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Research Project: MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES FOR CONSERVATION OF WESTERN RANGELANDS

Location: Range Management Research

Title: The Land Potential Knowledge System: Application of earth observation data for sustainable land management

Author
item Ndungu, L - Regional Centre For Mapping Resources For Development
item Herrick, Jeffrey - Jeff
item Beh, Adam - New Mexico State University
item Wahome, A - Regional Centre For Mapping Resources For Development
item Sande, S - Regional Centre For Mapping Resources For Development

Submitted to: Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/20/2016
Publication Date: 6/1/2016
Citation: Ndungu, L.W., Herrick, J.E., Beh, A., Wahome, A., Sande, S. 2016. The Land Potential Knowledge System: Application of earth observation data for sustainable land management [abstract]. Conference Proceedings: Adaptation to Climate Change through Sustainable Land Management in Dry Lands of Kenya; Toward Improving Rural Livelihoods, June 1-4, 2016, Naivasha, Kenya.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Africa is facing numerous challenges including a rapidly growing population, soil erosion, declining soil fertility and climate change. In the face of all these problems, the need to feed the growing population has led to expansion of land for agriculture and pasture production rather than increasing productivity. Available land must produce more food and pasture to meet the growing demand while conserving soil resources, reducing erosion risk, and improving the overall resilience of the land to produce and sustain current and future ecosystem services. Due to climate change, systems and phenologies are changing. With already stressed coping strategies, decision makers at management and policy levels together with local communities are often forced to make serious land use decisions with incomplete knowledge and information.