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Land Use/Land Cover Trends

Changes in forest cover over time needs documentation to provide decision/policy makers with data on forest loss over time. Decision makers need data on parameters that influence land use to be able to plan for the people of the District. The data also guides the Kakamega project activities in addition to providing base maps to support the project's environmental education programs, for example, how the forest has changed in area and intensity of use over time.

The Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing (DRSRS) are generating land use/cover data for the Kakamega forest area.
  • Existing land use information is being reviewed to obtain current land cover/ use patterns around Kakamega forest. The percentage cover types of each land use category are being tabulated and compared with corresponding land use categories.

  • The land use classes are being overlayed in a GIS system and periodic change determined. Climate, population and land use /land cover data is being overlayed to establish land use practices and their impact on the sustainability of forest resources.

  • Infrastructural features are being digitised, the tenure system computerised and the relationship with land use and land cover, geological and population patterns documented.

Kakamega Forest map
Kakamega Forest land use and land cover pattern (Click on map for enlarged view)

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