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Flora of Menengai Caldera, Kenya

Forest ecosystems provide a continuous flow of goods and services that support the Kenyan economy directly or indirectly by sustaining livelihoods. Although forests cover only a small area of about 1.7% of Kenya's total land area (Toroitich, 2009), closed forests are crucial water catchments, and harbor a disproportionate amount of Kenya's biodiversity. Among these forests are the five largest blocks (also referred to as Kenya's water towers), namely Mt. Kenya, Aberdares, Mt. Elgon, Cherangani and Mau Forest Complex that has a combined area of 403,000 ha.
Menengai forest located in East Mau forms the northern boundary of Lake Nakuru. The Menengai forest has resources that serve lots of benefits to the local communities in form of grazing, materials for construction, food fuel wood, and traditional medicine. However there is no documentation of these. Further, although different forest resources are extracted from the forest continuously by local communities, the forest managers do not have information on how these resources influence socio-economic and the general well being of those who depend on the forest.
The declining Menengai forest remains to be properly studied for flora and fauna and in particular the key invertebrate taxa, which support the ecosystem services such as pollination. Pollinators have a direct correlation to forest plant numbers, diversity (plant community composition) and population genetics (Calvo & Hortvitz 1990) and they exert indirect effects on all higher trophic levels organisms that use plants for food or shelter (Abrams 1995). Key habitat changes affect sensitive species, which may decline or disappear while still undocumented. The African pollinators Initiative, plan of action (Gemmill, Eardley, Kinuthia, Kwapong & Gordon 2003) highlights what needs to be done to conserve pollinators especially in agro-ecosystems and other habitats (Shepherd, Buchmann, Vaughan & Black 2003).


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The following is a breakdown of charges at Menengai Crater's Gate.
1. Adults Residents ( Including East Africa ) Kes 400
2. Adult Non-Residents (Including non East Africa) Kes 600
3. Child  Non Residents kes 150
4. Child Residents kes 100
5. School Groups kes 50
6. Vehicle (Free)
7. Tour Guide (Day) Kes 1000
Contact: Forester, Kenya Forest Service, Menengai Forest Station.
The above rates are subject to revision

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