Kenya Resource Center for Indigenous Knowledge (KENRIK) Section.


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

  1. Over 2000 digital photos has been preserve
  2. Medicinal Plants of East Africa (MPEA)
  3. Data base on Kenyan Recipes
  4. SEPASAL Data base
  5. 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)