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Analysing land cover changes, land degradation and the responses to restoration and conservation practices in the Manafwa watershed – Uganda

  • 1 November, 2019
  • Wageningen University, Soil Physics and Land Management
  • prof. dr CJ Ritsema
  • dr ir CA Kesslerdr ir JEM Baartmandr ir CA Mücher

In recent decades, forest cover of Mount Elgon National Park (MENP), Uganda has been heavily depleted mainly due to socio-economic demands and shifts in demographic characteristics adjacent to the park. This has further accelerated occurrence of land degradation and disasters along river banks and steep hill slopes. Anecdotal evidence exists on the impacts of this degradation, yet quantification has remained limited.Using satellite imagery and field surveys, the study seeks to analyse land cover changes and soil erosion processes in the watershed. Evidence-based monitoring of responses and their impacts to restoration and conservation practices will be examined in this study.

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Hosea Opedes

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