The main objectives of the project are to develop a cost-effective and practical land use change detection methodology and to create a geographic database of the land use in the area. The results would be useful in nature protection practises and in multiuse of the natural resources in the area, and would also promote sustainable development.

The general aim is divided in four sub-objectives, which allow achieving the main objectives:

  • To study land use changes as a reflection of human nature interaction and population growth;
  • To analyse spatial and temporal changes in land degradation and to assess the areas vulnerable to erosion hazards;
  • To examine the management system of traditionally protected forests and to analyse the changes which have occurred over time;
  • To study urban growth in the city of Voi.

The application of existing methodologies and the development of new methodologies for change detection form an essential part of the project. Existing change detection methods for remotely sensed data will be tested in vegetated areas over rough topography and in urban areas. In addition, new change detection methods will be developed within the study.

A statistical erosion hazard model will be developed for land degradation studies. While studying the land use changes, model scenarios will be generated for the future answering the question: What will happen if the current trend continues?

The social and educational objectives are to train Finnish geography students in environmental assessment work in developing countries, together with the students from the University of Nairobi, who will submit the project results to the Kenyan authorities and train them to use the outcomes.

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