid environment;Pastoralism Indigenous institution and Global Environmental Governance
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- Patrick Maundu (Research Scientist)- Position (Ethnobotanist )
- Peris Kariuki Msc (Research Scientist)
- Ruth Adeka HND(Research Technician)
Research interest: Documentation of indigenous knowledge, Promotion of Traditional Foods,plant databases and public programmes work
- Henry ole Saitabau Dip Env Sc. (Fellowship)
- Ruth Kamau (Secretary)