Category archives: Biodiversity

Finding evidence for land-restoration strategies

Last update on Jan. 15, 2018.

Finding evidence for land-restoration strategies

Photo of an agricultural landscape in Eastern Uganda, by Madelon Lohbeck

Restoration has never been more important, with almost a third of the world’s land surface degraded. But what exactly is restoration? And how do we know if it works?


More than 1.5 billion of the world’s poorest people are directly affected ...

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New version of Africa Tree Finder on the Google Play Store

Last update on Nov. 7, 2017.

New version of Africa Tree Finder on the Google Play Store

A new version of the Africa Tree Finder is on the Google Play store with lots of improvements and new functionality. Have a look here:

Working with nature: tropical forest regrowth and its potential for mitigating climate change

Last update on March 30, 2017.

Working with nature: tropical
forest regrowth and its potential for mitigating climate change

The Bonn challenge aims to restore 350 million hectares of
degraded land by 2030 of which currently almost 100 million hectares has been
committed through various initiatives. Restoration is a global priority; not
only to restore the productivity of degraded and unproductive ...

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Restoring land for and with Kenyan pastoralists

Last update on July 24, 2015.

Restoring land for and with Kenyan pastoralists

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The Land Degradation Surveillance Framework (LDSF)

Last update on March 27, 2015.

The Land Degradation Surveillance Framework (LDSF)


Key facts

The Land Degradation Surveillance Framework (LDSF) was developed as a response to a lack of methods for systematic landscape-level assessment of soil and ecosystem health. The methodology is designed to provide a biophysical baseline at landscape level, and a monitoring and evaluation ...

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Field sampling on Mt Elgon, Uganda

Last update on March 6, 2015.

Field sampling on Mt Elgon, Uganda

The field team from the ICRAF GeoScience Lab led by John Maina and Clement Okia (ICRAF Uganda) has completed the first of two Land Degradation Surveillance Framework (LDSF) sites on Mt Elgon in Uganda, as part of the project "Filling knowledge gaps on the restoration of degraded smallholder landscape mosaics". See slides below to get ...

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Explore data from our network of LDSF sites in the Sentinel Landscapes

Last update on Aug. 5, 2014.

Explore data from our network of LDSF sites in the Sentinel Landscapes

We are in the process of developing an interactive online mapping and analytical platform, and have just released a test version for the Sentinel Landscapes initiative. Click here to run the application in a new window in your browser. You can also view the sites on the Landscapes Portal here.

The Western Ghats sentinel landscape

Last update on Feb. 25, 2014.

The Western Ghats sentinel landscape

**Forest and Agroforest Mosaics of the Western Ghats**

Agroforesty systems (coffee, tea, rubber, pepper, arecanut, cardamom) shape much of the landscape of the Western Ghats, India, and the mountain range has been identified as a biodiversity hotspot (Conservation International 2008; Myers et al. 2000). Before the development of large scale commercial cultivation under British colonial ...

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Land cover change in the Virunga landscape

Last update on Feb. 24, 2014.

The Virunga landscape has one of the greatest diversities of habitats globally within about 790 thousand hectares. Thousands of hippopotamuses and elephants live in the park's rivers and its mountains are a critical area for the survival of the mountain and lowland gorillas. However, these habitats have undergone dramatic changes in land cover and ...

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