Spatial-temporal analysis of land-use and land-cover change in East Pokot, Kenya

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Title:Main Title: Spatial-temporal analysis of land-use and land-cover change in East Pokot, Kenya
Description:Abstract: Land-use and land-cover changes pose major challenges to local communities in many parts of the world. In the case of East Pokot in the Rift Valley of north-western Kenya, land-cover changes have a huge impact on livelihoods. While until the 1980s cattle husbandry was the prominent livelihood in the area, the socio-ecological dynamics of the past decades brought about major landscape changes. In this study, we present the land-cover changes over a period of 30 years (1985-2015), focusing on two processes in particular: the increasing bush encroachment in East Pokot (1), and the expansion of maize cultivation (2). The first process is identified as the land-cover change with the largest extent over the period of 30 years. The grass vegetation, which is essential for pastoral livelihoods and the successful rearing of cattle, has strongly declined and acacia bushes have encroached large areas all over East Pokot. The second process is a locally restricted process in the escarpment regions where precipitation is higher and conditions for farming are better, compared to the semi-arid lowland areas. Both processes, the slow bush encroachment of the region and the increasing cultivation of maize, describe different types of land-use and land-cover changes in East Pokot, which also relate to each other, as cattle husbandry is under pressure and agricultural practices are adopted over time. The land-cover changes described here, therefore, also entail social transformations of pastoral Pokot.
Identifier:10.5880/TRR228DB.2 (DOI)
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Creators:Amit Kumar Basukala (Author), Hauke-Peter Vehrs (Author), Michael Bollig (Author), Clemens Greiner (Author), Frank Thonfeld (Author)
Funding Reference:Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG): FOR 1501: Resilience, Collapse and Reorganisation in Social-Ecological Systems of East- and South Africas Savannahs
Publisher:CRC/TRR228 Database (TRR228DB)
Publication Year:2019
TRR228 Topic:Agriculture
Related Subprojects:A4, C2
Subjects:Keywords: Land Use, Land Use Change, Agriculture, Remote Sensing, Time-Series Data
GEMET Inspire Spatial Data Themes: Land cover, Land use
Geogr. Information Topic:Geoscientific Information
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Data Type:Text - Text
File Size:1.8 MB
Date:Available: 25.11.2019
Mime Type:application/pdf
Data Format:PDF
Download Permission:Free
General Access and Use Conditions:According to the TRR228DB data policy agreement.
Access Limitations:According to the TRR228DB data policy agreement.
Licence:[TRR228DB] Data policy agreement
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Report Date:25th of November, 2019
Report Type:Documentation
Report City:Bonn, Germany
Report Institution:ZFL
Number of Pages:20 (1 - 20)
Metadata Details
Metadata Creator:Hauke-Peter Vehrs
Metadata Created:25.11.2019
Metadata Last Updated:25.11.2019
Funding Phase:1
Metadata Language:English
Metadata Version:V50
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