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SERVIR to produce land cover datasets for East Africa

Zambia: The US Environmental Protection Agency is working on a project to help quantify changes in green-house gas (GHG) emissions over time and across countries. For this, the agency needs standardized land use/land cover maps as inputs to their Agricultural Land Use (ALU) tool for their GHG inventory. The SERVIR platform will produce land cover maps (for 2000, 2005, and 2010) for each of six African countries (Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Botswana, and Namibia) for this purpose.

The SERVIR platform will provide consistent, reliable, and relevant Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) maps and data for the GHG inventory by harmonising data compilation at national and regional levels. The maps will be based on Landsat data as well as historical maps from stakeholders. SERVIR will also compile auxiliary data and documentation and provide training in land use/land cover maps production. The East and South African countries are eager to assist in completing the baseline GHG inventories so they can learn to perform future inventories independently.

This project will produce land cover maps to feed into historical GHG inventories; stronger regional networking opportunities for land cover data sets to promote efficient use of limited resources such as forests; development of expertise in the region; and the new capacity of individual countries to accurately inventory GHG in the future. It is hoped that this project will help RCMRD (Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development) become a center of excellence in conducting such inventories so that other countries will follow their lead.

Source: SERVIR